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-[George the Puppet] What’s up everyone? It’s George, back with another story. This one’s about a feisty alligator named Snappsy. It’s a funny tale that will surely make you happy. Today, Fun4theDisabled presents “Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in this Book)” written by Julie Falatko and illustrated by Tim Miller. Here’s Vanessa to tell you more about the book and introduce our reader for today.

-[Vanessa] Thank you, George! Today, actress Terry Lynne Hudson will be reading “Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in this Book)” written by Julie Falatko and illustrated by Tim Miller. This story follows a day in the life of Snappsy the alligator as he plans a party, goes to the store, and has fun with his friends, all while being followed by a pesky narrator. Author Julie Falatko loves to write quirky books that have an assortment of talking animals and furniture. Looks like we’re going to a party today! Let’s listen to the story.

-[Terry] “Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in this Book)”. Words by Julie Falatko, pictures by Tim Miller. “Hey! Do you mind?” Snappsy the alligator wasn’t feeling like himself. His feet felt draggy. His skin felt baggy. His tail wouldn’t swish this way and that. And, worst of all, his big jaw wouldn’t snap. “This is terrible! I’m just hungry! Why is this rude narrator trying to make it seem like I need a nap?” So Snappsy went off in search of food. He walked along the edge of the pond. He scooted up the tall, tall hill. He shimmied through the forest.

“You’re an awful narrator. You’re just describing what you see in the illustrations.” Snappsy, the big, mean alligator, kept looking for food. He liked to eat tiny, defenseless birds and soft, fuzzy bunnies. He prowled through the forest, looking for victims, when he came to a… “It’s just a store. A grocery store! It’s where I buy my food.” Snappsy looked hungrily at the other shoppers while loading his cart with pudding, peanut butter, pita bread, and popcorn. Yes, Snappsy the alligator was particularly fond of a certain letter of the alphabet. “I don’t only eat food that starts with the letter P. You don’t have to make it seem like I only buy storybook food. I’m also buying cheddar, apples, pretzels, pasta, pears…”

Aha! “It’s just a coincidence!” Snappsy, the big, mean, hungry alligator, who only liked food that started with the letter P, carried his groceries back through the forest, back down the hill, back around the pond, until he got to a surprisingly lopsided shack. “Oh, you are really cheesing me off. It’s my house. I built it myself.” I’ll say. Snappsy the alligator took his groceries into his splinter-laden shed and slammed the door. Quite hard. He was inside. Still inside. What was he doing in there? Was he making crafty plans? Was he roasting innocent forest creatures that he already had stored in his freezer? Had he fallen asleep? “I made a peanut butter sandwich and now I’m reading a book.” Well, you have to come out. The story is really boring now.

“If you must know, I’m planning a party.” Snappsy the alligator, trying to better his reputation with the other animals, decided to throw a party. Snappsy vacuumed the rug. He made goody bags for all his guests. Wait, those aren’t goody bags. He’s just taking out the garbage. Snappsy should really put out goody bags for his guests. They love those. “You know what? I did not ask to be in this book! I was just having a normal day! And suddenly you were talking about what I was doing, so I’m throwing a party to make things more interesting! I hope you’re happy! Now I just want you to buzz off!” “Thank you!” “Oh, go ahead! I can hear you breathing!”

Snappsy’s party was shaping up to be quite a festive event. Colorful streamers hung from the ceiling. There were cubes of cheese and a bowl of punch. Some kind of danceable music was playing. Then Snappsy’s friends started to arrive. They were laughing and dancing. The weren’t hungry or thirsty. They looked like they were having a really good time. Yes, a fine time indeed… “Oh, all right! You can come in!” Oh gosh, me?! The humble narrator?! Well, I don’t know. Let me check my calendar. I suppose I could come for an hour or two.

Someone has to demonstrate proper dance steps. All the important guests had finally arrived. And while Snappsy’s sharp teeth were still glinting menacingly, he was actually a lovely host. “Does anyone want pudding?” Aha! “Because pudding is really good!” And we all ate pudding and did the Chicken Dance. We were really looking forward to Snappsy throwing parties like this every week. “Heeeeey!”

-[Vanessa] Thanks actress Terry Lynne Hudson for that reading. What did you think of the story, kids? How would you react if your life was narrated by a talking turkey? I’d probably be a little annoyed like Snappsy was. I hope you enjoyed the book. Are there any other books you’d like us to read? Leave a comment below. Thank you once again, actress Terry Lynne Hudson for reading “Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in this Book)”. If you enjoyed this video, please subscribe to our newsletter and check out more of our Fun4theDisabled Presents: Children’s Books that Heal series. Looks like Fun4theDisabled will be going to a party every week. What do you think, narrator? Well, it looks like I’m not important enough for the narrator to talk about. I’m not in the book. Well, take it away, George! Bye bye!

-[George the Puppet] Thanks for watching “Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in this Book)” written by Julie Falatko, and illustrated by Tim Miller. You see, Snappsy the alligator is like an elevator: his feelings go up and down. And with the narrator, he sometimes feels a love/hate relationship all around. Snappsy did not ask to be in this book, and sometimes he feels overlooked. But no matter what, in the end, Snappsy enjoyed being with his friends. So until next time or later, Snappsy the alligator says, “Bye!”

[Relaxing pan flute music]

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