The book series is intended to introduce basic Spanish to English-speaking children, although it has attracted some controversy for allegedly being offensive to Mexicans (see YMMV page for more info).
Tropes found in the books:
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Los Chimichangos. Justified, since they're Skippyjon's Imaginary Friends.
- Art Shift: Whenever Skippyjon takes a glimpse at mirror, his reflection is substituted with a picture of an actual Chihuahua.
- "Awesome McCool" Name: Skippyjon Jones and his alter ego, El Skippito Friskito.
- Big Eaters: Los Chimichangos.
- Cloud Cuckoolander/Mr. Imagination: Skippyjon Jones is defiantly this. He refuses to act like a proper cat, much a dismay to Junebug. Oh, and his crazy adventures with the Los Chimichangos are all imaginary.
- Continuity Nod: Remember the first villain of the series, El Blimpo Bumblebeeto Bandito? Well, he, an ordinary piñata, can be found in Skippy's closet in In The Doghouse.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: In Class Action, Mama Junebug tells her son that he can't go to school because it's for dogs. Segregation much?
- El Spanish "-o": Some words in the books add "-ito" to their ends to give them a Spanish-esque effect.
- Fractured Fairy Tale: Snow What.
- Gratuitous Spanish: The books use Spanish words frequiently, as they intend to teach basic Spanish.
- Hairball Humor: In one book, Skippyjon is asked to solve a riddle, but doesn't know the answer. He coughs up a hairball and the dogs, thinking he has a virus, write a limerick about it.
- Imaginary Friend: Los Chimichangos to Skippyjon Jones.
- Large Ham: Skippy. The Finx also counts.
- Limited Wardrobe: Zig-zagged. While Skippito wears the same mask and cape, he wears them differently in each book (for example, sometimes he wears the mask like pants, and sometimes he'll wear the cape like a kerchief).
- Moral Guardian: In Mummy Trouble, Junebug declares that the National Geographic magazine about the curse of the cat mummy is "taboo".
- Mundane Made Awesome: Closets have never been so adventurous.
- Nothing Is Scarier: In Mummy Trouble, we never get to see what King Rootin Tootin Kitten Kabootin looked like coming out of his sarcophagus due to Skippito running out of the tomb for his life.
- Oh, Crap!: Skippito's reaction upon meeting any antagonist.
- Pun: "ACHOO PICHU!"
- Rhymes on a Dime: The books do this quite frequently.
- Riddling Sphinx: There's an Egyptian Sphinx parody called The Finx in Mummy Trouble.
- Running Gag: '-ito' being added to certain words (sound effects, exclamations, et cetra.).
- Space Episode: Lost in Spice.
- Those Two Guys: Poquito Tito and Don Diego.
- Too Dumb to Live: Averted. Skippito is too scared to do anything no sane person would do. Not that Los Chimichangos care.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Skippyjon loves mice and beans.
Poquito Tito: "Red beans, black beans
- And Los Chimichangos love rice and beans.
Boston baked and blue—
Cocoa, coffee, kidney beans
Pinto and jelly too!"
- Unexpectedly Obscure Answer: Because Skippito was too nervous to answer the Finx's riddle ( the answer is Skippito himself), he coughs up a furball instead. Don Diego lampshades this.Don Diego: You call that an answer, dude?
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Series: Darwin from Big Bones is a pretty scary-looking fella. After all, no one messes with Darwin.