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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 Bestseller, Judy 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.
A popular character returns in Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse by Judy Schachner. Here the Siamese "kitty boy" that transforms into El Skippito Friskito, a Chihuahua, for his superhero antics, drives out the menacing Bobble-ito from his canine buddies' doghouse. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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.
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)