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The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip

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    George Saunders(Author)

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From the bestselling author of Tenth of December comes a splendid new edition of his acclaimed collaboration with the illustrator behind The Stinky Cheese Man and James and the Giant Peach! Featuring fifty-two haunting and hilarious images, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip is a modern fable for people of all ages that touches on the power of kindness, generosity, compassion, and community.

In the seaside village of Frip live three families: the Romos, the Ronsens, and a little girl named Capable and her father. The economy of Frip is based solely on goat's milk, and this is a problem because the village is plagued by gappers: bright orange, many-eyed creatures the size of softballs that love to attach themselves to goats. When a gapper gets near a goat, it lets out a high-pitched shriek of joy that puts the goats off giving milk, which means that every few hours the children of Frip have to go outside, brush the gappers off their goats, and toss them into the sea. The gappers have always been everyone's problem, until one day they get a little smarter, and instead of spreading out, they gang up: on Capable's goats. Free at last of the tyranny of the gappers, will her neighbors rally to help her? Or will they turn their backs, forcing Capable to bear the misfortune alone?
Featuring fifty-two haunting and hilarious illustrations by Lane Smith and a brilliant story by George Saunders that explores universal themes of community and kindness, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip is a rich and resonant story for those that have all and those that have not.
Praise for George Saunders
"No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time."--Khaled Hosseini
"George Saunders is a complete original. . . . There is no one better, no one more essential to our national sense of self and sanity."--Dave Eggers
"Few people cut as hard or deep as Saunders does."--Junot Diaz
"Not since Twain has America produced a satirist this funny."--Zadie Smith
Praise for The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip
"In a perfect world, every child would own a copy of this profound, funny fable. . . . Every adult would own a copy too, and would marvel at how this smart, subversive little book is even deeper and more hilarious than any child could know."--Entertainment Weekly

"Saunders's idiosyncratic voice makes an almost perfect accompaniment to children's book illustrator Smith's heightened characterizations and slightly surreal backdrops."--Publishers Weekly

"A riveting, funny, and sly new fairy tale."--Miami Herald

Young Capable is a very tired little girl from Frip, a tiny village near the sea whose children are constantly exhausted because of the gappers--gappers being bright orange, very stupid animals with a strange weakness for goats.

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  • PDF | 96 pages
  • George Saunders(Author)
  • Random House; Reissue edition (24 Nov. 2015)
  • English
  • 2
  • Children's Books

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  • By frazzles on 3 March 2017

    This book is admired by some but my children didnt enjoy its weird whimsical style, and the book itself is badly produced - it has thick shiny paper but it feels poorly bound, and the text was smudged.

  • By Stephen's Bookshop on 29 April 2015

    Three families live in the seaside village of Frip — the Romos, the Ronsens, and a little girl named Capable and her widowed father. The townspeople of Frip make their living raising goats, but they must fight off a daily invasion of gappers, bright orange, many-eyed creatures that cover goats and stop them from giving milk. When the gappers target Capable's goats, the Romos and the Ronsens turn their backs on the gapper-ridden Capable. What will Capable do about her gapper plague? An imaginative tale by acclaimed author George Saunders accented with haunting illustrations by award-winning illustrator Lane Smith, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip is an adult story for children, a children's story for adults, an oceanside fable for the landlocked, and a fable about the true meaning of community.The result is--what else?--an instant classic!

  • By ILONACAT on 7 November 2007

    I think my curiosity about this was piqued by seeing the front cover. And once I'd begun reading, I couldn't stop until the last page. It's a wonderful little fable crackling with gentle satire and it's also strange, definitely strange. The strangeness of the story is brought out and enhanced by Lane Smith's deeply odd illustrations. This is a book I think anyone with average reading skills could enjoy. I liked it so much I gave a copy to my brother who enjoyed HIS copy with his young son, who also found the whole thing most enjoyable. Brighten your day with a Frip !

  • By gina's mom on 14 January 2014

    Hated this book.Bought this book (and a couple more) after reading an article very interesting about Saunders, but I've never found a writer so pompous.As I wrote on the other review for this author, I can't understand the fuss about him.He has nice ideas but his style is egocentric. Made a mistake buying books in bulk.

  • By chewy on 13 January 2017

    pleasant yarn and morality tale of sorts about working together and not being selfish

  • By Mr. Nigel JB McFarlane on 19 December 2014

    This is highly original and funny. The humour comes from the cuteness of the little gapper creatures and the breathtaking selfishness of the people who are trying not to be infested with them. I think my daughter loved this too but I love it so much myself that who cares?

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