Book: Snappsy the Alligator (did not ask to be in this book) Author: Julie Falatko Illustrator: Tim Miller Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers Date: February 2, 2016 Genre: children's picture book; pre-school-3; age 3-8 Pages: 40 Price: $16.99 My rating: An unusual and amusing story
Snappsy the Alligator – Did Not Ask to Be in This Book! is the first picture book written by Julie Falatko.
Snappsy is going along minding his own business, just living his ho-hum life. When he realizes he’s suddenly in a book being narrated about him he objects, to no avail.
Snappsy the Alligator Does Not Want to Be in This Book! – and he really does not want to be in this book! – is presented in a way quite different from the usual method of writing a picture book. Julie Falatko has included a narrator to whom her main character is talking.
If you pay attention to Tim Miller’s funny illustrations in relation to the words you will see that what the narrator is saying is, at first, describing everything Snappsy is doing. Snappsy finds that irritating. The reader can figure out what he’s doing without being told step-by-step, but then the narrator starts saying things that make Snappsy sound mean and adventurous. He also calls Snappsy out on his habits, challenging him to try something different. It’s amusing. And it’s effective because Snappsy does something different to make the narration more interesting.
This is a funny story children will enjoy once they catch on to what’s happening.
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