Book Review: Snappsy the Alligator by Julie Falatko

Summary: Snappsy the alligator is trying to go about his very ordinary day when a pesky narrator steps in to spice up the story with slanderous claims. Is Snappsy making crafty plans? Is he prowling for defenseless birds and soft, fuzzy bunnies? Is Snappsy a big, mean alligator who’s obsessed with snack foods that start with the letter P? It’s no wonder Snappsy won't invite the narrator to his party!

Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) is an irreverent look at storytelling, friendship, and creative differences from a pair of rising stars in the picture book world.

Release Date: February 2016
Age Group: Children
Source: Publisher
Reviewed By: Nat

This is a unique children's book. When it came in the mail the boys thought it looked cool and immediately liked Snappsy because he didn't want to be in the book. From the cover Snappsy is already talking to you. This story has a twist to the narration that we didn't see coming. It really added to the fun of a character that you think is irritated with you. He clearly doesn't want to be bothered by a Narrator.

The illustrations are great and have a cartoon feel that young children will enjoy. This book kept the interest of my 5 year old and had my 7 year old asking me to explain narration. I liked that there were lots of onomatopoeia's in the text. {I know you are singing the song now "onomatopoeia's where a word makes a sound"}.

I really cannot divulge anything about the story itself or I will spoil the twist and RL Stine would be very upset with people ruining a well thought out twist.

  • Recommended for young readers 
  • Identifying the letter P
  • Gives a great introduction to narration and onomatopoeia's

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  1. Like you point out, the style does indeed have a cartoonish-feel that immediately brings a sort of cheerfulness to the table. I like that the cover includes a picture of the cover, and how Snappsy addresses the audience from the get-go (also that name!). Both clear signs that this will be an entertaining romp.

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