by Julie Falatko; pictures by Tim Miller
Interest level: K-5
Reading level: 3.5
5 out of 5 stars
Snappy the Alligator might not WANT to be in a book, but readers should be grateful that the pesky narrator didn’t listen and put him in a book anyway!
This book, by Julie Falatko, is about a rather ordinary (boring) alligator going through his day — grocery shopping, eating peanut butter sandwiches, and reading books — and the narrator who relentlessly follows Snappsy, generating drama where there is none. The breaking down of the fourth wall between narrator and character results in hilarious banter and silly situations that will make children laugh.
This book can introduce kids to the idea of words and actions not matching, and how to interpret these discrepancies. We don’t always have to buy what then narrator is trying to sell us!
The telling of this story is rather complex, switching from typical story narration to back-and-forth discourse between Snappsy and the narrator. While the cartoon-like illustrations will appeal to young children, it is probably best to read this book aloud with them to help with comprehension. The recommended independent reading level for this book is around third grade.
I highly enjoyed and recommend Snappsy the Alligator (did not ask to be in this book)!