Book Review: Johnny Skip 2

johnnyskipJohnny Skip 2

Written and illustrated by Quentin Holmes

31 pages

Published by Holmes Investment and Holdings

Publication date: 1st October 2017

Age range: 3 +

Summary( from Goodreads):

The Johnny Skip 2 series is for kids 3-to-6-years old who LOVE adventures!

• A Multicultural Children’s Books by Quentin Holmes
• Easy-to-read, empowering and entertaining stories for young children (3-to-6-years old)
• Picture Books & Coloring Books
• Available in hardcover, softcover, & eBook

Johnny Skip 2 is a world traveler; a collector of small things, and an adventurer all wrapped up into one little kid. But he needs your help. Come travel with Johnny and his little dog Grounder as they journey to the wonderful land of Australia in search of native muntrie berries. Adding to the adventure is a mother kangaroo that has lost her ‘joey’ and this leads Johnny on a quest to find her. The Johnny Skip 2 adventure offer new sights and colourful Aussie phrases from ‘The Land Down Under.’ Johnny Skip 2 is a great interactive read-a-long that kids will love reading over and over again.

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This is another book from the same series as Sporty Lou designed so that children can see themselves in the books they read. Johnny Skip 2 uses a special device to travel instantly anywhere in the world, with his trusty sidekick, his dog. In this book he goes to Australia, but I get the impression that this may be the beginning of a series in which he visits various countries. I hope it is!

If not, I would be tempted to use this as a writing prompt in the classroom, getting the children to talk about where they would go if they had his device – this could be a really nice way for them to present their learning about another country.

Along the way he learns about the language or slang used in the country he has visited, helps out someone in need (in this case, a mother kangaroo who has lost her joey) and learns about some of the famous landmarks, food and animals in that country. This has great potential for all of the countries that could be introduced to children in this way.

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What I liked: More diversity in books is always good! I like Johnny Skip’s traveling device and can only imagine all the places I would go if I had it! Can you imagine all of the places you could visit and all of the languages you could learn?

Even better if: As with the other book in this series, I am not a massive fan of the illustrations or the typefacing. Yet again, I don’t think this will be a story that stands up to rereadings or be particularly memorable. While I am all for more diversity in books, just including diverse characters is not enough. The rhyming can be quite awkward and contrived at times which could make this a stilted read-aloud.

How you could use it in your classroom:  Include it in your classroom to widen your collection of books with diverse characters in the hope that our books and other media will soon reflect the diversity of our world more accurately. It could be interesting to use this book as a prompt for some creative writing or discussion – where would you go if you had Johnny Skip’s device? Where do you think he might go next? You could then get the children to write their own story for this character or make themselves the main character and use it as a vehicle to introduce their home country or a country to which they have a link.

(Thank you to the author for sending me an e-review copy and to the organisers of Multicultural Children’s Book Day for introducing us)

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I have included some more information about this event below:

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.

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