Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-08-09 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 44 user ratings

" Fun! Fun! Fun! This is a day in the life of Snappsy the Alligator who becomes the unwilling subject of a picture book. Forced to defend his character and to throw a party to liven the story up, readers will delight in this wacky tale. " said.

" A fun picture book about a grumpy alligator who doesn’t want to be a character in a book. Although I suspect that adults enjoy metafiction more than young readers, Snappsy’s irritation with the party-loving narrator is amusing. The whimsical storytelling and clever illustrations will make this a popular read aloud. " said.

" I picked up this book from the library because a friend reviewed it. She doesn't review children's book so I thought it would be worth a look. It is great but my favorite part about it is when I read it to me "kids" a 7 year old boy who believes all books are boring and made for girls loved it. He was laughing and actually paying attention. He enjoyed it so much that he asked for it again the next week and the next. I guess I have to get this one. " said.

"I received my copy via Goodreads giveaways.
I found everything about this book FUN. It was fun on multiple levels, too, incl. the illustrations. My only concern was that the illustrations and the text may be funny at different levels. The look of the book appeals to younger kids, and the multi-level story (incl. interaction between the main character and the narrator) would likely work only for older kids. I don't find it 'snarky' or 'cynical', but I'm not sure if older kids who'd 'get' the dialogue would like the look of the book.
Overall, really good fun, and (apparently) the start of a really fun Snappsy series.
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"Very boring, and has no plot whatsoever. Snappsy does not do anything except complaining that he does not a narrator (claiming that he is awful and other praises).

The book is not only boring and flat, but self contradicting "Snappsy, the big, mean alligator... liked to eat tiny, defenseless birds and soft, fuzzy bunnies" but then he gets to a store and likes only food that starts with the letter P (pudding, peanut butter, pita bread). Both of these do not lead to anything in the book, maybe some people do not believe that kids are looking for a plot.

At 70% of the book he even understands that he is really boring and makes no sense, so he throws up a boring party.

Pointless, 1 star or less.
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"Stories are everywhere. According to Merriam-Webster story is defined as a history, an accounting, a statement of facts, an amusing anecdote, a fictional narrative such as a short story, the plot of a longer work and a well-accepted rumor. It would seem the particular meaning assigned to story would depend on the teller.

Nothing is more enlightening than working with a group of students during a storytelling exercise with each person telling one and the others guessing whether it is the truth or a lie. For the most part the tales shared are genuine and without fabrication. We are wired to tell stories, our stories.

We share those stories when it feels comfortable to do so. Snappsy The Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book!)(Viking, Penguin Young Readers Group, an imprint of Penguin Random House L. L. C., February 2, 2016) with words by debut author Julie Falatko and pictures by debut illustrator Tim Miller elaborates on a day in the life of an annoyed alligator. Truth, lies and humor abound.

My full recommendation:
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"I can sum this book up in two words: Hil. Arious.

But here’s a bit more...

The narrator is trying to force the main character to have a more exciting story. Such great conflict at every turn! And I love how it builds throughout, with both the narrator and MC getting progressively more irritated.

I read it aloud to my daughters (1st and 5th grade) and they both loved it. They particularly loved the grocery store scene (don’t all alligators shop at the grocery store?) and also the surprise narrator reveal at the end. It was quite a hit at my house! When my 1st grader saw the cover, she was instantly intrigued. She said, “Look! He’s holding a book that has the same cover as THIS book!” She thought that meta angle was so cool. Not that she knew it was a “meta” angle. :)

I was also really impressed with how well-defined the main character was. He had such a strong, unique voice. I thought the dialogue was just the right amount of snarky without being too much. Also, just the right amount of absurd specifics to illicit lots of giggles. Like the peanut butter sandwich. So randomly awesome! And the bright, bold illustrations are spot on.

Also, maybe this is weird to mention, but I feel like this would be SO funny and work so well in a kids’ drama group.

Anyway, I can see what the buzz is about. This is a winner.
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"Snappsy discovers his day taken over by a narrator in this picture book. The book begins with the narrator explaining that Snappsy was feeling “draggy” and even his skin was “baggy.” Meanwhile, Snappsy himself actually feels hungry. The narrator keeps talking about Snappsy’s every move, sometimes just describing what is happening in each image and other times adding too much drama. When Snappsy reaches the grocery store, the narrator focuses on the letter P too much. Snappsy decides to throw a party so there is something to do, and the narrator continues to cause mayhem as the story progresses.

Falatko’s writing is very funny. Her timing is wonderful, Snappsy often reacting just the way that the reader would, calling the narrator out for doing a bad job at times and other times getting snarky when the narrator has miscalled what is about to happen. The influence of the narrator’s voice on a story is shown very clearly here and is a great way to talk about the tone of writing and how that can change an entire book to read one way or another. That said, this book can also just be read for the giggles which is the perfect reason to pick up any picture book.

Miller’s illustrations have the feel of a vintage picture book, just right for this subject matter. They add to the humor from the expressions on Snappsy’s face to the homey aspects to the house that Snappsy lives in.

A smart, silly and richly funny picture book that is sure to have people laughing when it’s shared aloud. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
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