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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Judy Schachner's Skippyjon Jones: Snow What has the energetic cat (who wishes he were a Chihuahua) reluctantly playing the part of the princely rescuer in a fairy tale. Conventional gender divisions drive the plot: Skippy is dismissive of fairy tales and repulsed by kissing and boys in tights. The princess has been frozen by a witch because she's "hot" and the witch is not. This is the eighth book in the popular Skippyjon Jones series, and it includes a CD with music and the story read by the author.
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What's the story?
Skippyjon Jones grumpily stomps off when his sisters choose Snow White at story time. His mother reminds him how patient his sisters have been with his choices, but he refuses -- he doesn't like stories with kissing and tights. Instead, Skippy heads into his closet and emerges in a dark forest. He soon runs into his friends, Los Chimichangos, who say he must rescue Nieve Qué by kissing her. They help him battle a dragon and -- to his dismay -- dress him in tights, which are requisite for the part of the prince. Skippy balks at kissing the sleeping princess but finally, egged on by his comrades, he kisses the icy prison.
Is it any good?
Judy Schachner's imaginative Siamese cat is back for his eighth adventure, a warm, funny, and welcome addition to the well-done series.. This time the wannabe Chihuahua uses his imagination to paw through his misgivings about boys and fairy tales. Author Judy Schachner's rhyming text and exuberant illustrations make this as irresistible as the rest of the Skippyjon series. Skippy's obstinacy -- and his secret delight with fairy tale conventions -- will strike a chord with young children.
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- Author: Judy Schachner
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Brothers and Sisters, Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Fairy Tales
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Dial
- Publication date: October 21, 2014
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 3 - 5
- Number of pages: 32
- Available on: Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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