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Friday, September 07, 2012

Kohl's Cares® and Skippyjon Jones - GIVEAWAY!

Kohl's Department Stores is helping kids go back to school by selling exclusive hardcover SKIPPYJON JONES books and coordinating stuffed toys for $5 each!!! That's $5 EACH - el cheaparooni! (There's a back-pack too!)
     Now through the end of September, 100% of the net profits from sales of these products will go to benefit kids' health and education initiatives in communities nationwide. Since the program's inception, Kohl's has raised over $208 million to help kids. That is muy, muy impressive. Don't you think?
     From the press release... "In addition to the merchandise program, Kohl's Cares® features a scholarship program, which recognizes more than 2,200 young volunteers each year with scholarships and prizes; the Associates in Action program, which encourages associate volunteerism and has donated more than $47 million to youth-focused nonprofit organizations to date; and fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.kohlscorporation.com."
     To help get the word out - today I am interviewing the very awesome Judy Schachner, creator of Skippyjon Jones.

Q.    Your artwork remains amazingly consistent through all the Skippyjon Jones books: IN THE DOGHOUSE; IN MUMMY TROUBLE; AND THE BIG BONES; LOST IN SPICE; CLASS ACTION; and the soon to be released CIRQUE DE OLE. What is your medium and how long does it take you to finish a spread?
A.     It's funny you should mention that thing about consistency. For me, one of the most difficult things about doing a book is keeping the characters looking the same from page to page and in a series, from book to book. Skippy has evolved over the years the way Mickey Mouse and so many other cartoon characters have over time. At least that's what I tell myself to make me feel better about all my artistic inconsistencies,( she said chuckling ).
      These books are painted with acrylics and a little pen and ink. A double page spread can take anywhere from three days up to a week...and when I forget how to paint, which happens frequently, it can go on forever. There is a lot of layering of color and there are so many tiny dogs!!! I'm thinking of calling in the ASPCA to give me a break one of these days.

Q.    Do the stories come first, or the artwork?
A.     I always start off writing, then about two to three pages in, maybe more, my ADD kicks in and I just have to start drawing or else I'll go crazy. Most of the time I go back and forth between the both. I also have a tendency to self edit too much if I'm just writing, so adding the visuals keeps me moving along at a good clip.

Q.    How long does it take you to noodle out the complicated and muy, muy fun text?
A.     The text really doesn't take me very long, it's the artwork that takes forever and I do polish the words right up until the very end.

Q.    Skippyjon gets into so many adventures - do your cats truly inspire them all?
A.     I believe in giving credit where credit is due. The idea for the first book came after my cat Skippyjon Jones, was stung on his most adorable head by a very large bee. Soon after, my kitty boy began to speak with a spanish accent reminiscent of Antonio Banderas. The fact that no one else in my family ever heard him utter a single word in Espanol did not trouble me, though at the time I WAS seeing a psychiatrist. And who doesn't know a cat that hasn't built pyramids in his litter box day after day. I could go on and on describing the creative writing ,so to speak, of my little Crumcakes but then I'd risk sounding like a proud Mama so I'll spare you.

Q.    How did you find out about Kohl's Cares® program? It's muy bueno, eh?
A.     The Kohl's Cares people contacted my publisher ( Penguin ) and asked if I'd consider being a part of the program...How could I say no to the opportunity of being able to help so many children? I am grateful that they approached me and thrilled with the quality of the Skippy related products that they created.

Q.    Finally, Skippyjon Jones has reached other worldly levels of success - CONGRATULATIONS! Did you ever imagine he would be so popular and how has it changed your life?
A.     No Elizabeth, I never in my wildest dreams expected this level of success or popularity from my books. I am so grateful to all of the librarians and teachers and parents and independent booksellers and children who championed Skippy from the start...word of mouth is the best form of marketing there is. I have always been happiest just making my books. I never really cared about fame and I certainly wasn't thinking about making lots of money, for as we all know , a career in children's books isn't always lucrative and for most of my career it was not. It wasn't terrible but I could not support a family on my royalty checks. So like most author/illustrators, I traveled to remote parts of the planet talking to anyone who'd listen in exchange for small bags of cat food. I don't like being the center of attention and I don't like being away from home.I hate having my picture taken,doing T.V. interviews and I suffer from high anxiety when I speak in front of crowds...so when you ask me Elizabeth, how has all the success changed my life? My answer would have to be...'it's complicated.'' But the love that comes in the form of letters and e-mails has to be the greatest reward not just for me but for any author/illustrator. This morning, I received a letter from the mother of a sweet little boy who, just months before he turned four, died of leukemia. She told me that her son had all of my books and could recite them by heart. His mother went on to say, that though his earthly remains will not be at his memorial service his spirit will be represented by the presence of his little red wagon which will be filled with all of his favorite things. My books will be in that wagon. I have never taken my job for granted but after receiving a letter like that,I know I never will.

Oh my gosh, Judy. I can't imagine receiving a letter like that. What an honor to be so loved - by me too. Grande hugs to you!

     Along with Judy's Skippyjon Jones titles, Kohl's also has two books to help make life easier for the grown-ups: EAT THIS AND NOT THAT (FOR KIDS) - a guide to what's safe for kids to eat without getting loaded down with calories, salt and fat in today's fast-food mine field; and CROCKPOT'S BUSY FAMILY RECIPES.
     So, head to your nearest Kohl's and get your SKIPPYJON JONES books and doll quick! (If you're a fan, like I am, you will not want to miss this!)

GIVEAWAY!!!! - NOW OVER!!!!
     This is a biggie!!! Next Wednesday I will randomly draw one name from the commenters on this blog post to receive the ENTIRE PRIZE BOX of books and plushes!!!! (You may get a different mix than what I received.) Whatever you receive, trust me, you want this!
     Must be in the continental United States to win - and you must include an email addy so I can contact you. (It can be spelled out.) No addy, no winnie!

Full disclosure: Kohl's sent me the entire promo pack in a groovy Skippyjon Jones box to help get the word out about their initiative - including an awesome sock monkey - and I'm so glad they did! Reading, helping kids - right up my alley! I'm so proud of companies when they do good things like this.

110 comments:

Brooke Lauer said...

Wow, I am so glad to get to read this interview! Thank you so much E! When I read about how Judy 's books were so important to that little boy I cried and had to read it out loud to my husband. My own little boy loves books too. Now that he is starting to sit through longer texted picture books, I think it is time to introduce him to the hilarious antics of Skippyjon Jones. Please enter us in your contest and we'll spread the word. Brookeelauer@gmail.com

jan farnworth said...

Wow my son loves
Skippyjon jones books he would be over
The moon if his mommy surprised him with this. Thanks for the chance to win. Email is wheatley_jan@hotmail.com

Rhonda Miller said...

Wow, what a great deal and for a great cause. My kids love the Skippyjon Jones books and we love to read them together. Thanks for a chance to win.
rmpoohbear75 at gmail dot com

Mommy Reads said...

We love Skippy AND Kohl's! Will be sharing this interview!
Would love to win this for my son and first graders! Thank you!
Lyssaturner@yahoo.com

Maria S. said...

Question: Where can I find this books in spanish?

AntLynnie said...

I am in love with Skippyjon Jones books. I have purchased them for my neices and nephews to enjoy. I also have pics of me with a Skippyjon Jones head on, Our local library had the costume and they knew I was in love. I would love the opportunity to win, meterwench@hotmail.com. By they way do you do exhibitions of your book art in museums?

Justine B. said...

We love SkippyJon! We've been reading them (checked out from the library) since my son was a baby. My now 4-year old got one of the books from his grandma (from Kohls) and takes it to bed with him at least once a week. He would be so thrilled to win this.
My email is: foranth at att dot net

Kim said...

Love these books!!
~Kim S.

tscheideman@charter.net

Katie said...

I love love love Skippy! I am a 2nd grade teacher. Many of my students are bilingual and they love when I read the Skippy Jon Jones books with my muy muy awesome Spanish accent I would love to win this prize giveaway! It would mean so much to me and my students. Mskatielou2@yahoo.com

Alison Carmack said...

Thank you so much for sharing all this info. As a Siamese cat owner and fan, this was a great, fun read. I love "The Grannyman" and Skippyjon so much :-)

MikesMom said...

We L-O-V-E SkippyJon!! I have my fingers crossed for this one. My kids would be ecstatic to find these in our classroom.
jkmatuch@aol.com

jkdpenny said...

These books are so much fun to read aloud to my girls, with the lovely pictures, silly songs and lots of opportunities for funny voices, an aid to happy bedtimes for sure. Do enjoy seeing the real cats helping the author on Facebook too, we have three cats who get up to similar tricks.
jkdpenny2@hotmail.com

Mary White said...

I was working in a bookstore when I first met Skippyjon. He became my hero. Gave my grand-niece her first Skippyjon Jones book when she was two. He is her favorite character & for a surprise last week, Miss Emma was shopping with Mom & saw the doll.
She insisted on getting it for Auntie, who just loves it.
katz2cats@yahoo.com

Terri Wakild said...

SkippyJon has his own table in our classroom! Great books for teaching word choice! Twakild@gmail.com

Jessica said...

I was so excited to read this interview, I just had to share it with my husband. My husband works at an underprivileged school and these materials would be an awesome addition to his classroom! Thanks so much for running this contest for these hilarious and educational books! jrodriguez4667@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

My students love Skippyjon Jones and his adventures. My students are struggling readers and Skippito has help them develop a love of reading. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the contest. kmiller130@cox.net

Cindy Fielder said...

by granddaughter, Claire, is a BIG SkippyJon Jones fan! We love to read them together. I have quite a few plus we read together on wegivebooks.org Such a great cause!
Please enter us to win!
cindyfielder@bellsouth.net

Doreen said...

We love those books! Thanks for a chance to win!
Doreenperez@tampabay.rr.com

Kathy Siarto said...

I have loved Skippyjon since the first book arrived in my Scholastic Book order. I have shared my passion with my first and second graders since then. I have a shelf of Skiipy items in my room, my office had Judy's prints and I even bid on won an original piece of Skippyjon art! I LOVE JUDY SCHACHNER for giving us this little kitty boy! Thanks Kohl's for hopping aboard the Judy train!

Jennifer @ Only Little Wing said...

Love, love, LOVE Skippyjon Jones at our house! Thanks so much for a chance to win!

Jennifer
jkgschumaker@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Such an aspiring and delightful interview! Thank you for this series of books. At 52 years old I am a "new" teacher after being a stay at home mom most of my life. Slowly, I have been building my classroom library and putting together book bags for a second grade class I am to acquire this winter. It was a no-brainer to buy a Skippyjon Jones book, stuffed animal and the yummy backpack to put them in for future lucky students to take home over the weekend. I work in a Title I school where many students don't have necessities at home much less reading materials.
And thanks to Kohl's for making them affordable and donating the proceeds!
zugmom@nts-online.net

Shirley Rogers said...

We love using these books at our preschool.We enjoyed the mummy book and making mummies with the stuffed animals that we had. Fun.

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Kelly said...

Skippy Jon came in to our life at the perfect time. My son is off to Kindergarten and Skippy Jon has helped him with his transition. Our stuffed Skippy Jon sleeps in his own 'bed' (red, of course) next to Kristofer's head. We would love to be selected to win the contest, but we also just love Skippy Jon
Kelly
devangel1066@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

My boys and I love Skippyjon Jones! We first came to know him through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, another wonderful program! We lOve to listen to Judy read the stories, it is really neat to hear the story read how she meant for it to be read. Serventsheart7 at aol dot com.

Erica said...

I LOVE Skippyjon Jones! I really enjoyed reading the interview with Judy Schachner. I love reading these books with my students! Thanks for the chance to win!

butler . erica at gmail dot com

January F said...

My son and I are so totally excited for your next book to come out! The books are so great, totally enjoyable! Listening to you read the stories on the cd's just brings it all together! Keep up the great work!!!! generalleigh7@msn.com

mhuges said...

Skippyjon Jones is such a great character. I would love to win the resource for my classroom.
mhuges5@gmail.com

Marcia Padron said...

Thank you for enriching the lives of small people! My students love holding the characters of the books I read. I'm heading to Kohl's this weekend for our Skippyjon Jones.

mpadron524@gmail.com

ddec said...

Love Skippyjon Jones and a chance to win my favorito books! conink2@yahoo.com

Monica Wasemiller said...

What a wonderful interview!! I have read the Skippyjon Jones books at my story times and it amazes me how the kids at any age enjoy and get captivated!! I would love to add to our library's collection! Thanks for the chance my email is MonicaW@mwfls.org

frecklefacecakes said...

my daughter is only 8 months old, and we have already begun our skippyjon collection. so far her favorite is one called Color Crazy. Skippyjon is the bees knees.

apple blossom said...

Oh, very nice giveaway thanks for chance to win.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Lisa J. Michaels said...

What a wonderful interview, and so inspiring for those of us still struggling to get our own characters into the hands of children everywhere!

Skippy J.J. books are part of my research into what makes a great picture book, and I've learned a lot from this author/illustrator! Thank you E., for putting her in your spotlight. YOU are a great inspiration as well!

Your friend & colleague, L.J. Michaels
ljmichaels-illustrator.com
wscribbles@att.net

Tabitha said...

Aw,I love this giveaway!
kayleefaith1228@aol.com

Sarah said...

My son discovered Skippyjon Jones last year in kindergarten and loves him! This would be an amazing birthday surprise for him! Our Kohls have been sold out of the Skippyjon doll for weeks and it would be wonderful to see his little face light up when he sees it. Thanks for the inspiring interview and the opportunity to win!
slharrier@aol.com

Geri Fink said...

We just discovered Skippyjon Jones a two weeks ago thanks to his wonderful kindergarten teacher. My son is now referring to himself as Skippito! We have read Class Action so many times he can now recite it! Thank you Judy for all you do!

jcwega27 said...

cute! great giveaway!
jessicawedwards@gmail.com

La Maestra said...

This year is my 36th year of teaching and Skippyjon is the center of all of my Spanish classes K-4th grade. I love new ideas and authors who help us open new doors of learning. Judy Schachner has written a book that goes hand in hand with so many of the lessons in my curriculum for every grade level. We are having a blast! These are a few examples.I use the Skippyjon doll in Kindergarten. He watches the children and will go back to their classrooms if they accomplish all I have planned for the lesson.I use the board books with them. The 1st Graders take Chimichango doggie paw prints back to their classroom as a "Muy Bien" award. My 2nd Graders are learning the members of the family so we used Skippito's family as our theme. They so taken by it that they wanted to make up other members of the family not mentioned in the books and name them after the Chimichango's.They used the chihuahua's names to show where Skippy gets his inspiration when he uses his imagination in his adventures. My 3rd Graders are learning the names of different professions. Each one of them chose a profession and they are drawing a picture of Skippito dressed to match the profession. They must list everything he is wearing or using then look the word up in a English-Spanish dictionary. In 4th Graders we are including Skippyjon in our Spanish Monopoly game. The ideas are endless with Skippyjon! Can't wait for the next book! Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks forr the interview information too.
ditimargi@aol.com

...just Barbara said...

How awesome! I love the whimsical feel of these books which remind me so much of my kiddos and I'm glad there's a Kohl's near us. :D Thanks for the heads up! (shopping at sproat dot net)

grandmalee said...

Thanks so much for interviewing Judy Schachner! My grandkids adore her books! I will have to make sure they read this blog posting when they get out of school. I'm so happy that Kohl's has paired with her to help get more Skippyjon Jones books into the hands of kids everywhere! There should be a warning on these books that reading them may lead to repeated readings. Muchas gracias for the chance to win this prize bundle! I'm already planning on going to Kohl's and pick up several more of these books to donate to our RIF program at my grandkid's school. No child should be deprived of enjoying these wonderful stories! grandma_lee_t AT yahoo DOT com

Jenna said...

Beautiful interview with a wonderful story of the power of books in children's lives. I'm a youth librarian and when I hear parents say, "No we've read that one a thousand times, pick a different book" I cringe. While new books are good repetition is a key part of early literacy development. I visit your site weekly. Thank you for all your great resources and a chance to win prizes even!

kahlyj at larl.org

Deborah Hite Clark said...

These are my son's favorite books! He even dressed as Skippyjon one day in 2nd grade for Author's Day. Glad to enter since I went to Kohl's and Skippyjon was sold out! email is debaclark@aol.com

Joy Taylor said...

What a great interview! WE so love the Skippyjon Jones books. My son came home with one fomr the library his kindergarten year and we have been hooked ever since. It is our goal in life to make every child a fan. ;0) A SJJ book is out birthday gift of choice... and to date EVERY kid has loved them.

Kim said...

What a great interview and a fantastic prize! My son loves Skippyjon Jones!
My email is kimlish@gmail.com

sarah said...

i love skippyjon jones! i went to my local kohls but couldn't find any skippyjon jones left. :-( please enter me for your contest. sarah.ewingATgmail.com

Valley said...

What an awesome idea! And I love that 100% of the proceeds go to a great cause!


...and I wouldn't mind winning. ;)
ValerieGuiles@gmail.com

Rachel H said...

I work at a school and one of the kids' favorite book series is SkippyJon Jones! They would love this! rachel@rachelherriman.com

Stephanie DeAlmeida said...

Just got this book for my 7 month old, Brynn ... We have a siamese cat named Godzilla. Best book ever...Mommy loves it, and I'm sure when Brynn is older she will too :)

Hilary Beason said...

I love reading Skippyjon's adventures with my daughter! We do the voices and have a great time! I would love to win this prize! SheofDG@aol.com

JACLYN FRAZIER said...

My son would be so happy if his mommy won this. I have to say he LOVES Skippity Jon Jones!!! He deserves this so much! He went through a lot with me last year!! He was there for me the whole way!! I was in and out of the hospital because of heart issues... Love him with all my heart! He is my EVERYTHING!!

Jennifer said...

Oh what an awesome giveaway!!! We would love to win I am a new fan on your facebook page and my girls(Alyssa 7 and Ashley Mae 5) & I have our fingers crossed we might get the chance to hear some Skippyjon stories read by Alyssa at bedtime soon!!

Jennifer

sissajen@hotmail.com

Triple A Momma said...

We love Skippy Jon Jones! This collection would be a great addition to my classroom... fingers, toes, eyes, and legs crossed that I win!
amybeth0707@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

All my kids love skippy JonJones. My little one was skippy for Halloween last year. The books are fun and silly and my kids ask for them to be read routinely. My 9 year old cracks me up as she reads in her very best Spanish accent. Love! kristencrandallrn@hotmail.com - Kristen

Jamie Irwin said...

My five year old son Keiran and I just get the biggest kick out of El Skipito. That creative pooch sure has some wacky adventures. He always seems to have a smile on his face and is inches away from getting into trouble. He reminds me of my little guy, full of energy! A salute to both Sloppy Jon Jones and Kohl's for their efforts.
Jamie Irwin jigigirl@hotmail.com

Tobi-Dawne Smith said...

Thanks so much for sharing! The wee girlie LOVES Skippyjon Jones, as do I. In fact, her 5th birthday party this Summer was a Skippyjon Jones party. We borrowed the books from the library, read them as the kids ate lunch. We had Skippyjon invitations, and a Skippyjon cake. We had a bunch of "earmarks" to give all the kids as well as some Skippyjon necklaces we'd made. And Lily-Ann's auntie even made up a bouquet of Skippyjon cookies! The girl wore her new Skippito mask, ears, and cape... and it was a day we'll always remember.

If, by chance, we win? Because we already have a couple of the books, we'd donate the duplicates to her kindergarten classroom - so all her classmates can share in her love for the worlds cutest kitty boy. :)

Bettina Pacheco said...

Wow this was a great interview and great opportunity! My children have been in love with Skippito since my oldest was in Kinder (mom of 4 - ages 9,7, 5 & newborn!) she's now in 4th grade and still loves the series! It would be Awesome to win this prize for them(: Choose us - long and devoted Skippyjon Jones fans!! <3 bpacheco12@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

What a great story about the little boy and the wagon. Definitely had some tears over that! My son loves Skippyjon, too. It's the first series of books he's fallen in love with...and he just turned 3 a few days ago! He loves listening to his dad read them in his muy beuno Spanish accent...lol. I found the first two at a used book store about a year ago, never having heard of them, but being a cat lover, I found the story too cute...and he's loved them ever since. candijj@bellsouth.net

Bettina Pacheco said...

Wow this was a great interview and great opportunity! My children have been in love with Skippito since my oldest was in Kinder (mom of 4 - ages 9,7, 5 & newborn!) she's now in 4th grade and still loves the series! It would be Awesome to win this prize for them(: Choose us - long and devoted Skippyjon Jones fans!! <3 bpacheco12@hotmail.com

Lisa Foster said...

We love Skippyjon Jones in our classroom. He is the coolest dog, I mean cat, around!!!!
Ms. Foster
iteachinil98@aol.com

SouthernBelle said...

I cannot tell you how much my seven year old boy LOVES Skippyjon Jones! :) Here's a secret, sometimes, I steal his Skippyjon books to read all by myself. I LOVE THEM TOO! :)

Anonymous said...

My girls LOVE Skippy Jon Jones! My 3 y/o reads the books every night & my 1 y/o walks around with Skippito & El Bumblito all the time.
annielattuca@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

My students love Skippyjon Jones (pre-k to 8th). They listenquietly and laugh hysterically at his exploits. I enjoy reading and getting into character every time...the students enjoy every minute.

yvonneoliveira124@gmail.com

ELW said...

I love El Skipito muy, muy much!

Anonymous said...

I think I love skippyjon more than my 6 yr old! It's so fun to read outloud.
Chadwickwebs@yahoo.com

Heather

RMarie said...

As an elementary librarian, I know how many kids love Skippyjon Jones. We can not keep the books on the shelves. Just the other day a first-grade boy was looking for a Skippyjon Jones book and I had to tell him we'd put one on hold when the one of the books came back. It would be fantastic to win the packet and share those books with our students.
By the way, Elizabeth your drawings are great to use for bulletin boards. Thanks so much for both of you sharing your talents.

Rhonda P. said...

Love Skippyjon Jones books! Thank you for the chance to win this awesome giveaway! Email: rpena47@mcisd.org

Erika Alvarez said...

i love the books and my son gets a kick out hearing skippito & his friend's voices & accents... the inteview was a great look inside of what went on in the creative mind of Judy S... alvarez_erika@me.com

jspayne said...

My students and grandkid love SkippyJon Jones. My two year old granddaughter say his name everytime she sees the book and then we have to sit down to read it. Thanks for all the laughs you have brought to my classroom & home! Janice Payne
jspayne@flash.net

cybele727 said...

I <3 Skippy, and so do my children! I wish my son's teacher would incorporate Skippy into her curriculum.

cybele727 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

We love skippyjon in our house! Meezerresq@earthlink.net

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AshleyOutland said...

We have never read Skippyjon Jones, but everyone seems to love them! I would love to read them with my daughter! :)

ashleyoutland@hotmail.com

Heather said...

we love skippyjon here. :)

ash2342 said...

I love Skippyjon Jones, these books are adorable! I've been a nanny for 6 years and these are so fun to read to the kids, the accent and whatnot, you know. :p
callmepancho@ gmail dot com

Jenna Bare said...

My daughter just loves SkippyJohn Jones and so do the Preschoolers at the daycare where I work as a lead teacher. This would be a great tool for my class since I work for a non-profit and we have limited resources.

SuzyQ said...

My 5 year old and our whole family are huge Skippyjon fans. Ran across him by accident last year, and now we are hooked! Would love to win this super gift--thanks for the opportunity. susanmcunningham@hotmail.com

Diane westcott said...

Love SkippyJon Jones! One of the reason I rescued the girl version of him. My Suki!

LibraryLady said...

Elizabeth and Judy, you both have been featured authors at the Savannah Children's Book Festival. The children of Savannah and the surrounding area enjoyed your presentations and they love Skippyjon. This children's librarian would love the opportunity to share even more Skippy with even more kids. Please please please enter me in your contest. Email is librarylady95@gmail.com.

E, I don't want to leave you out of the praise thing. Soap Soap Soap has become one of my storytime favorites. Looking forward to seeing you again in Savannah at SCBF 2012 on November 10. (Yes, that was a shameless plug for the festival!)

Lorna said...

I'm a librarian. A dull, boring grown-ups librarian who loves children's books and cats. I found out about SkippyJon Jones when a Mom and her 4 or 5 year-old daughter got in the elevator with this girl hopping up and down with a book in her hands chanting "SkippyJon Jones, SkippyJon Jones,SkippyJon Jones..." It was adorable and I wanted to know what all the excitement was about. So when I got back to my desk I Looked up the books in the catalog (CAT-alog!!). Well, it was love at first sight. Anywho, if I win the books I will donate them to the libray's Holiday gift drive for needy families.

CDOWL313 said...

My son is 8 years old and Skippy JonJones books have always been our favorite to read together! As a matter of fact, we just read Lost in Spice tonight.Best part is when I get to sing and he does the clapping :) We would LOVE to win this prize pack! Thanks

CDOWL313@aol.com

Anonymous said...

My kids love the Skippyjon Jones books. They are so funny and I love the pictures. Thanks for the giveaway.

Ellen T.
thompsonem3(at)aol(dot)com

Karen said...

Love the interview. Love Skippyjon! The collection of Skippyjon Jones books in our house is treasured.. as are the T-shirt and hat! Such delightfully series of books to read as well ! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Love the Interview! My kids love Skippy! My son quotes him all the time. I must say they are our favorite books.
The narrations are his absolute favorite and trying to read them with as much spark make it quite difficult!
I think Judy is an incredible artist! I wish her the best and many more inspirations for wonderful books!
Vgbfx@yahoo.com

susupop said...

I used to student teach the third grade, and my kids would always love when I pulled out the Skippy Jon Jones books! They would giggle at the accents and be fascinated with the adventures! From an adult's perspective, the artwork is vivid and beautiful and the stories are so creative! As an aspiring children's author/illustrator, Judy definitely is an inspiration!

Brenda Carver said...

First time I saw Skippy Jon Jones was at a book fair at the doctors office that my son had an appointment with. I told him since he did good I'll go ahead and get him a book. I saw the book and thought this might be interesting. My son loves to be read to and with him being ADHD, reading was one of those activities he would sit still and enjoy me reading to him.From first reading on and several repeats and buying a few more with repeats also, Skippy Jon Jones became one of his favorites. The biggest thing about Skippy is that my son is laughing so much at Skippy's adventures. Big Thanks! brendacarver_85@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much Judy for creating such a wonderful series! My girls love reading especially Skippy Jones books and are saving to purchase more books. You have made reading so much fun for the entire family!

Thanks Again!

maddyblue07@yahoo.com

Theresa S. said...

Thank you to Kohls for having the Skippyjon Jones promotion. I keep a Skippyjon Jones doll in my classroom. It's great to talk with the students about him and his adventures.

Anonymous said...

I would love it! Christie_o2003@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Thank you mucho Skippito for making me, my brother and my sisters laugh. My mom reads us your stories in her best espanol voice. We bought my twin baby sisters your stuffy but mom says they can't have it till they are older cause they will bite your ears. Adios chiwawa. Hannaharas @hotmail. Com

Kera said...

Would love to win to donate the prize pack to my sons preschool at Advent Luthern where the teachers go above and beyond to take care of the kids and make them feel truly loved.
kera@absorbentindustries.com

Jessica Miller said...

You should see the looks I get for reading Skippyjon aloud throughout Target. The teens seem to especially enjoy it.

Laura England-Biggs said...

Love this, I've gotta get me to Kohls soon!!

Email is Laura.englandbiggs (at) gmail.com

Amanda said...

Love Skippyjon and Kohl's! :)
-Amanda (amandangoodwin at gmail.com)

Rachel Miller said...

My whole family loves SkippyJon Jones! I can't tell you how many times my kids have brought home these books from the library =)

-Rachel (milrtym81@msn.com)

ddec said...

love that Skippyjon Jones in my classroom!

amanda said...

My daughter, Skippy, will be skippjon for halloween and i have the please to dress up as mama junebug jones :)

love love love your work :)

amanda
lilymax2@yahoo.com

Mandy said...

Hi, I love reading SkippyJon to the kids in my Pre-K class. A few weeks ago someone stole my collection of SkippyJon Jones books. My class was very upset :( I would love to win this for my class. Thanks Mandy

amandajarnold13@hotmail.com

Snivey said...

These books are so much fun to read aloud to my grand-blessings. The plush SkippyJon is adorable.

goldyfish57 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Both of my daughters love this Books! They even pretend they are Skippyjon Jones!! Yoselin_2715@yahoo.com

Unknown said...

I don't think it's possible to "outgrow" Skippyjon Jones! He is right up there with Calvin and Hobbes in my eyes - timeless!

Anonymous said...

We love skippyjon jones!
jackie_dog22@hotmail.com

Sasha Reel said...

Hoorayita, I love El Skippito!!!! My children would be overjoyed to have this wonderful Skippyjon pack!!!!!

Alexandra Theberge said...

Wow what an amazing author...My son loves Skippyjon Jones, he even sleeps with the plush Skippy every night. Last Christmas I got him the Skippyjon cape, ears and mask, he was so thrilled to have them. He will recite the books and act out the stories, I always end up being Skippy's mom. Not only does my son love the books but so do I. Can't wait for the next book!

My e-mail is lexitheberge@gmail.com

bryansgyrl said...

Ever since my husband read "Skippyjon Jones" with a spanish accent we have been HUGE fans. We even got to take a picture with him at the school reading night last year! :D
alysiadawn 14 [at] yahoo {dot} com

Karen said...

We are "Skippyjon Jones crazy" in our house! My 7 yr old learned to read with these in kindergarten and my 5 year old recites entire passages from the backseat while running errands! It doesn't surprise me that Judy is taking part in this project. She has a lovely heart and an muy, muy awesome talent!

Anonymous said...

My kids are 10 and 12 and they LOVE Skippyjon Jones! The whole family loves reading time. Thanks Skippy!
Veronica
ronikirby28@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

My soon to be 7 yr old boy/girl twins and I love Skippy Jon Jones. I've been reading the books to them since I found them in a schoolastic flyer at pre school. I love your stories and art Judy! Can't wait till your next book! mucho gracious
Melissa
redangelmissy@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I LOVE Skippyjon Jones! I teach elementary music and I have introduced the books to my students who love him too! They especially love when I read them using my Spanish accent! It always brings big smiles! We have such fun reading them!
newblackolive@aol.com

FVaholic said...

I was introduced to the Skippy Jon books when I was babysitting one time and fell in love with him/them! My cat breed of choice is Siamese, so these books really have a special place in my heart. I love my Siamese kitties and your stories and artwork are so perfect!
SDAalkhamsaegyptians@gmail.com

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