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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Snappsy The Alligator and His Best Friend Forever! (probably). Words by Julie Falatko and pictures by Tim Miller. Viking, Penguin. 2017. $22.99 ages 4 and up

"I did not agree to
any of this.
Sure you did!
I'm your BFF!
You can tell we're
BFFs because we
have these shirts.
Who's Bert?
Me, I am.
You never told me
you had a name."

Snappsy is back; so is his chicken friend. Neither personality has changed much since the last time we met. Snappsy continues to be reticent about being made the center of attention. The chicken continues its constant over-stating of Snappy's attributes, and persistently focuses on their many adventures together. Inherently false, Snappsy is embarrassed by the chicken's presence and adoration. The chicken insists that being the alligator's BFF is paramount and evident.

Snappsy finally succumbs to anger, resulting in Bert's departure. Will Snappsy miss Bert's constant conversation and ebullient spirit? Of course he will. The humor will have kids and adults chuckling as they share this second tale of enthusiasm and avoidance. The illustrations 'made with brush and ink and computer hocus-pocus' add appeal and context. The two are so different; the speech bubbles and comical art assure understanding of each distinct personality as they go about their days.

Mayhem is at the heart of the tale, right up until the final spread.

"And Snappsy the alligator and his BFF had a lovely evening
doing the things that best friends do.
They had such a wonderful time that they decided Bert should
move in.

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