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Skippyjon Jones: Lost in Spice

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

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

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 5+

Cultural Appropriation

This book, written by a White author, mocks Latino/a and Hispanic heritage and culture. The cat acts in completely stereotypical ways that do damage to all readers.
age 3+

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.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (3 ):

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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