Snappsy the Alligator and His Best Friend Forever (Probably)

illus. by Tim Miller. 32p. Viking. Oct. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780425288658.
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!

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