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|Skippyjon Jones in the dog house|
Author: Schachner, Judith Byron
Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese cat who wants to be a Chihuahua dog.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.80
Points: .5 Quiz: 89239
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 3.90
Points: 2.0 Quiz: 38525
Common Core Standards
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Craft & Structure
Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 2 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
Kirkus Reviews (04/01/05)
School Library Journal (-) (06/05)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (04/05)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 06/01/2005 K-Gr 3-The Siamese cat from Skippyjon Jones (Dutton, 2003) that thinks he's a Chihuahua returns in another adventure. Sent to his room by his mother for drawing on the walls, the feline puts on a mask and cape and then sings in a Spanish accent: "Oh, my name is Skippito Friskito/And I heard from a leetle birdito/That the doggies have fled/From the gobbling head/Who goes by the name Bobble-ito!" He then boards his skateboard and rolls into his closet, eventually arriving at a shack where he finds his Chihuahua friends. They explain that their home has been invaded ("Yesterday morning we left the house to buy some beans-when we returned, a Bobble-ito was in la casa perrito") and ask for his help. He solves the problem by grabbing the intruder and stuffing it into his pants. At story's end, Mama checks on Skippyjon and finds him wrapped in a blanket and talking to his sister's bobblehead doll. Schachner's ink-and-acrylic illustrations create the madcap surrealistic world Skippyjon inhabits, but the narrative offers little more than bad verse, confused plotting, and Taco Bell-style expressions-a fact underscored by the accompanying CD of the author reading her two Skippyjon tales. For rhyming dog stories, skip this doggerel and stay with the antics of Lynley Dodd's "Hairy Maclary" books (Tricycle).-Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information. - Copyright 2005 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Bulletin for the Center... - 04/01/2005 Mischievous Siamese kitten Skippyjon Jones returns, still convinced that he is a Chihuahua in disguise. After his identity crisis is expressed in his own elaborate crayon drawings “up and down and all around the newly painted hallway,” Mama Junebug Jones sends him to his room for a time-out, recommending that he “think Siamese!” Instead, the kitten enters into an elaborate make-believe adventure in which he saves a tribe of Chihuahuas, including “his old amigos, Los Chimichangos,” from an evil gobbling head known as a Bobble-ito who has taken over “la casa perrito” (the doghouse). Though it’s somewhat lengthy and organizationally random, the story is highly charged and swiftly paced, told in rhythmic prose crammed with internal and end rhymes that shift from a narrative to a singsong to a chanting beat, incorporating several small poems and some captivating songs full of nonsense and Spanish words that beg to be chanted aloud (or sung) by a group. In the illustrations, the fuzzy feline with the outsized round head, enormous pointed ears, and wide blue eyes romps over spreads in acrylics and ink, slipping through swirls and cascades of shadowed aqua and teal. Reminders of Skippyjon’s Chihuahua fixation dog his progress through the book—from a note to Mama on the title page verso (“der Mama/ i am a chiwawa/ i am a chiwawa/ yo soy chiwawa/ te kiero”) to the piles of stuffed doggy dolls in his closet. Charismatic, melodramatic, and acrobatic, Skippyjon Jones will bounce right off the page and into the listener’s imagination. - Copyright 2005 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.