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Snip Snap!: What's That? Hardcover – April 12, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 360L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (April 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060777540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060777548
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–A wide-mouthed alligator slithers out of the sewer and slips down the street and up the stairs of an apartment house. The refrain sets the stage: "Were the children scared? YOU BET THEY WERE!" They try to stop the advancing reptile, but to no avail. Oversized fonts fill the pages with the "snip snapping" of its jaws. The watercolor-and-photocopied drawings show an aerial perspective of the siblings hiding behind a palm tree and underneath a piano. Suspense builds to a dramatic wordless close-up of the green beast's face. Finally, instead of cowering, the children decide "they'd had enough," and shout, "ALLIGATOR, YOU GET OUT!" The surprised (and frightened) intruder stumbles away and tumbles back down a manhole. Children will enjoy the onomatopoeic devices, and brave voices will chime in on this slightly scary read-aloud.– Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
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PreS-Gr. 2. In this offbeat fantasy, an alligator makes his way down the street, through the front door, up the stairs, and into an apartment where three children flee from his gaping jaws. Finally, when they have endured the threat--or perhaps enjoyed the thrill--long enough, they turn the tables by yelling at the beast, who runs away. Using elements of rhythm and rhyme as well as an enjoyably predictable question-and-answer refrain, the text maintains a playful tone beneath the scary details such as alligator eyes flashing and teeth gnashing. Expressive line drawings, brightened with watercolor washes, illustrate the story with wit and style. Not for every preschooler, perhaps, but good fun for some, especially those who fantasize that they really could whip an alligator and those who realize that their home will never be invaded by a giant reptile. The final scene, in which the beast escapes into a manhole, might keep the alligators-in-the-sewer urban legend alive for another generation. Carolyn Phelan
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My 5 year old son loves read along with this book.
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It is a great book to help children learn to read with expression.
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This interaction and the wonderful illustrations, delight her.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By L. Brossette on September 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Checked 'Snip Snap' out of our local library and the kids loved it so much that I had to order one of our own. I have a 5 year old and a young 2 year old, and they both love it. The second I am done reading they emplore, "Again!" As a parent I appreciate the empathetic handling of fear and the way the children stand up to the aligator together. The illustrations are lively and humorous. I have given it as a gift already, and will again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shanshad VINE VOICE on May 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
So there you are, three kids alone in a lovely apartment in the city. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty! Especially when the alligator from the sewers decides to invade your home! This delightful funny/scary picture book is a welcome addition to my read aloud favorites.

This book solved one of my biggest dilemmas, which is first graders. First graders are getting too old for the really young picture books, but they also aren't quite ready for the more wordy picture books you might use with third and fourth graders. Snip! Snap! What's That? Is a perfect fit. The premise is that an alligator creeps into the apartment where three children live and proceeds to scare them. The alligator chases after them for most of the story, until the children decide they have enough, and scare the alligator instead--sending it back home to the sewer. The text is simple, but poetically descriptive, and the best part is the repeating lines. "Were the children scared?" and "You bet they were!". Your listeners won't take long to latch onto the call and response participation. At these ages, audience participation is almost a must--these are kids who want to see, comment and respond to what you read to them.

This book is probably a bit much for the very young child, or one who is extremely sensitive to scary things. But many children at the age of five and six like a good scare, especially when the scare is neutralized in the end. The vocabulary might be a little over the level for some first graders, but some discussion can help them understand the word meanings easily enough. The illustrations fit marvelously well with this story: it's told in a more comic book style, with a variety of panel sizes, and the text intertwining into the pictures on occasion.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LonestarReader VINE VOICE on September 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Being allowed to read this book to kindergarteners, first graders and second graders is SO MUCH FUN, I can't believe I am getting paid to do it.

From the title page to the first page of the story, we follow a path of footprints from an open man-hole cover, down the street into the lobby of an apartment building. When we look closely at the two page spread we can see a green tail disappearing up the stairs from the lobby.

"When the alligator came creeping . . . creeping . . . creeping up the stairs..."

Three children try to keep an alligator from coming into their home but can only run and hide as he breaches the doorway. As the alligator draws closer and closer the story repeatedly asks, "Where the children scared?" and answers with a resounding, "YOU BET THEY WERE!"

As the alligator's tongue is flicking and his feet are kicking, listeners enjoy becoming delightfully scared as the beast draws closer and closer. I was cracking up watching the kids hide their eyes or cling to each other as the menace approaches.

An empowering ending delightfully deals with the gator. Nick Maland's quirky illustrations perfectly convey the danger and help build the suspense. A two page close up of the alligator's head brings the peril right up to the reader's face.

This was a fantastic read-aloud. I just wish I had had an alligator puppet to accompany the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FlamingJune1967 on August 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am constantly on the look out for ENTERTAINING children's books for my toddlers (age 18 months and almost 3 years old) Educational books are nice, but at this point, I want a book which captures their attention, allows me to interact with them (strange noises, motions etc.) and is a book that I don't mind reading a thousand times. Snip! Snap! is perfect in all three areas. When I found this at the library, I knew I had to have it. I know that some of the reviewers are saying that it could be scary for younger children, but I guess its all in the delivery. Besides, my little ones are used to older siblings (teenagers) playing the "I'm going to get you" game. A fun, lyrical, action-filled book for toddlers and up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Seattle Mom on February 19, 2010
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This book is so much fun to read aloud to my 16 month old daughter. In it the author creates a scenario in which an alligator is creeping closer and closer to where the children are hiding in the apartment asking again and again "Were the children scared? You BET they were!" In the end the children overcome their fear and the alligator runs scurrying away. The rhythm of this book combined with the beautiful photos and funny story make it a blast to read at story time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Shuster on November 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If it is reading time, my three-year-old granddaughter always searches for this book. She recognizes one repetitive phrase throughout the book and now joins in the reading. This interaction and the wonderful illustrations, delight her. The story encourages children to face their fears in a fun rather than didactic manner.
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