Book Review: Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner

Title: Skippy jon Jones

Author/Illustrator: Judy Schachner

Format: Hardback

Written/Published: 2003

Having worked in education for a few years in college, I became very familiar with several children’s books and many of them walked into my heart and stole it away.  One of those books would be this one.  It is a rather fun and adorable book that is a blast to read aloud.  Of course to read it aloud you have to be comfortable with pronouncing various Spanish words such as frijoles and be comfortable with some slight tongue twisters like Alfredo Buzzito the bad Bumblebeeto who of course is a bandito.  There is a fair bit of rhyming and it can get a little wagging on the tongue when reading aloud but if you put a lot of personality and flair into it, it is a lot of fun and kids love it!

From a teaching perspective there are a lot of great places to pause and ask questions for the kids to help them learn but even if you aren’t going to teach with this book it is still fun to read aloud and I think is better to read aloud than quietly.  Really have fun with this book if you pick it up for yourself.  Read it out loud to yourself if you can and play with the songs they are really cute and are fun!  I can’t encourage you enough on how much fun this book is out loud, though I recommend not getting the audio book of this… I listened to it years ago and I wasn’t that wild about it.  The recording artist did a decent job but his Mama Junebug Jones voice was really awkward!  (That is another fun thing to toss in if you are comfortable with it while reading aloud… voices particularly Skippyjon’s Hispanic accent!)

Over all this is a book I treasure and it is a fun read as Skippy faces off against the great big Bumblebeeto to save the Chimichangos a band of Chihuahua’s that he meets in his closet.  To find out if Skippyjon succeeds in quest you will have to read the book… and I do implore you to have fun with it!  Over all I’ll give this book a 4 page rating as it a rather joyous book but I know it isn’t quite for everyone.

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