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Skippyjon Jones Here is the book that launched a thousand chimichangoes the first in the best selling series about the rambunctious Skippyjon Jones the Siamese kitty boy with the overactive imagination He would rather be El Skippito the great sword fighter who can do anything Like saving a roving band of Mexican Chihuahuas from a humongous bumblebeeto that is tormenting themJoin Skippyjon Jones on his first great adventure He's fearless he's fun he gets the job done yes indeed o

10 thoughts on “Skippyjon Jones

  1. Kirk Kirk says:

    If there's one thing you can take to the bank after reading this book it is that everything Skippyjon Jones learned about Mexico he learned from watching Taco Bell commercials From the non seuitur rhymes that mutilate the spanish language to the Chihuahuas' preoccupation with beans the boiled down rendition of Mexican culture is about as Mexican as cow entrails sueezed through ammonia is beef If the entirety of Schachner's creation wasinspired by the Taco Bell dog I wouldn't be surprised The only thing that's missing from this book is a reference to Mountain Dew Baja BlastWe can't hold Skippy completely accountable however He's a sheltered young boy who can only rely on the shallow intimations of other species and cultures he finds in popular culture to escape his dreary existence The fact that he spends his time with birds reveals to the audience that Skippy's condition necessitates escape His family lives on a steady diet of sardines and miracle whip Mangled toys lay in a broken heap by his toy box So he looks to the only inspiration to fuel his dream television Where else would he glean these warped notions of Mexican culture from?When I read this book I couldn't help but wonder if our protagonist was a byproduct of the author's ignorance or of her brilliance On one hand we can surmise that Skippy's limited scope provides a direct lens into the feeble mind of the author On the other hand perhaps this book is a brutally accurate depiction of how culture is diffused through the American population that refuses to look beyond the light therapy box in every living room across this country Generally speaking American pop culture reduces all other cultures to endearing dogs dancing candles with accents etc That's on one end of the spectrum anyway On the other end of the spectrum these same cultures are depicted as foreboding sources of crime threats to social order once they enter our borders Skippy's fantasy is perpetuated by the endearing depiction of cultures They remain outside our borders We Skippy travels to them interacts with them become their salvation under the guise of being one of their own and then return home safely Do you taste that? That's Joseph Campbell's hero's journey perverted by blind patriotism Skippy isn't just a children's book about a cat uncertain of his identity It is a book about the vitality of America's delusion of grandeur on a global scale and with every sale the book reinforces the strength of this delusion

  2. Maria Maria says:

    This is the worst kind of literature to expose your children to It's filled with stereotypes and fake accents It's sad that Judy Schachner doesn't know any better

  3. Eli Eli says:

    Skippjon gets in trouble sent to his room thinks he's a chihuahua and all of a sudden he begins adding O to the end of his words to speak Spanish? This book is seething in racism How have people not seen it and given it awards? All the chihuahuas he meets have very stereotypical type names Making statements about rice and beans because yes that's all Mexican people like to eat?Then they have a fiesta and siesta while the chihuahuas carry around maracas and mariachi hats? Come onI cannot imagine a person of Mexican descent liking this book I'm deeply offended by it Not to mention that the plot of story makes very little sense The mom in the beginning of the story is scolding him and by the end she's hugging him for still disobeying Not sure you're teaching your child anything worthy by reading this book

  4. Gary Anderson Gary Anderson says:

    In observance of Banned Books Week today I was showing a class of juniors the most challenged books of 2018 #8 on the list is Skippyjon Jones challenged “for depicting stereotypes of Mexican culture” There was a wave of sentimental support for Skippyjon mostly from Hispanic students Because I didn’t know the book I briefly stopped the presentation and made a show of putting it on hold from my local library and I said I would read it before class tomorrowSo I did Does Skippyjon Jones depict stereotypes of Mexican culture? Yes But is depicting the same thing as demeaning? Maybe maybe not but either way it represents a narrow way of thinking and it makes me ueasy But book challenges also make me ueasy I don’t think this book demeans Mexican culture but I also don’t think it celebrates Mexican culture It mostly just plays around with linguistic features of the Spanish language and a stereotypical Mexican accent although it also includes several Spanish words and phrases used in appropriate contexts All in all it’s not a very good book so why did so many Hispanic students declare their support for it? My best guess is that they liked having a book that included their language even if it’s sort of silly I can see how if the book is read aloud energetically it might be entertaining and maybe that is in their experience banks from elementary school All of this suggests to me a need for and better fun picture books featuring Spanish language and Mexican culture In other words don’t ban it—after all a surprising number of students like it—but add titles to the shelves that don’t rely on stereotypes for their appeal

  5. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    Okay I'm giving this five stars because I think it would make an absolutely outstanding read aloud book And I'm not the only one it's won the EB White Read Aloud Book Award And also this is the sort of book I would have loved as a kid who loved interesting words and sounds There are SO many fun fun fun things to say in this book ; p I won't give it away but Skipyjon is just the beginning Plus the pictures are fun the cats are cute and it has a lot of absurdity and adventure and imagination Also I think bi lingual Spanish learners would appreciate this too as it definitely has some South of the Border flare and terms Note though that there is some controversy about the book and that it presents negative stereotypes I am usually sensitive to such things but this one slipped under my radar For about the controversy so you can decide for yourself if this is a book you want to share with your children see here

  6. Kelly Kelly says:

    While 1000 GoodReads members seem to disagree to me this book is rather offensive It may have received the E B White Read Aloud award in 2004 but that doesn't mean it should be exempt from criticism The racial stereotypes are awful banditos really? the repeated reference to beans as if they are a defining characteristic of Latinos is insulting and adding the letter 'o' and long 'ees' to random words to make them sounds Spanish is disrespectful While the book was surely meant to be funny and cute mocking an entire group of people their culture their food and their language is not acceptable and encourages children to adopt false ideas about Mexicans and Latinos

  7. Lana Clifton Lana Clifton says:

    Children seem to enjoy this book much than myself They love the character of Skippyjon Jones a Siamese cat who thinks he is a Chihuahua I would agree that the play on words is worthwhile but not at the expense of murdering the Spanish language No matter how much I try to lighten up about it I believe it pokes a little to much fun at my cultural heritage I would use this book as a critical component in reading comprehension and ask the students if the author is fairly representing the hispanic culture This book is geared for Kindergarten Second grade students

  8. Madeline Madeline says:

    Clap clap 5 star audiobook Banned book week Sorry a Siamese cat pretending to be a chihuahua with a Spanish accent is not offensive If a chihuahua was pretending to be a Siamese cat and spoke with an Asian accent would that be offensive? Um no Banned book My name is Skippito Friskito clap clapI fear not a single bandito clap clapMy manners are mellowI’m sweet like the Jell OI get the job done yes indeed oSkippyjon Jones a Siamese cat that pretends to be a Chihuahua superhero Skippyjon speaks English but his super hero alter ego speaks in Mock Spanish in his recurring and imaginative uests Speaking “Spanish” in hyperanglized fashion recasts Skippyjon from an English speaking white cat to a Spanish accented brown dog His auditory performance of Mexicanness what Reina Prado considers “sonic brownface” reeks of white privilege as he code switches from catwhiteEnglish to dogbrown”Spanish” What’s worse as a children’s book directed at those between the impressionable ages of 4 8 Skippyjon encourages both adult readers and young readers to read out loud and perform sonic brownface Listening to the book’s trite word choice amigos adios frijoles fake Spanish indeed o mask ito and embellished accents “ees” for is trains the ear on how to speak “Mexican” presumably of course for the listening amusement of non Mexicans

  9. Patricia Patricia says:

    What is there not to like about a young Siamese cat who likes to play pretend especially when he likes to pretend to be a Chihuahua the Mexican dog of royalty? As an American of Mexican ancestry who happened to be born and grew up along the Texas Mexican border and currently resides in the same border town of El Paso I didn't find it too difficult to step beyond the controversy and the lack of political correctness that many adult readers find in this children's book to see how witty cute and funny Skippyjon's antics really are He is after all just a kitten of a cat Sure there are stereotypes but I didn't see them as being mean spirited or anything that a real child wouldn't be guilty of doing in the spirit of innocent pretending As a child I might have created some of the same stereotypes Skippyjon did especially in my speech I speak English Texan Spanish and Spanglish very well and can change my manner of speaking my accent at will I didn't find Skippyjon's accent offensive He is trying to be a Chihuahua after all As they say Imitation is a sincere form of flattery and idolization Skippyjon loves his Chihuahua alter ego and that is cool The only thing cooler than Skippito speaking Spanish would have been Skippito speaking a few words in Nahuatl the language of the AztecsAfter reading some of the posts I am left wondering if as adults we haven't created a world that is too sensitive? It seems to me that people get too easily offended these days I guess it all depends on your perspective Stereotypes exist everywhere Stereotypes exist due to the fact that there is some truth to them Stereotyping is normal Treating others badly is not necessarily the result of stereotyping Treating others badly comes from a lack of respect for others and for oneself In my life I have encountered prejudice but it is not something I look for or dwell on I am not hypersensitive about it and I certainly don't walk around with a prejudice radar on uite frankly if someone ever treats me badly I just assume it is their issue their personality their shortcoming their bad day their problem My culture and my ethnicity is part of who I am but it doesn't define my core sense of humanity and beyond being respectful towards others and expecting the same in return I don't worry about what people of my or other cultures races or ethnicities think of me my family or my ancestors People will believe what they want to believe My daughter and I picked up this book because it came up on our search for Chihuahua at our local library It was a fun little children's book We hope the others are fun too and that we won't be left saying Ay Chihuahua The only Ay Chihuahua my daughters and I want to be saying is at the El Paso Chihuahuas Minor League Baseball Games Seriously though as adults I think we need to find and draw a line between being sensitive towards others and being too sensitive and creating controversy where there really is none Tossing out the book? Worrying if our Mexican or Hispanic friends would be offended? Cringing when we read it because we know better? Being offended because we are Mexican or Hispanic of Mexican origin? I think one has a right to be offended but ONLY if we have never sterotyped anything lest you be a hypocite If you Hispanic or Mexican or even none of the aforementioned have ever watched a movie where the bad guygirl had black hair dark eyes and dressed in black and agreed with this picture guess what you have stereotyped by this account most of the world's population is evil If you have ever watched a movie or read a book where all rich people are mean and materialistic and agreedguess what you have stereotyped not everyone of them is Scrooge If you've ever laughed at a Texas drawl immitated a Texas drawl or imagined Texans to be gun toting rednecks or cowboys who drive pick up trucks down dirt roadsagain you have stereotyped I don't think I would find many non hypocrites in this world when it comes to being offended by a stereotype Skippyjon Jones is a good little children's book about pretend It is an entertaining story that can be used as a springboard to talk about stereotyping and not allowing our stereotypes to lead us to treat each other badly Of course it can also be enjoyed for the sheer sense of enjoyment of a story about a small child's game of pretend without getting into all the controversry of the book I find a lot of good in Skippyjon Jones Without the Skippyjon's of this world these kinds of conversations and the learning that results from them disappearhow good would that be?e

  10. Jen Jen says:

    Where has Skippyjon Jones been all my life? I love him And his mother With such a strong familial identity Skippyjon is free to try out different identities including being a bird and a chihuahua A bandito chihuahua The swordfighter He sings tooHis mother calls Skippyjon lots of names They are in jest of course and none are as bad as Skippyjon's real name so Skippyjon is okay with it Smart mom I should have thought of that My kids hate it when I call them bongee bobos from the well of my deep mother loveMama Junebug Jones bad names seem to be a family tradition calls her naughty kitty1 Mr Kitten Britches2 Mr Fuzzy Pants3 Mr Fluffernutter4 Mr CocopugsI want a mom like that I will leave you with a Skippyjon song My name is Skippito Friskito clap clap I fear not a single bandito clap clap My manners are mellow I'm sweet like the Jell O I get the job done yes indeed o clap clap

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