- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Series: Snappsy the Alligator
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (February 2, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451469453
- ISBN-13: 978-0451469458
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 84 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PreS-Gr 2—Snappsy the alligator finds himself in a book he doesn't want to be in. He leads a quiet, simple life, but the narrator (a chicken who likes to dance and throw parties) purposely misinterprets his every move. This is fun for readers but not for the main character. "This is terrible!" Snappsy says. "I'm just hungry! Why is this rude narrator trying to make it seem like I need a nap?" Falatko's debut book demonstrates the power of storytelling through words and pictures. The simple cartoon art is a hoot. The narrator's surprise appearance at the end helps Snappsy realize that it's good to have people in your life who push you out of your comfort zone every once in a while. VERDICT A fun read-aloud.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
PRAISE FOR SNAPPSY THE ALLIGATOR (DID NOT ASK TO BE IN THIS BOOK):
"A charming, irreverent tale for independent-minded tots."
"This is the first book for both Falatko and Miller, and it’s an excellent one—Falatko’s writing nimbly zigs and zags around Miller’s bold, goofy cartoons."
—Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW!
"More than merely meta, Snappsy is clearly a book, if not a protagonist, with bite."
—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW!
"Falatko’s debut picture book is atruly laugh-out-loud, mischievous romp, made gleefully goofier by Miller’s straight-laced, deadpan animalcharacters."
—Booklist, STARRED REVIEW!
"Filled with exploration-worthy detail… overdocumented youngsters may feel some sympathy for Snappsy, and audiences...will giggle at his battle with the overexcited narrator."
—BCCB, STARRED REVIEW!
"This clever debut will renew faith in the possibilities of fourth-wall breaking.”
—The New York Times
"A silly, clever introduction to the idea of the unreliable narrator.”
—The Boston Globe
"One of the funniest picture books of the year. . . . utterly irresistible."
"Falatko’s debut book demonstrates the power of storytelling through words and pictures."
—School Library Journal
"Distinguished by Falatko’s ability to sustain the tension at length; by Miller’s savory palette... and by the unvoiced suggestion that when fiction is working well, a character can take on a life of his or her own."
—Horn Book Magazine
"This one goes to the top of the meta-heap. Snappsy the Alligator is a wonderful exploration of subjectivity... and a lot of fun."
"If a pesky narrator did THAT to ME, I'D bite 'em right on the—*AHEM* Great job with your creative conflict resolution, Snappsy!"
—Ame Dyckman, New York Times bestselling author of Wolfie the Bunny and Boy + Bot
"Adam Rex didn't ask to be on this book either. But despite being a mean man who generally dislikes debut authors he is a fan of Snappsy the Alligator."
—Adam Rex, New York Times bestselling author of Schools First Day of School
"Modern storytelling that never compromises, page after hilarious page."
—Bob Shea, author of Ballet Cat
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