Snappsy the Alligator and His Best Friend Forever (Probably)
Author: Julie Falatko
Illustrator: Tim Miller
Synopsis: Now, these two rising picture book stars return with SNAPPSY THE ALLIGATOR AND HIS BEST FRIEND FOREVER (PROBABLY), on sale October 3, 2017, in which Snappsy reprises his role as a disgruntled protagonist. In their latest adventure, Snappsy and his loyal narrator discover the trials and error of friendship. You see, all Snappsy wants is a quiet evening to himself, but this pesky chicken (who insists he’s Snappsy’s best friend) won’t leave him alone. Friendship bracelets? Matching shirts? The sleepover of the century? Snappsy did not ask for any of this, but he might just be surprised at how nice it can be to have a friend.
With humor and sympathy, this giggle-inducing readaloud illuminates a situation we have all faced at some point—how sometimes, when we want a best friend so badly, we can come on too strong and overstep boundaries—as well as how magical it can feel when we get friendship right. Packed with silly, mischievous fun, kids won’t be able to hold back the laughs when reading this hilarious, pitch-perfect sequel to one of the funniest books of 2016.
First off, let me say that I haven’t read any of the other Snappsy the Alligator books, so I can’t compare this with any of Snappsy’s previous adventures. This book, however, serves as a really cute and hilarious way to introduce your children to Snappsy’s character and get a few laughs for your children (and yourself!) while doing so.
Snappsy’s best friend (who he never really cared if he had or not), is a chicken – and that chicken is quite pesky in Snappsy’s eyes! The chicken follows him around throughout the entire book, constantly reminding Snappsy that he is the chicken’s very best friend. The chicken makes Snappsy friendship bracelets and surprises him with matching shirts (and a sleepover!). But underneath it all, you can tell that Snappsy might actually enjoy this attention, and having a friend.
This book is sure to delight readers of all ages with its antics. I’m an adult and I loved it, and my daughters thought it was incredibly funny. This is one of those books that are perfect for reading aloud, and you can be sure that you will be left in fits of giggles as you read.
The pictures were bright and colorful and the whole of the book was amazingly illustrated, and when combined with the funny story and banter between Snappsy and Chicken, it creates this wonderfully humorous story that you will want to read again and again. The author and illustrator of this book are both incredibly talented, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Snappsy in the future!
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Julie Falatko loves friendship bracelets, friendship hats, and friendship pizza. She is always the first person to fall asleep at a sleepover. Julie is an author with a library degree who writes stories about misunderstood animals trying to find their place in the world. Julie lives in Maine with her family. To find out more about her books, please visit her at www.juliefalatko.com.
Tim Miller loves smoothies, reading by himself, and quiet evenings alone. He studied cartooning at the School of Visual Arts and now writes and illustrates children’s books to pay off his student loans. Tim lives in Queens with his girlfriend and three cats who are his best friends forever. To see a full list of his books, please visit timmillerillustration.com.