Skippyjon Jones: Color Crazy
Dutton Juvenile (2007)
Reviewed by Cayden (age 3.5), Max (age 18 months) Aures and Mom for Reader Views (3/08)
“Skippyjon Jones: Color Crazy” is a non-conventional 12- page board book designed to teach young children their colors. In Skippyjon Jones’ world the sun is blue, a bunny is green and a tree is orange.
This was our first Skippyjon Jones book and at first my children did not know what Skippyjon was.
Cayden: “I like him. Is he a bunny?”
Mom: “I think he is a cat with big ears.”
Cayden: “Oh yeah, he is!”
Cayden: In response to Skippyjon coloring a big blue sun on the ground: “He’s drawing on the carpet??”
Cayden: “Skies aren’t pink!”
Mom: “Sometimes when the sun sets they are.”
Mom: “Which picture did you like best?”
Cayden: “The one where he is coloring on himself because that is funny!”
After the second time reading “Skippyjon Jones: Color Crazy,” Max went through and was able to name some of the colors. He did not get into the book as much as Cayden did though. Cayden wanted to take the book and go “read” it by himself and Max did not have any interest in it once we were done reading.
I like how the words for the colors were printed in the corresponding color as this helps preschoolers learn how to read. However, whereas a 4-year-old knows what color certain things are, I think this book may be confusing to a younger child when it is telling them that a puddle is purple.