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The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip [Hardcover]

By George Saunders & Lane Smith (Illustrator)
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A novel set in the seaside village of Frip follows the adventures of a community plagued by "gappers"--orange sea creatures that cover the village's goats and prevent them from giving milk.

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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, <i>The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip</i> is an adult story for children, a children's story for adults, an oceanside fable for the landlocked, a fish story for loaves, and a fable about the true meaning of community.

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Pages   84
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 9, 2006
Publisher   McSweeney's
ISBN  1932416374  
ISBN13  9781932416374  

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More About George Saunders & Lane Smith

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! George Saunders is the author of Lincoln in the Bardo; Tenth of December; In Persuasion Nation; The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil; Pastoralia; CivilWarLand in Bad Decline; The Braindead Megaphone; and a children's book, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip. His work appears regularly in the New Yorker, Harper's and GQ. In 2006, he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant." In 2000, The New Yorker named him one of the "Best Writers Under 40." He is a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction. He teaches at Syracuse University.

George Saunders currently resides in Syracuse, in the state of New York. George Saunders was born in 1936.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( S ) > Smith, Lane
3Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Stories
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Explore the World > Fiction > General

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On my top five of all time list  Apr 13, 2008
One of the best books I have ever read (I am 41) in my life. Lane Smith's illustrations are perfect as always, and Geogre Saunders is my new hero since he is one of those rare people who sees humanity for what it is, a big, delightful, hypocritical mess. I LOVED this book!
Great Book For Kids, Better Book For World Leaders!  Dec 17, 2007
Saunders gives us a relevant, contemporary allegory presented in an exotic and outlandish manner. A story suited for children and their parents, and tailor-made for our world leaders. Lane Smith's usual unusual illustrations perpetuate the fantastic frips.
A Delightful Little Illustrated Fairy Tale Short Story for All Ages  Aug 5, 2006
In the small town of Frip - three houses and three families living by the sea - the main economy is goat milk and goat cheese. But, the town is plagued by Gappers; Gappers are small dim-witted, multi-eyed, orange, sticky, ball-sized creatures (like Tribbles, but not as cute) that love goats. They love goats so much that, if left unattended, they cover the goats from head to toe and so traumatize them that goats stop producing milk and thus shut down the economy of Frip.

As with any well represented agrarian culture, it falls to the children to brush the Gappers from the goats and drop them into the nearby sea; a chore that is performed as much as eight times a day to keep the goats Gapper free. Each time the Gappers are dropped into the ocean, they regroup and return to land and divide themselves equally among the three families until one day a slightly less dim-witted Gapper decides they should all go to the closest house; this house belongs to Capable and her grieving father.

As Capable struggles with the growing burden of having only her goats loved to death by the Gappers, the other two families are free to pursue their own endeavors - mainly being petty and selfish. Capable though lives up to her name and expands her horizons a bit leading to a battle of wits and wills among the small town of Frip.

This is a simple moral tale of community that was a joy to read. Both children and adults will find this tale useful in their everyday lives - whether it be on the playground or in the board room.


A Guide to my Book Rating System:

1 star = The wood pulp would have been better utilized as toilet paper.
2 stars = Don't bother, clean your bathroom instead.
3 stars = Wasn't a waste of time, but it was time wasted.
4 stars = Good book, but not life altering.
5 stars = This book changed my world in at least some small way.
Brilliant adult allegory masked as children's tale  Jul 25, 2006
Saunders' brilliant, hilarious adult allegory is masked as a children's tale but is really more of a profound critique of American social Darwinism and the false idea currently held by many rich and privileged that they are rich and privileged due to their own superiority, hard work, or God's election, and not to pure luck. The book is also a thoughtful, funny response to libertarian myths of radical individuality that currently infect American politics like those Gappers of Frip. Older children might enjoy the book as well. I could imagine teaching this book, with wonderful illustrations by Lane Smith, to intelligent ten year olds, but might also integrate the book into a high school English course.
Very Silly, Fun and it includes a good lesson!  Feb 19, 2005
"The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip" is truly delightful and funny and for readers of all ages. George Saunders creates a tale about a small village (of all of three houses) that live by a sea where the 5 little children go out three times a day to brush gappers off their goats, which supply the milk and literately the income of the village.

The characters of this story are truly amazing and so silly that it makes for an entertaining read. There is the main character Capable (who is indeed very capable) who lives with her widowed father who believes that everything should stay the same. The other two that families living in Frip, Mrs. Bea Romo (who also seems to be a widow although it isn't really mentioned in the story) who lives with her two sons Gilbert and Robert (who have an IQ of around 3.7) and Sid and Carol Ronsen and their two daughters (that believe that when they stand still they are very pretty) are truly weird and wacky and very silly. The gappers themselves are truly imaginative. They are little orange creatures that have multiple eyes and the IQ or 3.7 (the same as the two Romo boys). Their actions of jumping onto the goats and shrieking at high pitches are done with a reason that explains their character a little better. The characters help create develop the story into something truly remarkable with they attributes.

This story also has a lesson woven into its plot. Help others (and don't call people a snoot). That is what is needed to overcome the gapper problem of Frip; the families must overcome their own selfishness. This story is truly remarkable and is for all ages. It makes you laugh uncountable times (something that not every book can do), I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good laugh and great illustrations.


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