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Skippyjon Jones, Lost in Spice Hardcover – September 22, 2009

4.0 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews
Book 5 of 8 in the Skippyjon Jones Series

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"Skippyjon's ludicrous adventures and energetic personality will keep fans happy that his imagination remains unchecked."--Publisher's Weekly

"Silly poems, puns like "Martian into your closet and get us some frijoles," and action-filled illustrations are sure to keep young readers laughing."--Children's Literature

About the Author

Best known for her Skippyjon Jones series, Judy Schachner has illustrated many of her own stories, including the much-loved Grannyman and its companion book, Bits & Pieces. She lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: AD610L (What's this?)
  • Series: Skippyjon Jones
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers; 1 Rei/Com edition (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525479651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525479659
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Stanley Cup VINE VOICE on September 25, 2009
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Holy hot tamales, is this book fun! In the latest installment of Skippyjon Jones, our fearless kitty boy decides he is going to travel to Mars, because it is the "red" planet, and red is his favorite color. Like all adventures before this one, he heads to his room, into his closet (with Mama June Bug's bottle of red spice), and he's off in his imagination to the planet Mars. His old friends are waiting there for him, but a new surprise is too. Meet Martian-ito Skippito--Skippy's martian counterpart. Just like his Earthly counterpart, Martian-ito Skippito also has ears too big for his head, his head is too big for his body, and he has the same affinity for using the word "dude". It's Skippyjon's twin and Skippyjon couldn't be happier! The only differences between the two is that Martian-ito Skippito is red, and has only one eye. He is appropriately named "Uno Ojo". Our favorite Kitty Boy thinks he has found his karmic match until a battle for Skippy's favorite sock monkey ensues with Uno Ojo. Skippyjon ends up catapulting himself back to Earth where Mama June Bug is waiting to serve him his dinner, a delectable dish his sister Jilly Boo calls Tuna Poodle casserole.

I love all of Judy Schachner's books in the Skippyjon series, and this one may be her best yet. She still writes phonetically to get the reader to use the voice inflection intended for the Spanish accent. It it seems she may have toned down that part of her signature trademark just a bit this time around, but not in a bad way. She has also added more "authentic" Spanish words to the story, so your child has a chance to learn some new words as the story progresses. Additionally, the book comes with a CD attached to the back cover that makes it fun to use for read-alongs in the car.
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Skippyjon has once again had an amazing adventure in his closet. My daughter already has several parts memorized. If you do not yet know Skippyjon I would say this is a good place to start. It has all the imagination of the other books and keeps with the theme of stuff kids would like to do, (go into space, travel back to mummy time, meet dinosaurs.) Skippyjon I love you.
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We are big fans of this series, but this one tops them all! We are having so much fun reading this book. We've read it three times and only brought it home a couple of hours ago. We are still laughing at the lines. I'm pleased to say our 8 year-old even got the "Major Tom" line.

There's more Splanglish/Spanish silliness than any of the others. There are also a few treats that parents will find - little sub reference nuggets from the past. Thank you, Judy Schachner. We enjoy her books when children spend the night.
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We love Skippyjon Jones. We have most of the books and about half of the audio books. They are all amazing. The book and audio book of Lost in Spice deserve five stars.

This review is for the Kindle version only. What a mess. I downloaded it to read on an Ipad Mini when we had an unexpectedly long wait in a public place and forgot the usual kid entertainment. The need to roll over each block of text in order to see it large enough to read causes a problem when the enlarged text blocks the next section to be read. It was really frustrating. We couldn't even get through the whole book. Of course since you cant return a kindle book, we are out $9 and Amazon has no feedback about a product makes both the book and the platform look really bad.
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We first encountered Skipito at a fellow Spanish teacher's house. She reads it to her child and insisted upon reading it to me and my children. I was blown away! I could not believe that an entire series of books like this existed! Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese kitty who thinks he is actually a Chihuahua named Skipito! If that's not adorable enough, his closet is a magical place where he and the banditos encounter all sorts of fun adventures. This particular book focuses on his adventure in which he gets lost in.... SPICE! Not space, oh no! Spice! Ha! I am afraid that some of the parents complaining about the book and series are those who take reading with their kiddos far too *seriously*. Alliteration and phonetics and silly rhymes are the focus here, and they are what make the naughty little gatito Skipito and his misadventures so much fun! It's like singing the name game, or playing down by the bank, etc. They are nonsensical fun things that also help children LEARN. As for the book being non-PC, we were not offended at all. Culturally, Skippyjon Jones would technically be considered Asian. But his cultural identity crisis causes him to make believe he is Mexican/TexMex/Chicano. The author does an excellent job with the word use as well, in my opinion. I think the purpose and point is to MAKE the parent's reading sound silly and exagerrated! The kids are supposed to be laughing, that's the point people! If you are reading Lost in Spice or any of the other Skipitio books and you and your little ones aren't dying of laughter and enjoying the time you're spending with one another... well folks, that's YOUR fault, not the author's. :)
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Our 4 year old discovered Skippy Jon Jones at preschool this year and fell in love with him. We borrowed all of the books from the library and discovered the cd's that came with them. The cd's are essential if you have never read SJJ otherwise reading the books may leave you wondering "what the heck is this???". It is goofiness and very catchy rhyming that any kid should love.
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