Saturday, October 13, 2012

Day THIRTEEN: my crazy mexican kitty chihuahua crush

On the off chance that someone (anyone) out there in blogland has not yet met
one of my favorite, and most crazy, literary characters,
I must include my enthusiastic crush on the feisty, imaginative, 
and lotsa fun -- Skippyjon Jones.

I originally wrote this post when we first me our pal Skippyjon.  
Since it's Saturday and I couldn't say it better if I rewrote it, 
I'm going to repost my original review for you - right here.  
That's just the kind of lazy resourcefulness
that should characterize the weekend.  
Can I get an amen?

p.s.  Don't miss some exciting news at the very end of the post!

Without further ado:  Meet Skippyjon Jones:

If you're brave and a muy bit loco, you might be up for meeting the Johannes Family's new favorite literary character, Skippyjon Jones ...and his alter ego, El Skippito Friskito, the Great Sword Fighter.

The first time I read it, I struggled through the craziness, fumbling and stumbling over the faux Mexican words, the kitty's wild and random imagination, and the required Spanish accent. By the third time through, I had fallen in love.  Though reluctantly.

Did I mention that Skippyjon Jones is a spunky Siamese cat that thinks he's a Chihuahua? And that this Chihuahua masquerades as the masked super hero, El Skippito Friskito. Or that his mother always speaks in rhyme? And that he has three sisters, Ju-Ju Bee, Jilly Boo and Jezebel? Or that, along with being a fabulous illustrator, the brilliant author Judy Schachner must also be borderline (completely) nuts?

Halfway through our first reading, I paused and glanced at Matthew. It was classic. He was staring at the book, stupefied, with his mouth hanging open. "Are you okay?" I asked, thinking he was scared or something. Then a smile broke across his face as he declared, "Yeah -- he's funny!!!"

So if you, or your child, are ready to be simultaneously stupefied and entertained, grab a Skippyjon book the next time you're out. Just be ready to leave your inhibitions at the library door, and pull out your best dramatic voice and your most authentic Mexican kitty-Chihuahua accent, and I guarantee you'll have a fun afternoon. And, don't give up after the first reading, it gets better, more rambunctious and more freeing the more you read (er, perform) it. Beware: singing and songwriting are also required. Pick it up if you dare. You'll (eventually) be glad you did.

After reading the original title, we have since devoured all things Skippyjon.  We love them all. If you haven't read any of them yet, make sure you start with the original for maximum enjoyment.  I also HIGHLY recommend buying the version that comes with an audio CD of Judy Schachner reading her own story.  Trust me -- no one reads Skippyjon like Judy Schachner.  Well, except maybe my friend Constance.  But if you don't have a Constance at your beckoned call, the CD is awesome.  My kids listen to it over and over and over.

Okay, ready to go muy loco in la cabeza?  The next Skippyjon adventure, Cirque de Ole is being released this week!  October 16th.  We'll be all over that faster than you can say Crunchy-Chips-and-Salsa!

Click {here} to read Day 14: My Favorite Enablers

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