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The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip

by George Saunders

Other authors: Lane Smith (Illustrator)

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This is a kids' picture book written by acclaimed literary author George Saunders. Or maybe it's just a George Saunders story cleverly disguised as a kids' book, because while it's perfectly suitable for kids (or at least for ones with decent-sized vocabularies), it delighted this particular adult as much as any of Saunders' stories ever has. It's hilarious and weird and sly and relevant, not to mention wonderfully illustrated, and I had a big grin on my face through pretty much the entire thing. ( )
  bragan | May 21, 2018 |
Quick read! Lots of fun! Exquisite illustration! Glad Cathy showed it to me. A nice break from heavier reading. ( )
  njcur | Apr 18, 2018 |
A whimsical story about loving your neighbor and being happy with what you have. All of sudden, one smart-ish gapper decides to change how gappers torment goats in the little mythical town of Frip. In response, the daughter of the goats' owner, who is improbably named Capable, is forced to change her family's life. What follows is a lesson in sharing, caring, and survival for the whole tiny town of Frip. ( )
  TheBibliophage | Mar 20, 2018 |
Short illustrated fable that reminds me a little of something Roald Dahl would have written. A bit silly on the surface, but a little dark and surprisingly profound underneath. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Aug 8, 2017 |
Unrhythmische Endlossätze - in einem Kinderbuch? Ein paar mehr Satzzeichen und flüssigere Dialoge täten dem Buch ganz gut.
Schöne Zeichnungen, einiges zu entdecken für Kinder. ( )
  ufkls | Jun 20, 2017 |
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to Toddy —LS
to Alena and Caitlin, both very Capable —GS
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Ever had a burr in your sock?
Tu as deja eu une teigne dans la chausette?
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0375503838, Hardcover)

The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip is that rarity, a fable that appeals equally to literate adults and id-crazed kids. Its author, George Saunders, is a Thomas Pynchon-approved, three-time O. Henry Award-winning surrealist writer; its artist, Lane Smith, is the Caldecott-honored illustrator of The Stinky Cheese Man and film designer of James and the Giant Peach. Nothing could evoke Saunders's simple yet extravagant story better than Smith's strange, painterly depictions of the seaside town of Frip, a place of ornery eccentrics and oddball animals. Smith combines some of the virtues of George Grosz, Dr. Seuss, and the Japanese prints called Ukiyo-e ("pictures of the floating world").

Gappers are baseball-sized, burr-shaped orange creatures with a compulsion to creep up out of the sea and fasten themselves to goats, whom they love. "When a gapper gets near a goat it gives off a continual high-pitched happy shriek of pleasure that makes it impossible for the goat to sleep, and the goats get skinny and stop giving milk," writes Saunders. Since Frip survives by selling goat milk, the children must brush gappers off the herd eight times daily and dump them into the ocean. You simply must see Smith's picture of Capable, the book's plucky heroine, emptying her gapper-sack from a precarious cliff picturesquely menaced by subtly colored waves. You'll be torn between lingering over the gorgeous artwork and flipping the page to see how Capable will ever cope with the gapper invasion of Frip, her obdurately past-obsessed widower papa, and her dumb, mean neighbors (two snooty, boy-obsessed girls and a family of singers who are harder on the ears than a keening gapper attached to the goat of its dreams). This is a slim tale, but unquestionably one quite in keeping with Saunders's prizewinning books. The title story of Pastoralia, for instance, is also a fable involving class struggle and people who get snooty about the difficulties of working with goats.

The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip is a grownups' book, a kids' book, an art book, and a cause for countless happy shrieks of pleasure. --Tim Appelo

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The village of Frip survives by selling goat's milk; however, every night gappers attach themselves to each family's animals. One day, they gang up to attach themselves to Capable's goats. Capable is pretty clever and comes up with a solution.

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