Written and Illustrated by Judy Schachner
Dutton Children’s Books, 2006
Skippyjon Jones did his very best thinking outside the box. And this twisted his mama’s whiskers tighter than a Texas tornado.
Eek! It’s a: Mummy (sort of)
Skippyjon Jones, the Siamese cat whose disproportionately sized ears make him believe he is actually a Chihuahua, is up to his usual shenanigans in this story. He starts off engrossed in an article on cat mummies in the National Leographic magazine that he’s reading. His mama takes it away, claiming it will give him nightmares. So he goes in to do some bouncing on his bed and sees a Chihuahua reflected in the mirror he passes. He puts on his mask and cape and heads into the closet to travel to Egypt. As he travels down the Nile, he is reunited with old friends, forced to answer the riddle of the Finx, nearly gets wrapped up as a mummy and comes in contact with an actual mummified cat. He hurries home to the welcome embrace of his mama.
Author/illustrator Judy Schachner fills this book with rhyming songs and lots of Spanish words (along with several English words with ‘ito’ tacked onto the end to give them a Spanish flair). The story runs along at full gallop here, with tons happening on every page. There are lots of jokes and all kinds of silly names (such as King Rootin-Tootin-Kitten-Kabootin), so it’s loaded with things kids will definitely love. The mummy of the title only appears briefly and the focus of the story stays on Skippyjon (or El Skippito, depending on which page you’re on).
There are seven books about Skippyjon and if you’re a fan, you should go check out the franchise’s website. It’s fully loaded with downloads, an online store, videos, useful information for teachers and even an interactive game that lets you dress Skippyjon up in different clothes. I may have spent more time than I should have on this particular page.
And what did we learn? What I take away from this book is that having adventures can be fun but it’s always nice to get back home.