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Snappsy the alligator. And his best friend forever (probably)

Snappsy the alligator and his best friend forever (probably)

And his best friend forever (probably)
Snappsy the alligator. And his best friend forever (probably)
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New York, New York : Viking/Penguin Young Readers Group, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Snappsy the alligator wants to spend a quiet evening reading, but a pesky chicken who insists he is Snappsy's best friend will not leave him alone.
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E FALA New or Popular Picture Book

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Snappsy (begrudgingly!) returns in this clever and hilarious follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) .

Snappsy the alligator wants nothing more than a quiet evening to himself, but a 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 the activities the chicken-his best friend forever?-is planning. This pitch-perfect sequel to Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) explores all the ways we get friendship wrong (and why it feels so magical when we get it right!).

Author Notes

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

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

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Snappsy the alligator is a homebody. He likes reading and hanging out at his place. Alone. When a chicken named Bert comes to a party at Snappsy's house and doesn't leave, the overly enthusiastic new friend plans nonstop entertainment and is constantly suggesting new ideas. "Wouldn't it be fun to have a Best Friends Disco Bonanza?!" They could get smoothies! Wear pizza hats! Have a sleepover! Snappsy finally loses it and tells Bert it's time to go.only to discover that things are lonely without a BFF. Bert returns, chastened but happy, and ready to tone down the bro-fest. Falatko's relatable story is told in prose that young readers will easily follow and that nicely captures the exasperation, zaniness, and love that at various times characterize friendship. The story is complemented by Miller's expressive, colorful cartoons of the new buddies. VERDICT A read-aloud or read-alone treat. For a storytime about the importance of compromise with friends, pair this title with Jennifer Lanthier's Hurry Up, Henry!-Henrietta Verma, National Information Standards Organization, Baltimore © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

The grumpy gator of Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) (2016) returns for further botheration at the hands well, wings of the visiting chicken who has unilaterally decided that they are BFFs. Being followed around the house (even into the bathroom) and out on errands is trying enough, but when the chicken, whose name turns out to be Bert, enthusiastically announces that they're having a sleepover with party games and pizza hats, Snappsy snaps. Sternly ordered to leave, Bert reluctantly departs (not far: in Miller's simply drawn cartoon illustrations, he can be seen hanging around the yard and peering in the windows), and Snappsy settles down to enjoy some peace and quiet. A little while later, he concedes defeat, and muttering Oh, for heaven's sake, he invites Bert back not just for a party but to move in permanently: Turns out, it's more fun with you around. Another same-sex odd couple, joining the likes of Frog and Toad, to explore nuances of character and friendship.--Peters, John Copyright 2017 Booklist