There are a lot of patronizingly dull children's books out there, but Judy Schachner's Skippyjon Jones series ain't one of 'em. Skippyjon is an energetic Chihuahua with a fondness for silly wordplay and a love of adventure. Like most children, Skippyjon unintentionally worries/annoys his mother, Mama Junebug, with his antics, almost all of which begin in Skippyjon's prodigious imagination. The wonder perrito, as he terms himself, has tangled with bumblebees, a mummy, dinosaurs and even visited space, with a little help from his magic closet. Schachner visits St. Louis County Library Headquarters (1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac; 314-994-3300 or www.slcl.org) at 7 p.m. to discuss her latest book, Skippyjon Jones Class Action, in which the puppito attends dog school. Admission is free, and copies of Schachner's books may be purchased onsite through PuddnHead Books.
Wed., Aug. 31, 2011