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ISBN13: 9780525471349
ISBN10: 0525471340
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Hilarious and original, here's a new cat character with a superhero-sized personality and an overactive imagination. Move over, Eloise and Olivia. Make room for Skippyjon Jones, a Siamese kittenboy who can't resign himself to being an ordinary cat. Having a time-out in his room, he resorts to his imagination. Taking on the superhero persona of the great Spanish sword fighter Skippito, he has the adventure of his life, and readers are invited along. Zany, wild, and over-the-top, this utterly original book truly begs to be read aloud.

With the jiggly, effervescent outlines she used in I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie, the smudgy, tender expressiveness of The Grannyman, and a text worthy of a sitcom, Judith Byron Schachner has created a new cat character for all ages. ¡Olé!

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"No ethnic aspersions intended, just laugh-out-loud humor. Both feline hero and story are full of beans (more Mexican-jumping than pinto) but ay caramba, mucho fun." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Llama llama
red pajama
reads a story
with his mama.
and#160;
This gift edition of a bedtime read-aloud classic is perfect for birthdays, baby showers, and special occasions! Enclosed in a beautiful slip-case cover is the classic hardcover edition, a CD audio recording of the author reading Llama Llama Red Pajama and six more Llama Llama stories, and a brand new, removable piece of art by Anna Dewdney. Lots of Llama Llama to give and to love!

Synopsis:

Holy guacamole! Skippyjon Jones is 10 years old!

He's fearless, he's fun, he's a hero to all!

Enjoy a special edition of the book that launched a thousand Chimichangoes with a note from author Judy Schachner about how the character came into being. There's a photo of the real Skippyjon Jones, and even a reversible jacket with El Skippito in his mask-ito on the other side. So hold on to your mice and beans – this book is the fiesta youve been waiting for!

About the Author

Judith Byron Schachner has been illustrating and writing children's books since 1992 and has given numerous presentations in schools and libraries. Her workshops are designed to be warm and personal with a special regard for the less than stellar student.

"Kids love to review my rotten report cards and laugh out loud at a slide show involving 4 cats and a funeral. Teachers love the 'Seed Box' filled to the brim with a magical collection of 'Junk' to inspire the writer in all of us. Everyone loves to watch 'Don Juan Skippito Bumblito the Great Sword Fighter' come to life with pencil and paper. By the end of the day we all believe that the stories in our own lives are worth writing about."

Judith Byron Schachner grew up outside of Boston in the 1950s. Her early years were not easy: "Growing up we didn't have much money. My mother was very ill, and to make matters worse, I was extremely shy. All my teachers complained that 'Judith needs to speak up in class, Judith needs to improve in arithmetic, and Judith needs to finish her work on time.' But no one complained about my artwork. On paper I drew myself a world where mothers were healthy and teachers were kind. My life was perfection in pencil."

Judith graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1973 with a BFA in illustration and went straight into the "greeting card factories, which included a stint at Hallmark. For five years I designed cute cards, sad cards, funny cards, and wedding cards. I was not having fun; in fact I never wanted to pick up a paintbrush again."

Married life changed many things for Judith. One clear advantage for her was that "for the first time in many years I could step off the 9 to 5 treadmill and devote all my energy to creating a portfolio of children's book art. That was until two little baby girls were born. Then motherhood became my favorite new job. Over the years I read hundreds of books to my daughters. Inspired by the art and words I was moved once again to finish my portfolio and take it on the road to New York. Around the same time I met Donna Jo Napoli who convinced Dutton Children's Books to let me illustrate her novel, The Prince of the Pond," published in 1992.

In 1995 Judith wrote and illustrated her first picture book, Willy and May, and has turned out a number of projects since then. "The wonderful thing about my job is that one day I can be writing about history, as I did in Mr. Emerson's Cook. The next day I'm drawing a wacky old woman for I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie. Or I can bring to life a beloved pet cat in my book The Grannyman. I live in a constant state of 3rd grade bliss — making up stories and drawing pictures. Isn?t that what we all did as children?"

Several years ago the great author Lloyd Alexander stood in Judith's backyard admiring her daughters' Viking ship (as Judith puts it, that's another story). Working with Lloyd Alexander has been a dream come true for Judith: "Never in my wildest fantasies did I ever think that my art would inhabit his world of words."

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Christina Hill, May 14, 2013 (view all comments by Christina Hill)
My 4 year old daughter and I read a lot of books. We've worked our way through Dr. Seuss, Curious George, Clifford, Little Critter. I'll spare you the complete list. But Skippyjon Jones is the only one I'm still not sick of. We've read it at least 30 times and tomorrow will be 31. It's hilarious, cleverly interactive, and punny in that way the best kids' books and programming have to be to stand up to the inevitable repetition. If you're debating between this and any other picture book, get this one. It's the best.
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Brittanyjo90, January 5, 2007 (view all comments by Brittanyjo90)
I am a junior in highschool. I am currently in my third year of spanish. Over Christmas break I guess that my spanish teacher received this book from one of her friends. She decided that since it won an award for Read Aloud, she read it aloud to us. I absolutly LOVE this book. Thats sad too, I am a little old for this story. But you know what, I think it was one of the best stories that I have read in a REALLY long time. I actually am buying it off of Amazon.com. I would definately suggest this book to anybody that has a funny imagination!
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kagold, October 2, 2006 (view all comments by kagold)
My sister stumbled across this book in a bookstore and made me read it while I was at her house for a visit. It was a huge hit with her two girls--5 and 7. I absolutely loved it. The next day I tracked it down to take home to my 5 year old son. He thinks it is so funny. The illustrations of Skippyjon are wonderful, endearing, and amusing but the best part for my son is the way the author has written the book. She uses silly names and sounds that appeal to all ages. Get this book. It's a keeper!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780525471349
Manufactured:
Dutton Childrens Books
Publisher:
Dutton Children's Books
Author:
Schachner, Judith Byron
Author:
Schachner, Judy
Author:
Bowman, Patty
Author:
Dewdney, Anna
Location:
New York
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Cats
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Picture books for children
Subject:
Animals - Cats
Subject:
Imagination
Subject:
Sports & Recreation - Imaginative Play
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Imagination & Play
Subject:
Siamese cat
Subject:
Children s humor
Subject:
Animals - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Picture book
Series:
Skippyjon Jones
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
September 2003
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 2
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full color
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
9.24x10.85x.35 in. .85 lbs.
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
04-08

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Product details 32 pages Dutton Books - English 9780525471349 Reviews:
"Review" by , "No ethnic aspersions intended, just laugh-out-loud humor. Both feline hero and story are full of beans (more Mexican-jumping than pinto) but ay caramba, mucho fun."
"Synopsis" by ,
Llama llama
red pajama
reads a story
with his mama.
and#160;
This gift edition of a bedtime read-aloud classic is perfect for birthdays, baby showers, and special occasions! Enclosed in a beautiful slip-case cover is the classic hardcover edition, a CD audio recording of the author reading Llama Llama Red Pajama and six more Llama Llama stories, and a brand new, removable piece of art by Anna Dewdney. Lots of Llama Llama to give and to love!
"Synopsis" by ,
Holy guacamole! Skippyjon Jones is 10 years old!

He's fearless, he's fun, he's a hero to all!

Enjoy a special edition of the book that launched a thousand Chimichangoes with a note from author Judy Schachner about how the character came into being. There's a photo of the real Skippyjon Jones, and even a reversible jacket with El Skippito in his mask-ito on the other side. So hold on to your mice and beans – this book is the fiesta youve been waiting for!

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