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Skippyjon Jones : class action
Other title(s):
Class action


1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, ©2011.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 28 cm + 1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
Series title(s):
Number in series:
General Note:
"Bonus CD included!"--Cover.
Skippyjon Jones, a Siamese cat who would rather be his Chihuahua alter ego, is determined to attend dog obedience school.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 3.6 2.0 54837.

LG Accelerated Reader AR 4.0 0.5 145211.


Call Number
J White (Schachner)
E Schachner

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Skippyjon Jones really wants to go to school. School is for dogs, his mama tells him. It's where they go to get trained. But nothing can stop Skippy-once inside his closet, he finds himself on the playground of his imagination, surrounded by dogs of all kinds. He bays with the beagles, learns French with the poodles, and checks out a Chihuahua book from the library. And when a bully starts sending shiver-itos down the spines of the little yippers, Skippy saves the day and earns the biggest gold star.

Author Notes

Judith Byron Schachner was born in Waltham, Massachusetts on August 20, 1951. Talented at art from a young age, she graduated in 1973 from the Massachusetts College of Art with a BFA in illustration.

After designing greeting cards for companies including Hallmark and giving birth to two daughters, Schachner wrote and illustrated her first picture book, Willy and May, in 1995. She writes and illustrates the popular Skippyjon Jones series for children about a dynamic Siamese kitten.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Skippyjon Jones and his kindle of kitty sisters are back again in this rollicking tale. Despite being a smart Siamese, the feline longs to join his "Chi-wa-la" friends at school. Mama Junebug warns him "School is for the Dogs!"-who are "unruly and drooly"-which is exactly the kind of atmosphere he relishes. Skippy's extraordinary imagination transports him to dog school where he enjoys being the star student in all his classes, including French. But the real challenge is in confronting the savage "bull-ito," a tiny terror that spins around the school in a teacup. A banana is the unlikely key to calming the savage beast. Typical of Schachner's style, the book has hilarious songs, wild antics, a smattering of Spanish words, and humor that everyone can appreciate. The zany illustrations add to its exuberant nature. Children will enjoy the amusing details on each page. As with the earlier books, this one makes for a wonderful read-aloud that will have young audiences laughing out loud.-Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

School is not for cats-much to the chagrin of Skippyjon Jones. Taking on his Chihuahua persona, Skippito Friskito, he boards the bus (via the closet) bound for Barker Academy. At school, slobbery dogs eat crayons and glue, sleep on desktops, and howl in music class. Like its predecessors, this adventure jumps manically between prose and rhyming verse, all dotted with Spanish (and Spanish-ish) words, as Skippyjon works up the courage to face the school's "woolly bully," who turns out to be a teacup Chihuahua. Skippyjon's world is as off-kilter, high-energy, and irreverent as ever. Audio CD included. Ages 3-up. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

In this outing, the Siamese cat (who's convinced that he's a Chihuahua) disobeys his mother and goes to school. Between the font changes, periodic rhymes, Spanish words, song lyrics, dudes, and other stabs at humor, this manically illustrated book is a visual and textual ambush. A CD of the story read by the author is included. (c) Copyright 2012. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

That irrepressible, big-eared Siamese cat with an identity complex is back, this time desperate to go to school just like the dogs.Luckily, Skippyjon Jones has an imagination to match his ears and a Spanish vocabulary to go with the "Chi-wa-la" he sees in the mirror. While his mother and sisters tidy up the house, he heads to his closet, backpack on, to board the school bus. His amigos, Los Chimichangos, are already aboard and ask for his help with the school bully. Before sorting him out, though, Skippito attends some classesart, music, math, library and French. It's while the gang is skipping obedience class that they finally run into the "wooly bull-ito." A quick change transforms Skippyjon into El Skippito Friskito, and he leads the charge. Schachner is a genius when it comes to tongue-in-cheek humor, which she carries through both the rhyming verses scattered throughout the text and the acrylic, pen and ink artwork. The busy illustrations will amuse children and adults alike as they pore over the humorous details. Skippito's Spanish-laden verses are characteristically broken; his fans won't mind, but readers in search of authentic Latino representations should look elsewhere.Children will find much to laugh at in Skippyjon's latest adventure, and although much of the wordplay will go over kids' heads, adults who are asked for repeated readings will appreciate it. (Picture book. 5-8)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.