Snow Job! Skippyjon Jones, Snow What? by Judy Schachner
"WE NEED TO PICK A BOOK!" SAYS MAMA.
"SNOW WHITE!" GUSHED THE GIRLS.
When Mama Cat calls her kitties to come in out of the snow for some catnip cocoa, her kitty BOY, Skippyjon Jones, can't take the girly stories his sisters Jezebel and JuJuBee choose. He cuts out and flees to his room.
HE HOPS OVER TO HIS MIRROR, AND USING HIS VERY BEST SPANISH ACCENT, HE SAID:
"MIRROR, MIRROR, ON THE WALL,
WHO IS THE HANDSOMEST CHIHUAHUA OF ALL?
OH, MY NAME IS SKIPPITO FRISKITO... (CLAP! CLAP!)
AND I KNOW AN OLD FUZZY TALE-ITO.
IT'S GOT PLENTY OF FIGHTS,
AND NO ONE WEARS TIGHTS!
AND THAT'S THE BEST PART, MIS AMIGOS!" (CLAP! CLAP!)
And it's through the looking glass (actually through his closet) for Skippyjon, who morphs into his adventurous alter ego, Skippito Friskito, and joins his Chihuahua poochito pals, rescue dog-searching for a certain famous, well-cooled princess. But when it comes to the cure for the hyper-chilled heroine, this pooch is smooch averse!
"I'M NOT KISSING SNOW-BODY!" HE DECLARES.
Skippyjon leads the poochitos in a really cool winter romp, in which Skippito Friskito has to go back on his boast, ironically coming up with his own best beso, a kiss to release the icy princess from her spell.
"DUDE, JUST KISS THE CUBE!!" URGE THE CHIHUAHUAS.
Judy Schachner's Skippyjon is always good for a South of the Border-flavored fantasy adventure in Chihuahua land, this time in el heilo (the snow). There's a blizzard-ito of bilingual puns and kid-pleasing rhymes and the usual Skippyjon limerick song to keep the tail-itos wagging in this latest kitty boy tale, Skippyjon Jones Snow What (Dial Press, 2014), all done up in a chilly blue and white palette to set the wintry scene. More chuckles for fans of that Jones boy! "Both feline hero and story are full of beans (more Mexican-jumping than pinto) but ay caramba, mucho fun," quips Kirkus Reviews.