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Book review: ‘Skippyjon Jones: The Great Bean Caper’

Posted in Book Reviews
by Lorain County Moms

“Skippyjon Jones: The Great Bean Caper” by Judy Schachner
c.2009, Grosset & Dunlap
$3.99 / $5.00 Canada
32 pages

So, let’s say it’s your turn to make dinner tonight. What would you serve?

Would you make mac-n-cheese with extra cheese, or are you more of a tacos kind of kid? Would everybody get a bowl of ice cream, or would you make a turkey dinner with potatoes and stuffing? Maybe pizza is your favorite dish, and you would make the biggest one you could with all your favorite toppings.

skippyjon-jones-great-beanSkippyjon Jones loves frijoles most of all, and as you’ll see in the book “Skippyjon Jones: The Great Bean Caper” by Judy Schachner, just fixing a meal can be an adventure.

Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese kitten … at least that’s what he looks like. But if you ask Skippyjon, he’ll tell you that he has a secret identity. Skippyjon Jones is really Skippito the Chihuahua.

When Skippito is looking for adventure, he jumps in his toy box in search for a cape and a mask, and he heads into a closet where his best amigos, Los Chimichangos, live.

Usually, there are lots of fun things to play with in the closet, but today there is an emergency. Don Diego, a purple Chihuahua, says that El Bumblebeeto has stolen the beans for dinner! That’s not good at all.
Skippito Friskito to the rescue!

Piling his amigos in a kitty-bed, Skippito grabbed his trusty sword and a lollipop and headed out to find El Bumblebeeto, who was hiding on an island. The striped one is muy tricky, says Don Diego. But Skippito was not worried. El Bumblebeeto was way outnumbered.

When the muchachos got to the island, they saw a trail of beans that led through the grass and away from the river. And there, at the end of the grass, was El Bumblebeeto, asleep in a tree. Brave Skippito Friskito did what any smart Chihuahua would do: he climbed the tree and snatched the beans back.

But then El Bumblebeeto opened one eye.

Los Chimichangos began to jump up and down.

“Skippito is a hero,” they all chanted. But when a Siamese Chihuahua bandito is being chased by a dangerous bumblebee, he can’t stop to hear the cheers.

No doubt you’ve been seeing Back to School ads lately. And while it’s easy to get your kids ready with supplies, it’s not as simple to get them in the right mind-set. “Skippyjon Jones: The Great Bean Caper” can help.

Aside from the fact that this book stars a beloved character from the newest generation of children’s literature, the greatest appeal comes from the way it’s written. Meant for the earliest of beginning readers, author Judy Schachner uses colorful drawings in place of important words, which boosts comprehension but also allows any kid to follow the storyline. To help even further with learning, flash-cards are found at the back of this book, and those include words in English and in Spanish.

If your child needs a fun way to get ready for school, look for “Skippyjon Jones: The Great Bean Caper.”

Four- to seven-year-old beginning readers will eat this book up.

Contact Terri Schlichenmeyer at bookwormsez@yahoo.com.

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