Skippyjon Jones: Up & Down
Dutton Juvenile (2007)
Reviewed by Cayden (age 3.5), Max (age 18 months) Aures and Mom for Reader Views (3/08)
“Skippyjon Jones: Up & Down” is a sturdy 12-page board book that explores six different sets of opposites.
Cayden: “Look at the cover! Those things are jumping up and down!”
Max: “Jump! Jump!”
Then they both start jumping up and down.
Cayden: On the page where the cat’s tail is big: “Cat’s tails aren’t supposed to be big!”
Mom: “They sometimes get big when the cat is scared.”
Cayden: On the page when the cat is jumping over the chair: “He shouldn’t jump over chairs. He will get hurt!”
The concepts that “Skippyjon Jones: Up & Down” teaches are great for the younger children and the illustrations are entertaining. I also like that the words that Skippyjon Jones is demonstrating in the illustrations are printed in different colors to help preschoolers who are beginning to read. Cayden enjoyed “reading” the book to Max after I read it to them both a couple of times.