SNAPPSY THE ALLIGATOR Did Not Ask to Be in This Book!

Written by Julie FalatkoSnappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) will be published by Viking Children’s on February 2, 2016. Snappsy is an alligator whose ordinary day is interrupted by a meddling narrator who insists Snappsy is looking for innocent forest creatures to devour and is obsessed with food that starts with the letter P.


“This is the first book for both Falatko and Miller, and it’s an excellent one—Falatko’s writing nimbly zigs and zags around Miller’s bold, goofy cartoons.” –★Publisher's Weekly 

“More than merely meta, Snappsy is clearly a book, if not a protagonist, with bite.” – ★Kirkus

“Falatko’s debut picture book is a truly laugh-out-loud, mischievous romp, made gleefully goofier by Miller’s straitlaced, deadpan animal characters." -★Booklist 

"Over documented youngsters may feel some sympathy for Snappsy, and audiences in general will giggle at his battle with the overexcited narrator." -★The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 

“This is the picture-book debut for Tim Miller, whose cartoon illustrations channel James Marshall in fresh and exciting ways, and whose deadpan humor is spot-on—especially the moments where Snappsy stares incredulously at us or the out-of-control narrator’s disembodied voice.” – BookPage

“Miller's cartoonish illustrations in plums and greens, often in comic strip-style panels, are silly, inviting and bursting with funny details such as the "No Narrators Allowed!" sign on Snappsy's front door.” - Shelf-Awareness

“The story’s meta aspect, the alligator’s rib-tickling, madder-by-the-minute agitation, and the simple primary-color-avoidant illustrations outlined in black may all owe a debt to Mo Willems—but it’s still a pretty terrific book. It’s distinguished by Falatko’s ability to sustain the tension at length; by Miller’s savory palette, largely in underripe greens and purples; and by the unvoiced suggestion that when fiction is working well, a character can take on a life or his or her own.” - The Horn Book   

“A silly, clever introduction to the idea of the unreliable narrator.” – Boston Globe

"A charming irreverent tale for independent-minded tots." - People Magazine  

"This clever debut will renew faith in the possibilities of fourth-wall breaking." - The New York Times