Skippyjon Jones, Lost in Spice

Judith Byron Schachner, Author, Judith Byron Schachner, Illustrator . Dutton $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-525-47965-9

Skippyjon Jones, the Siamese kitten who thinks he's a Chihuahua, is also “nuts about Mars,” which he decides to visit via a trip to his closet. Passing through the constellations, the space-suited (really, it's a snowsuit) feline encounters Los Chimichangos, who appear in a fiery comet, as well as his green Martian double once he reaches the red planet, which is covered in chili powder. Skippyjon's ludicrous adventures and energetic personality will keep fans happy that his imagination remains unchecked. A recording of the story read by the author is also included. Ages 3–5. (Sept.)

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