Brain Burps About Books
BBAB 247: Snappsy the Alligator Did Not Ask for Brain Burps to End

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #247

Snappsy the Alligator Did Not Ask for Brain Burps to End

An Interview with Debut Author Julie Falatko

  • Just a quick note to let you know that I’m starting a new podcast soon called Writing for Children (if I haven’t already started by the time you hear this). Want to know more? It’s going to be pretty awesome and very different from this show. Go to to learn more.
  • This is the last Brain Burps About Books Podcast. But I'll be back! The Writing for Children podcast will focus solely on the craft of writing. Sign up to find out when it launches:
  • Check out my new book How to Write a Children's Book. CLICK HERE
  • I wanted to give you a little head’s up that I’m creating a new show now. As the Director of the Institute of Children's Literature, I wanted to do a show focusing more on craft. This show will be shorter, have tips and links to great resources for children’s writers, whether you write for pre-k, mg, teens or in-between.

    Yes! We will have weekly downloadable transcripts, something my previous subscribers always wanted, and they’ll include extra tips and links!

    We’ll have a weekly Q&A, and if your question is featured on the show, you’ll receive our heavy canvas tote with the gorgeous new ICL logo embroidered on the pocket. 

    We’ll be having a huge giveaway to celebrate the launch, with prizes worth almost $2,000. If you want to know when that happens, go to and sign up so you won’t miss a thing (and as a ty for signing up, you get the first two chapters of HTWCB free)!

     I’m super excited about this and hope you’re going to love it, and learn from it too! Again, sign up at

This week my guest is Julie Falatko
Julie and I talk about
  • Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in this Book).
  • when Julie started doing reviews for the podcast.
  • Illustrator Tim Miller.
  • how cool it is to have your own book poster!
  • Julie's editor at Viking, Joanna Cardenas.
  • secret book covers.
  • illustrator notes.
  • fun surprises when you see the illustrations for your manuscript for the first time.
  • why it's important to make a picture book dummy.
  • keeping all your writing notes.
  • Milk, Eggs, Vodka.
  • how I wish I would've written this Snappsy!
  • where the idea for Snappsy came from.
  • where the idea for Who Hops? came from.
  • how Julie's moxie got her the job as picture book reviewer on Brain Burps.