By Judy Schachner
Book review by Melissa Schmidtke
Reading aloud to kids helps build fluency, background knowledge, and a love for reading. But do you ever struggle to find a book that’s fun to read aloud for the umpteenth time?
Check out Judy Schachner’s Skippyjon Jones. It won the first annual E. B. White Read Aloud Award in 2004 and has a bouncy, pouncy rhythm that dances off the tongue over and over again.
Skippyjon Jones is a spunky, imaginative Siamese kitten who thinks he may actually be a Chihuahua. As the great swordfighter, El Skippito, he works with his gang of misfit Chihuahuas, Los Chimichangos, to defeat a fearsome enemy – the Bumblito. In this first book and in all the adventures to follow, Skippyjon’s imagination perpetually gets him into and out of trouble.
I was first introduced to Skippyjon while working as a bookseller many years ago and have loved sharing this crazy little character with young nieces, nephews, and students ever since. The irresistible cadence of the writing, the playful font, and the bright illustrations make this a favorite picture book for preschool and early elementary students.
Need more Skippyjon in your life? Find further kittyboy adventures in:
– Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse
– Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble
– Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones
– Skippyjon Jones, Lost in Spice
– Skippyjon Jones, Class Action
– Skippyjon Jones, Cirque de Olé
– Skippyjon Jones, Snow What
Adios for now,
Educator and bibliophile Melissa Schmidtke is a licensed K-6 teacher currently leading an after-school program for K-5 students. She believes in reading aloud to children of all ages and in collecting interesting stories. She is loving life in Duluth, Minnesota with her husband and cat.