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Skippyjon Jones: Lost in Spice



Fun, spicy Mars trip with kids' favorite big-eared cat-dog.

What parents need to know

Educational value

May encourage kids to learn more about Mars. Also teaches some Spanish words.

Positive messages

Shows the wonderful power of imagination, but also a slight disregard for a parent's rules.

Positive role models

Skippyjon Jones uses his imagination and has a ball, however he does spill chili powder all over his room after his mom told him not to.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is the fifth in the bestselling series of Skippyjon Jones books, and includes a CD on which the author reads the story and the songs are put to music. 

What's the story?

Skippyjon Jones, the "kitty boy" who thinks he is a chihuahua, is really a Siamese cat with big ears, and an even bigger imagination. In this adventure, the wonder perrito is intrigued with Mars and, with a little chili powder and the magic of his closet, he manages to rocket himself there. What happens next, what makes the red planet red, who he meets, and how he gets back home all make quite an intriguing story.

Is it any good?


The story is a silly one, filled with original and very unexpected happenings, just the kind you might find in the imaginary adventures kids create themselves. None of it really makes too much sense, but it is funny, original, and very entertaining. Young readers, particulary those who already love Skippyjon Jones,  will love it. The text is interspersed with snappy vocabulary, Spanish words, wordplay, and silly songs, as well as offbeat rhymes and rhythms, and the pages are covered with zany cartooning.

Together, all that make this book a whole lot of fun, especially when read aloud. And the accompanying CD, featuring the author reading her own story, completes the whole enjoyable package. 

Created in acrylic and pen and ink on watercolor paper, the artwork in this book is energetic and full of funky fun.  Skippyjon Jones bounces, jumps, and bursts across pages filled with rockets, paper planets, paintings of Mars, posters and projects. That is, until he enters the Spice Zone...then it is all red except for the buggy, and verde,  Martian monsters.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Mars. Where is it?  Why is it called the red planet? What does Skippyjon Jones think? Why do you think he is so interested in being the "first dog to bounce into space"?

  • How did Skippyjon Jones get to Mars? What happened in the "closet for

  • Chihuahuas"? What did chili powder have to do with the whole adventure?

  • What would it be like to go to Mars? Do you think you would find green Martians there?

Book details

Author:Judy Schachner
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Dutton Children's Books
Publication date:September 22, 2009
Number of pages:32
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 8

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Parent of a 2 and 5 year old Written byhave2boys June 11, 2010

I am not a siamese cat, I am a chihuahua!

My five year old loves all of the Skippyjon Jones books. He also likes to listen to the author tell the stories on CD. The illustrations are excellent. Very funny.
Teen, 15 years old Written bySherlock Boy September 30, 2010

Great kids books!

I used to love these books when I was younger!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 3, 6, and 8 year old Written bynobeli March 18, 2011

Great Family Fun!

We love Skippyjon Jones! Great books to read aloud. The kids get involved with clapping in the "songs" and we all get to work on our "very best Spanish accent". I read Lost in Spice to my son's kindergarten class during Reading Month, and all were listening closely the entire time. It is also great practice for the older kids to read to the younger ones, as it helps with vocabulary and pronounciation.


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