A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
May encourage kids to learn more about Mars. Also teaches some Spanish words.
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.
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.
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.
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