Posted by Venus on Saturday, April 2, 2016
Labels: picture book review
Illustrations by Tim Miller
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Snappsy the alligator is trying to have a normal day, but there appears to be a narrator whose version of events are rather sensationalized. Snappsy isn't a big, mean alligator obsessed with prowling for defenseless birds and soft, fuzzy bunnies. He is not obsessed with snack foods that start with the letter P. Then again, maybe he is. But there is no way the narrator is going to be invited to his party.
In the style of The Monster at the End of this Book and Mo Willem's We Are in a Book (the illustrations look a lot like Willem's too), this fourth-wall breaking story is a nice giggle. With adorable illustrations, readers will quickly be sucked into the banter between one unwilling alligator and his pushy narrator. I especially like when Snappsy gets angry with the narrator for trying to predict what will happen. This would also make a great book for teaching young children about narration and tone.