Skippyjon Jones: Lost in Spice

Book review by
Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media
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Fun, spicy Mars trip with kids' favorite big-eared cat-dog.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

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 & Representations

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

What 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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bySherlock Boy September 30, 2010

Great kids books!

I used to love these books when I was younger!
Kid, 11 years old January 3, 2010

perfect for young kids

i own all the books and love them and so do the people i babysit i read it to them all the time and all they do is laugh

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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