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Book Title: Skippyjon Jones: Up and Down|
The author of the book: Judy Schachner
Edition: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Date of issue: March 1st 2007
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.41 MB
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Reader ratings: 5.8
ISBN 13: 9780525478072
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WARNING: This Review Contains Spoilers
Skippyjon Jones: Up and Down has emerged as a critical favorite and frontrunner for the top spot in the Storytime Selection Committee's annual review of Lapsitting Literature. This ingenious juxtaposition of opposites within the daily rituals of a bright-eyed Siamese Cat serves as an excellent introduction to themes of binary opposition and dialectical theory. Consider using Skippyjon's tail as an illustration of aesthetic relativism and the futility of conformity to societal beauty standards.
With just three words ("all over again") on the final page, Schachner creates a theoretically never-ending story. Fortunately, the inevitable re-re-re-re-reading of Skippyjon Jones: Up and Down will serve as a valuable opportunity to discuss Schlesinger's cyclical theory. (This is apropos to my ongoing exasperation with GoodReads' lack of a satisfactory rereading feature.) An engaging, well-illustrated read overall.
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Read information about the author"I was the last child and only daughter born to Edward and Mary Francis Byron on August 20th, 1951 in the city of Waltham, Massachusetts. My oldest brother Ted was very good at art and my middle brother Kevin kept me laughing with his funny stories.
Growing up we didn't have much money. My mother was very ill, and to make matters worse, I was extremely shy. All my teachers complained that "Judith needs to speak up in class, Judith needs to improve in arithmetic, and Judith needs to finish her work on time." But no one complained about my artwork. On paper I drew myself a world where mothers were healthy and teachers were kind. My life was perfection in pencil.
In 1969, Massachusetts College of Art accepted me as a student despite my poor SAT scores. I graduated in 1973 with a BFA in illustration and went straight into the greeting card factories which included a stint at Hallmark. For five years I designed cute cards, sad cards, funny cards, and wedding cards. I was not having fun; in fact I never wanted to pick up a paintbrush again.
Then I met my husband, Bob, and for the first time in many years I could step off the 9 to 5 treadmill and devote all my energy to creating a portfolio of children's book art. That was until two little baby girls were born. Then motherhood became my favorite new job
Over the years I read hundreds of books to my daughters. Inspired by the art and words, I was moved once again to finish my portfolio and take it on the road to New York. That's when I met Lucia Monfried.
The most important relationship in publishing is that of the author/illustrator and her editor. I am most lucky to have Lucia. With her gentle encouragement and wisdom she took me by the hand and helped me accomplish the impossible. In 1995 I not only illustrated my first picture book but I wrote it too. Willy and May was published to wonderful reviews and no one ever suspected my fear of semi-colons.
The great thing about my job is that one day I can be writing about history, as I did in Mr. Emerson's Cook. The next day I'm drawing a wacky old woman for I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie. Or I can bring to life a beloved pet cat in my book The Grannyman. I live in a constant state of 3rd grade bliss - making up stories and drawing pictures. Isn't that what we all did as children?
Several years ago the great author Lloyd Alexander stood in my back yard admiring my daughters' Viking ship(that's another story.) Never in my wildest fantasies did I ever think that my art would inhabit his world of words. How the Cat Swallowed Thunder proves that dreams really do come true."
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