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Snappsy the Alligator

(Snappsy the Alligator #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  2,325 ratings  ·  431 reviews
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 nar ...more
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Julie was one of the first clients I brought on as a new agent and SNAPPSY was one of my first book sales. From my first time reading SNAPPSY I knew it was a book I couldn't live without. Both of my kids (Turkeybird and Littlebug) feel exactly the same and have ooh'd and ahh'd over the development of the book from words on a page to the addition of illustrations. Tim's illustrations enhance and bring to life the hilarious, silly and even heartwarming story Julie shared through words. I can hardl ...more
Outstanding read aloud and useful for teaching children about narrators and breaking the fourth wall.
Dave Schaafsma
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Each year I and my family read and rate all the Goodreads picture book nominees. This one is nominated for 2016. I make a few comments and then add their separate ratings and a comment. There's 15 and this is the first being rated.

This one surprised me. I thought it would just be goofy, but it has meta-elements I love (Snappsy: I did not ask to be in this story!) that figure in the ending when the narrator (a chicken) gets invited into the story, who seems to be his strategy. Has comics frames f
Ms. B
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, picture, 2017, 2021
5/12/21 Update - David Harbour's reading of this on Storyline Online livened this one up for me. He brings the story to life and adds a humorous touch to it. Now I want to reread the picture book. 4 stars
7/19/17 Interesting concept. Snappsy is content as a loner, but it seems the narrator has something else in mind for our main character. 3 stars
Liz B
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a funny story about stories. My then-eight-year-old son really liked it, and requested it multiple nights until I had to return it to the library.
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone Who Enjoys Humorous and/or Meta-Fictional Picture-Books
An unassuming alligator is going about his daily life when he finds himself the object of a narrator's interest in this hilarious meta-fictional picture-book from author Julie Falatko and illustrator Tim Miller. Shadowed by unwelcome and unflattering narration, which paints him as a rapacious predator, Snappsy continually objects, eventually shutting himself in his home where the narrator can't see him. He relents in the end though, responding to the narrator and eventually inviting him in to th ...more
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The story itself was ok, but the illustrations were really fun.
Dec 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture_book, 2016
Felt like the author tried to copy Mo Willems' style and failed. ...more
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May 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nichole
Originally posted on, reviewed by Nichole.

This one fell flat with the kiddos.. The first mistake was the name Snappsy. It's very difficult for little kids to pronounce and they kept wanting to say Snappy. The title definitely didn't roll very well off the tongue.

I hate to say this, but this book was BORING. In fact, there's actually one part of the book where the narrator says that the book is boring. Let me tell you, that didn't encourage my kiddos to want to listen to the stor
Paul Orsino
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
To say that I have been anticipating the release of this book would be an understatement. The concept of this hilarious new picture book is irresistible. A self-aware main character who wants absolutely no part of the book he is in? Sounds like meta-humor at its finest.

Snappsy the Alligator is your average (two-feet walkin’, pretzel snackin’, party plannin’) gator who just wants to go about his business. Unfortunately, he has become the main character in a book that HE DID NOT ASK TO BE IN! In f
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I read this to an audience of second graders. When I pick the story I tend to choose humorous ones. For example I am a huge Mo Willems fan. Anything he writes is comedy gold. This book looked like it was going to be funny. I thought the premise of a character not being happy to be in a book was a funny one. I expected that since I was reading the book I would be the one to face off with Snappsy. Instead the narrator ended up being a chicken who tricked Snappsy into throwing a party. It was funny ...more
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
SNAPPSY THE ALLIGATOR (DID NOT ASK FOR THIS FIVE-STAR REVIEW)...but he's getting it anyway! Read this book! ...more
So clever, original, and funny. Writers take notes: character development at its finest.
Sara Grochowski
If you're looking for a book kids and parents will find equally amusing, this is it! I wouldn't be surprised if this Snappsy gains the same kind of following as The Day the Crayons Quit. The illustrations and voice reminded me of one Henry Goes West by Robert Quackenbush, which was a personal favorite when I was growing up. Not only is Snappsy a hilarious and engaging story, it provides a great example of voice, narration, and storytelling! ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Written by Julie Falatko
Illustrated by Tim Miller
2016; 40 Pages
Viking Books for Young Readers
Genre: children's, picture book, humour


Snappsy is happily going along with his daily life until an annoying narrator starts to exaggerate his actions. Snappsy is not having any of that and it leads to a party that the narrator is not invited too. I enjoyed this funny story and liked the images. (Ages 3-6)
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is hilarious. My kid loves it too (even though he's only 2 and doesn't understand all of it)! "Snappsy! Snappsy!" I just love that his name his Snappsy. I love the format - like a good combo of a graphic novel and picture book. And just absurd enough without being too absurd. Enough humor to keep adults interested too :P ...more
Aliza Werner
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I laughed out loud several times! Clever use of narration and characters. Anyone who thinks of "pudding in a bag" and uses a phrase like "you are really cheesing me off" gets my vote! ...more
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful take on the self-aware narrator with a twist that will leave you laughing! We LOVE this book.
Edward Sullivan
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A cheerfully cheeky metafictional romp.
Hilarious! Cute!
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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 p ...more
Diana Murray
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 r
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Snappsy the Alligator by Julie Falatko and illustrated by Tim Miller (Iowa Goldfinch Award 18-19)

Teacher: I am going to read to you some of this book, and I want you pay close attention to the words. “Snappsy the alligator wasn’t feeling like himself. His feet felt draggy. His skin felt baggy. His tail wouldn’t swish this way and that. And worst of all, his big jaw wouldn’t SNAP. This is terrible! I’m just hungry! Why is this rude narrator trying to make it seem like I need a nap?” What is happe
Liza Fireman
Nov 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebook
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 som
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 dial
Danielle Mccoy
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
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. ...more
Kimberly [Come Hither Books]
Lots of literacy principles at work for reading with a young child, but pretty dull for an adult or advanced reader.

Useful for alphabet games, story walks through the illustrations, conversations and interactions between narrator and character, identification of book parts, and words and small details hidden in the illustrations. Great for the kids it's targeted at and parents/caretakers trying to practice literacy skills with their kids.
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.
Michele Knott
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not only an unreliable narrator, but a needy one too! Of course, Snappsy steals the show by having the best come backs. Laughs abound in this fun book.
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Julie Falatko is a modern day gadabout with the ability to have deep and meaningful conversations with kitchen appliances, who can parallel park with an 87% success rate, and who writes stories about misunderstood animals trying to find their place in the world. Please hold your applause until the end.

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