I read two books by Chez Rafter recently, the first of which was Yapper the Unhappy Snapper. This happens to be a rather amazing book for a number of reasons. The most important reason, though, is that it sends an amazing message about littering and human waste. There’s no doubt that reading this book will prompt heartfelt and genuine thought about the perils that sea life face when people are inconsiderate and unsafe with our trash and our oil. In that vein, this is one of the most important books I’ve come across. And as a bonus, it has some pretty adorable illustrations to go along with it.
Yapper the Unhappy Snapper features a little crab who just wants to spend his days playing with his friends. Unfortunately, due to the disastrous and messy state of the ocean, all of his friends are sick. The pollution that has occurred because of people has become a health risk for all the creatures of the sea. So Yapper takes it upon himself to do something about it and sets out to clean the waters. And the whole story is told with a brilliant rhyming poem.
Of course, the truth is that the story is a bit unrealistic and more likely many of the fish in the story would die from such dire conditions. Within the story, the rhyming could have been better implemented. But the fact of the matter is that this is an important message for children to learn about. Pollution is something they should be aware of. And while I definitely preferred the other pollution story Rafter wrote that I read alongside this one, I love the message this book sends.
From beautiful illustrations to a brilliant storyline, Rafter’s Yapper the Unhappy Snapper is an excellent book to have on your shelves.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.