Written and Illustrated by Judy Schachner
I am not sure what made me purchase this book from Scholastic. Maybe it was the picture on the front. All I know is that this book is hilarious.
Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese cat who goes on adventures in his closet as a Chihuahua. Talk about an identity crisis. His ears are too big for his head, and his head is too big for his body. His wacky adventures crack up Simone and Nadia.
The book is so fun to read I worry it’s not the best choice as a good-night book. There are songs, complete with clapping, and Spanish words are sprinkled throughout the text. Skippyjon Jones has the innate ability to say exactly what’s on his mind in a way that kids understand. The girls giggle with delight at the passages even when they already know what’s going to happen next.
In this adventure, Skippyjon Jones lifts off to Mars, the red planet, which is covered in spicy red pepper. Of course, he gets lost and has close encounters with Martian creatures. Just when you think you can’t take anymore hilarity, he busts through his closet door and returns back to reality. I love the mom in this book. She is unshakeable and direct, reminding the kitty boy, as he is called, that he’s a cat, not a dog.
After I read this book, the girls skip off to brush their teeth, singing one of its songs. I can’t ask for much more than that. You’re all right, Skippyjon Jones, and welcome in our home any time.