More than a million sold
copies and tons of gold and platinum records in Europe are giving
the idea: Schnappi
won the hearts of children and
adults alike. Miscellaneous merchandise products were already licensed
and the downloads of screensavers, ringtones
for mobile phones went through the roof. And there's
not an end to the line.
is the story of a baby croc's
teething on his father's leathery leg - and how proud mother
crocodile is of him. The joke nursery song,
with its chorus 'Schni
schna schnappi, schnappi schnappi schnapp', was picked
up by a local radio station in Germany. Joy
is the youngest recording artist in European history to make it
to the number one position and her song is outselling the likes
of 50 Cent's Candy Shop and Robbie Williams's Misunderstood. Schnappi
now has his official website in German, Dutch
where you can get Schnappi ringtones,
wallpapers and MSN Messenger tools, along with the
Nobody is as surprised as Joy
herself, whose aunt Iris recorded
her singing the song three years ago and posted it on the internet
as a kind of a family joke.
Aunt Iris has a catchy way with
lyrics for children's songs,
having composed a number of ditties for children's programming public
television in Germany. But she insists Schnappi
is all Joy's doing.
"She came up with the lyrics
and the tune and the first time I heard her singing it I thought
it was simply adorable," Gruttmann says. "Schnappi is
a charmingly delightful children's song.
It comes straight from the heart of a sweet
little girl and I really think that's what the appeal
is. It touches people's hearts and remind them of happy childhood
is meanwhile a 7-year-old, but she can still launch into a tinny
pre-schooler version of her song for the benefit of radio and TV
microphones: "Singing comes naturally to me," she told
RTL television. "I didn't use any special technique and I have
no special training. I suppose I was just born with this talent,"
explained the dark-haired young girl with the beaming
smile and twinkly brown eyes.
A listener might well mistake Joy
for Kylie on talk-shows when it comes to discourse on how her singing
style has changed as she has matured over the years. Kylie's feet
touch the floor when she sits on a adult-size chair, while Joy's
don't. Otherwise, the comments are much the same.
"I recorded the song when I was much younger, and I've learned
a lot since then. Afther all, I was only four
and a half years old then," Joy
"I'm into different things now. I want to be an architect or
maybe a fashion designer. But if the song does really well in the
charts, well, maybe I'll just stick with being a rich and famous
Joy, in conclusion:
"I am so happy and surprised that people in so many countries
like my single - this is so exciting! My aunt has just told me that,
even though it is in German, people in Britain
like my Schnappi song.
I'm just starting to learn English in school so I really hope that
Schnappi and I will have the chance to visit soon."