Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse

Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse

by Judy Schachner


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For another loco adventure. In his room for a time-out, Skippyjon Jones lets his imagination take him to a shack where his Chihuahua friends are yipping and yapping and hiding out from the bad Bobble-ito, who has taken over their doghouse. How El Skippito chills the Chihuahuas and banishes the Bobble-ito will make more amigos for this endearing and irresistible rascal, who made his first appearance in the favorite Skippyjon Jones.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142407493
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 02/01/2007
Series: Skippyjon Jones Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 63,821
Product dimensions: 9.06(w) x 10.56(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile: AD650L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

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. A #1 New York Times BestsellerJudy is also known for her spirited reading of the Skippyjon stories, for which she won the first E. B. White Read Aloud Award. She lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

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We know for certain that your kid will love hearing you read it aloud. (Time Out New York Kids)

Ole to the greatest poco perrito; he’s as full of beans as in the first escapade. (Kirkus Reviews)

This is a wonderful choice for story time or a fun bedtime read-aloud. (Bookpage)


Q & A with Judy Schachner

What inspired you to create the character Skippyjon Jones?

My very own cat Skippy inspired these books, as well as my brother Kevin, Antonio Banderas, and the teeny, tiny, trembling Chihuahua deep down inside of me.

Skippyjon Jones has an active imagination. What is the best thing parents can do to encourage their children to imagine?
The best thing a parent can do for a child is to give him/her the time to use their imagination. Pure, unadulterated, un-programmed, unplugged time. Sprinkle in lots of hugs and kisses and mix with a healthy dose of snuggles and books.

Are family and friends represented in the characters you create?
Absolutely. I believe in exploiting family, friends and pets for fame and fortune. Both my girls were tom boys when they were little. Sarah, the younger was a combination of Superman and John Lennon of the Beatles. She flew around town in a gold lame cape and yellow swimming goggles which squished her eyes close together. Emma was an American red fox and a Viking explorer. Yo Vikings was a book written about them, and it is based on a true story. My husband makes an appearance in The Grannyman. He is wearing pink pajamas. The people who rode the train to work with him everyday gave him a hard time. Hee, hee, hee!

Do you have any pets?
I currently have two cats named Skippy and Tink and one dog we rescued named Buster. They love ice cream but they cannot read.

Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese cat who believes he is a Chihuahua. When you were a kid what characters and creatures did you pretend to be?
I have never been comfortable in my own skin. I much preferred living in the skin of Patti Paige, My Little Margie, Shirley Temple, Davy Crockett, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, and Dr. Kildares' love interest. But most of all I loved inhabiting the characters of Dorothy and Toto. Today I am a Chihuahua as old as Monte Zuma with no plans to enter either a kennel or a convent.

How did your imagination and artwork help you cope with some of the difficulties in your childhood?
Imagination sustained me through a painful childhood of poor report cards and personal loss. I could always draw myself into a world in which dreamers ruled and mothers never died.

You incorporate some Spanish into your Skippyjon Jones books. Do you feel it is important for children to begin learning a second language at an early age?
I so regret never learning a foreign language. Children should start in kindergarten. I'm sure it would lead to a more tolerant world.

What future adventures will Skippy and his imagination take readers on?
Skippyjon Jones and I are currently in his closet working on a new sequel titled Mummy Love.

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Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
AutumnH More than 1 year ago
This entire series is a must have for any family. The interactive sometimes tongue twisters are a delight and will have you laughing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son is 3yr old and he loves Skippy Jon. This is the second story in this set we purchased. These are excellent to read aloud. My son loves them and knows every word. The only minor thing I do not like, is from a Mom perspective; if sent my son to his room in trouble, I wouldn't want him to play like this. But, don't we all. The story is still really cute and fun for the kids. It has him interested in reading and that's the big idea afterall. So we were very glad to own this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Skippyjon Jones books are the most hilarious books I have read in a long time. My six year old loves them too! Can't wait for the third one!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 2 yr old son quotes this book and wants to read it over and over. Skippyjon is full of energy and enthusiasm. Although he is a naughty kitty. The word play and energy has my son in giggles every time.
tiffany06TF More than 1 year ago
So silly with great illustrations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a cute, inviting book for young and old alike. I gave this book as a book donation/gift to a child who would not have been able to purchase a book on their own. I hope they are enjoying it.
teacher-mommy More than 1 year ago
I had so much fun reading this book to my 5th and 6th graders! They love the voices of El Skippito and the rest of the characters! My son has loved all of the Skippyjon Jones books - they are his favorite reads before bedtime, or anytime! And now that he is reading, he likes to do the voices himself!
Nanna_Rosemary More than 1 year ago
My granddaughter and I LOVE this series! It is fast paced and sometimes hard to read it fast, but we giggle and carry on about his antics.
medialady More than 1 year ago
We absolutely loved all of them!! If you haven't read them you are missing out. Hearing the author read them really inspires you to improve your story telling skills!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great adventure with El Skippito Friskito, the Great Sword-fighter!
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
A few months ago, Skippyjon Jones books were Kohl's Cares books, so, of course I bought some.  If you are not familiar with Skippyjon Jones, he is a Siamese cat that thinks he is a Chihuahua dog.  And the books just tend to get crazy after that.  In this book, Skippyjon Jones colors on the walls and then has a highly imaginative adventure.  My son is four, and he colors on the walls and tells highly imaginative stories, so he can relate pretty well to this books.  The artwork is also over-the-top insane -- fun -- but insane.  Skippyjon Jones is adorable with his big brown ears and round blue eyes and teeny-tiny body.  He tends to be the most normal thing on any page of illustration.  I could not read this book every day; it would drive me loco.  But an occasional foray in joyful madness is a treat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great book it was really is funny and my brother who is six years old loves irt even when we go on trips he loves it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best posible book. : )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loves all the skippy jonjones books!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kid-known Siamese cat, SkippyJonJones, is back! I showed it to my 7 year old brother and he loved it!!
Lynski46157 More than 1 year ago
My 3 year old grandson loves this "read-to-me" book. Introduction to some words in Spanish, with the author's voice and accent dead-on. Wonderful alliteration. One of our favorite stories!
Jason Duke More than 1 year ago
My kids love. this book, but I thought it had the 'Read to me' function. It does not, and that disappoints. For the price, it should.
SuziIzMe More than 1 year ago
Delightful and intelligent.
HelenAZ More than 1 year ago
Fun for kids and parents.
avidreaderLK More than 1 year ago
Bought this for 6 year old grandson who loves the series. The rhyming part-English part-Spanish really entertains him. I enjoy reading it aloud to him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this to my 4 year old son(my own little skippito) as well as my 2 year old daughter. It is fun and really gets their imaginations going as well as sliding in the additional spanish. I love it as much as they do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son is a huge fan of Skippyjon and so am I. This book is great for introducing a spanish words into your childs vocabulary.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is fun to read to your children. You can't help but get into character as you are reading. My girls love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a Skippy John of my own at home. Though he's bit older, he still bounces on his big boy bed 14 years later. My 3rd grade students LOVE this series. I have 3 girls who have made it their mission to make a home for the little stuffed Skippy doll in the room. As they 'create' his room out of some shoe boxes they chant the rhymes.
MeghanOsborne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:Skippyjon Jones is in trouble with Mama Junebug Jones one day after he decides to color all over the newly painted walls. Mama sends Skippyjon to his room to think about what he did and, she hopes, to make him start thinking like a cat rather than a chihuahua, but he sneaks into his closet into a Spanish-speaking world full of chihuahuas. He goes on an adventure with his friends, and comes back still wishing he were a chihuahua rather than a Siamese cat.My Personal Reaction: I love the entire Skippyjon Jones series, and this book was definitely not an exception. My mother uses this book in her classroom and asks her few Spanish-speaking students for help whenever she has trouble pronouncing any of the words, which they love. The pictures are also very detailed and sure to capture any child's attention!Classroom Extension Ideas:1. Have students write, define, and recite the Spanish words included in the book before reading so they will know what each word means while reading.2. Ask students if what they think: should Skippyjon be happy to be a Saimese cat, or should he keep thinking like a chihuahua, even though he will never really be one?