Published February 2nd 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
This is the story of a main character at odds with his narrator. Snappsy the alligator is having a normal day when a narrator steps in to spice up the story. Is Snappsy reading a book…or is he making CRAFTY plans? Is Snappsy on his way to the grocery store…or is he PROWLING the forest for defenseless birds and fuzzy bunnies? Is Snappsy innocently shopping for a party…or is he OBSESSED with snack foods that start with the letter P? What’s the truth? Can you blame Snappsy for not inviting the narrator to his party?
Humorously told by a pair of rising stars in the picture book world, Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) is an irreverant look at friendship, storytelling, and creative differences.
Because Snappsy is delightful, hilarious and basically everything I want in a book for readers of any age. Author Julie Falatko introduces us to Snappsy, an alligator who is about to have his life (mis)defined by a persistent, omniscient narrator.
While Snappsy is innocently going about this day, the narrator keeps insisting that Snappsy has certain darker intentions. What follows, is a hilarious meta-fiction look at how easy it is to misdefine and misinterpret a situation, and why it's important to get all sides of a story, before making assumptions.
There are many, many things to love about Snappsy, but it's debut author Julie Faltko's sly, self-aware humor that dominates the top of that list. Faltko immediately makes readers into Snappsy's confidante; showing just challenging and frustrating it can be to have your every action misinterpreted by something or someone out of your control.
It's an idea that many younger readers will likely relate to, especially as they learn how to articulate their thoughts and opinions for the first time. Moreover, as the story progresses, Faltko patiently shows readers the advantage of working through situations, by learning how to reach out to antagonists, and encouraging them to read a situation a little more critically.
Outside of Faltko's charming dialogue, Tim Miller's illustrations are hilarious and pitch-perfect. The drawings are reminiscent of Sunday comics, and a delight to view visually.
Bottom line: Not only is Snappsy a hoot to read, it also shares some wise lessons on learning how to be critically objective in our day-to-day lives. Wonderful for readers of all ages.
About the author and illustrator:
Julie Falatko loves, loves, loves to talk about books. She has a library science degree, is a frequent contributor to the Nerdy Book Club, was the picture book reviewer for the podcast Brain Burps About Books from 2011 to 2015, and she started a Little Free Library in front of her house to share books with neighbors. Julie lives in Maine with her husband, four children, and big-eared chiweenie dog. Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) is her first book.
Tim Miller studied at the School of Visual Arts where he earned his BFA in cartooning. He is Manager of Family and After School Programs at the Queens Museum and runs their summer art camp every year. Visit him at www.timmillerillustration.com/ or http://instagram.com/tm_illustration. And follow him on Twitter @TM_Illustration.