Skippyjon Jones: Snow What

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Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Skippyjon faces fear of fairy tales in warm, funny outing.

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Educational Value

This different take on the Snow White classic invites comparison with the original and other variations. There's also a smattering of Spanish vocabulary.

Positive Messages

Don't be quick to reject things as just for boys or for girls -- there's usually something for everyone to enjoy. You may need to step up and do something you don't really want to do to help someone out (and it might prove not be a big deal after all).


Positive Role Models & Representations

Skippy has an active imagination and plays out his role and aids the princess despite his misgivings. Mama is a comforting, loving figure, and encourages her boy to be considerate and open-minded. 


Violence & Scariness

A princess frozen in an ice cube, a run-in with a fire-breathing dragon, and dogs armed with slingshots. 



Snow What has been frozen because "she is HOT." 


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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Adult Written bysuzanne renaghan April 15, 2016

Love, Love, Love Skippito Friskito!

I love every other book in this series. They are funny and imaginative and so very clever. Both adults and children love them. But the author lost me at... Continue reading

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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.


Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of fairy tales. Why do both boys and girls like them? 


  • Have you ever tried something reluctantly and realized you really did like it?


  • What stories do you like to act out?


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