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Thursday, October 19, 2017

PYR BLOG TOUR: Snappsy the Alligator and His Best Friend Forever (Probably) by Julie Falatko - CHARACTER INTERVIEW!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

You've joined us on a special day indeed because RIGHT NOW, Penguin Young Readers is swinging by with none other than, the one, the AMAZING, the only....SNAPPSY, in his latest adventure, and from the sound of things, he's not any happier about it this time around as he was about the party last time around.  Let's take a peek, shall we?

Julie Falatko
Illustrations by
Tim Miller
Viking Books for Young Readers

About the book...
Now, these two rising picture book stars return with SNAPPSY THE ALLIGATOR AND HIS BEST FRIEND FOREVER (PROBABLY), on sale October 3, 2017, in which Snappsy reprises his role as a disgruntled protagonist. In their latest adventure, Snappsy and his loyal narrator discover the trials and error of friendship. You see, all Snappsy wants is a quiet evening to himself, but this 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 this, but he might just be surprised at how nice it can be to have a friend.
With humor and sympathy, this giggle-inducing readaloud illuminates a situation we have all faced at some point—how sometimes, when we want a best friend so badly, we can come on too strong and overstep boundaries—as well as how magical it can feel when we get friendship right. Packed with silly, mischievous fun, kids won’t be able to hold back the laughs when reading this hilarious, pitch-perfect sequel to one of the funniest books of 2016.


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Sounds like fun, right?!
Oh trust me, it was...and I'm not even here to really TELL you about my experience through the pages.  Nope.  That's not my purpose here today...though if you REALLY wanted to know, I'd have to say in the grand scheme of things, it rocked.  I mean, how could it not?  It's got our main reptilian dude and his best buddy (maybe) and...okay, hang on, I'm getting ahead of myself and that's not why we're here.  

Today, we're here to not simply talk ABOUT Snappsy, but to talk WITH Snappsy!  That's right!  I was granted a very special interview with the green guy himself, and I asked the tough questions.  So, if you're ready, let's meet our scaly friend, shall we?  Put your paws, claws, and hands together with a warm welcome for our cold-blooded friend, SNAPPSY!



Image result for snappsyHey there, Snappsy! What's shaking.... besides you at the idea of a BEST FRIEND FOREVER...what gives?  Why are you opposed to having a best friend?
It’s not that I’m against having a best friend. I just like my quiet mornings. And suddenly there’s this chicken in my house trying to make me porridge.

Let's assume that the chicken is telling the truth and you will in fact be BEST FRIENDS FOREVER.  How do you think you'd celebrate the occasion and will we be invited?
Well, he keeps going on about all the things best friends do. He says we’ll have a dance party. He says we’ll sing karaoke and have a sleepover. Can’t best friends read quietly in different rooms? I think that’s what best friends should do.

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I get it, I get like your alone time.  So, what exactly do you DO with your alone time?  Hobbies, interests...anything?

Lately I’ve been getting into smoothies. They’re pretty great, smoothies. And I’ve been thinking of taking up painting. Quiet, contemplative, painting. In fact, if you’ll excuse me, I’d like to go do that right now.

What's that?  You want to end the interview?  Oh come now, these are your FANS reading this, and we all want to be your BEST FRIEND FOREVER...though I doubt you'd be able to wear that many necklaces or bracelets because you've got quite the following.  How have you been holding up with all the fandoms out there?  Any paparazzi moments you are to share?

I will say this for that chicken: he’s kind of like a bodyguard. Once a whole line of critters almost bonked into me, and he blocked them. He fields most of the press and interviews for me. Uh, except this one.

Image result for snowed inAlright, alright.  One last (lengthy) question, and I'll be out of your hair...or um, scales.  I say say the first thing that comes to mind.  Ready?  Favorite....
...color? A nice muted green.
...sound? The echoing plink plink of playing a xylophone in an empty concert hall.
...season? Winter is nice because if it snows a lot, it’s harder for people to show up at your door unannounced. Pretzels! Though I’m beginning to like pizza more. to go? I do love the Super-Duper Mart! They have everything in that place.
...FRIEND to see? If I have to see a friend, I’ll see the one who is always hanging out in my house anyway. From the kitchen to the living room to the BATHROOM, there he is. I might even be getting used to him.

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About the author...

 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

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About the illustrator...

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


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Special thanks to Friya at Penguin Young Readers for the copy for review as well as the chance to participate in this amazing tour.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the series, the author, the illustrator, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is newly available this month via Viking Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing. Don't miss the rest of the tour for more great opportunities to see this book in a different light...

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October 3 – Bookish Things & More – Review
October 4 – The Reading Nook Reviews – Review
October 5 – Here’s to Happy Endings - Review
October 6 – HomeSchool4life – Review & Activity
October 10 – Mom-Spot Network – Review
October 11 – YABooksCentral – Review
October 12 – A Rup Life – Review with Craft
October 17 – Teachers who Read – Creative Post Art related reviews
October 18 – All Done Monkey – Review
October 19 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – Character Interview
October 20 – Happily Ever Elephants – Review

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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