Picturebook Review: Skippyjon Jones Cirque de Ole by Judy Schachner


Skippyjon Jones Cirque de Ole, written and illustrated by Judy Schachner is another book from a favorite picturebook author. I love to read about Skippyjon and his adventures. In the newest adventure, the siamese cat playing chihuahua swings out of his closet and into the Cirque de Ole. There the great Skippito and his friends, the Chimichango gang, perform fantastic feats of derring-do. There are several great acts to watch, but only Skippito the Strong can perform the trickiest stunt of all.

Skippyjon Jones Cirque de Ole is another great addition to Skippy's adventures. This daring pup and his chihuahua friends have defeated many a foe, explored space, faced school, and now they conquer the greatest show on Earth. Schachner's illustrations and text compliment each other perfectly to optimize the fun and fantastic adventures that all seem to take place in Skippy's closet.  While there is some fun had in blending Spanish and English, there is definitely some teaching of Spanish to be had as well.

If you happen to get your hands on the hardcover, which comes with a CD, or the audiobook, I highly urge you to take the time to listen. Schachner's reading of Skippyjon's stories are well worth the time and will make fans of all ages smile! I highly recommend this book, and the entire collection of Skippy's adventures for home reading, library collections, storytime, and even a classroom setting.

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