Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse

Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse

Judy Schachner
Picture Book  Series
For ages 4 to 6
Penguin, 2005   ISBN: 978-0142407493

Skippyjon Jones, the little Siamese kitten boy, is in trouble again. This time he has colored and written all over the newly painted hall wall. Needless to say his mother, Mama Junebug Jones, is not at all pleased with him. Not only has her little son drawn all over her wall but he has drawn Chihuahuas and written "I am a chiwawa" in vibrant colors for all to see. So she decides to give him a time-out so he can think about what he has done and so he can "think Siamese" for a change.

I am sorry to say that Skippyjon does not think about being a Siamese cat at all. He believes from "my big ears to my toes" that he is a "Chihuahua to my bones." He then proceeds to put on his Chihuahua outfit, complete with a mask and a cape, and is transformed into Skippito Friskito. He then goes into his closet for an adventure.

It isn't long before he discovers that his Chihuahua pack friends have been driven out of their doghouse by a pesky Bobble-ito. The chief Chihuahua is delighted to see Skippito because he knows that the little cat could very well be the perfect person to get their doghouse back for them. Before Skippito can do much of anything he is once again recruited to be a Chihuahua hero.

In this outrageous sequel to Skippyjon Jones the little Siamese kitten with the big ears once again escapes into his imagination where he can freely be a dog to his kitten heart's content. Laugh-out-loud funny illustrations, comical rhymes, a wonderful use of language, and plenty of loud sounds makes this book perfect for reading out loud. Cat fans of all ages will find it hard to resist this naughty little kitten who wants so much to be a dog.