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The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip


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ISBN13: 9780375503832
ISBN10: 0375503838
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Gappers will get your goat. Literally. If you don't brush them off and return them to the ocean, whence they arrive every day, these bright orange, many-eyed creatures will cover your goats, and the goats will stop giving milk.

In a village called Frip, goat's milk was the entire economy. Three families lived there--the Romos, the Ronsens, and a little girl named Capable and her widowed father, who wanted everything to remain the same. It didn't. One day, the Gappers, despite an average IQ of 3.7 (±.02), decided for a good reason to concentrate on Capable's goats. Oh, how the Romos and Ronsens turned their backs on the gapper-ridden Capable! Oh, how they indeed lorded it over her! What kinds of creatures are we, one wonders, when such selfishness so often springs up so spontaneously among us?

And, given the coldness of her neighbors' shoulders, what will Capable do about her Gapper plague, as her share of the economy dries up? Literally. The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip, with a brilliant story by award-ridden short-story master George Saunders and fifty-two haunting and hilarious illustrations by bestseller-plagued artist/author Lane Smith, answers that question. In doing so it tells a tale as ancient as the Bible and as modern as a memo from the Federal Reserve Board. And funnier than both--which isn't saying all that much, admittedly. You don't get to laugh and gaze in visual awe and pleasure all that often when the Golden Rule comes under such serious attack and such staunch defense as it did in Frip.

An adult story for children, a children's story for adults, an earthlings' story for aliens, an oceanside fable for the landlocked, a capitalist tool for anarchists, a fish story for loaves, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip represents the classic instant of two young geniuses colliding and colluding. The result is--what else?--an instant classic!


Sure to become an instant classic, this groundbreaking collaboration between two of America's brightest and most surprising talents is a gorgeously illustrated, modern fairy tale for adults and future adults, which tells a story about hard work, bad neighbors, and the Golden Rule. Full color.

About the Author

Author: George Saunders is the author of two short-story collections, Pastoralia and CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, a finalist for the 1996 PEN/Heming-way Award. His work has received two National Magazine Awards and three times been included in O. Henry Awards collections. In 1999 he was chosen by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best American fiction writers age forty and under. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.

Illustrator: Lane Smith has illustrated several number-one national bestsellers, including The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, The Stinky Cheese Man, Dr. Seuss's Hooray for Diffendoofer Day, and James and the Giant Peach. Smith has twice won The New York Times's Best Illustrated Book of the Year and in 1992 the Caldecott Honor. He is married to Molly Leach, the designer of this and many other books.

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vacheviolette, August 19, 2008 (view all comments by vacheviolette)
I stumbled upon this book at the New York Public Library and couldn't put it down. I checked it out and read it over lunch - I am in LOVE with this book.

There are so many relevant lessons to be learned in this story.

The story's main character, a little girl, "Capable", realizes she must find a new, innovative way to save her family and break out from what is "traditional".

She learns that there are no hand-outs, her neighbors won't help her, and even her own father (greiving the loss of his wife) is resistant to her decisions to break from the pack.

She triumphs and instead of turning her back on her neighbors as they did her, helps them out. her generosity, a trait handed down from her mother, reminds her father of the need to continue living and he is given comfort from his daughter.

As the mother of two little girls, I would LOVE my little girls to read this and emulate little Capable. The other girls in town want to sit-around, look pretty, and attract boys, and Capable would rather take a book out of the library and teach herself something practical (How to Fish) and earn a living.

This is a great book. Highly recommend.
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caring parent, April 25, 2008 (view all comments by caring parent)
I recently bought this book after reading great reviews online. After reading it myself, there is no way I would read it to my children.

I am amazed by the positive feedback for this book. It may be somewhat creative, but the 'moral of the story' is quite lousy. In the story, all adults of the town are extremely lazy, but because they are unintelligent, they all believe that they are successful because they are hard workers. It is revealed to readers that their good fortune is actually caused by totally random events that the adults are not smart enough to understand.

One day, one family in the town falls on hard times. Because all adults fail to recognize that their success is a result of luck rather than hard work, they all refuse to help out. As a result of this, they all fall on hard times.

The moral of the story is not about compassionate sharing, although that would have been nice. The moral is about successful people oweing help to the less fortunate because their success was a random event that was not earned or deserved. A rather negative outlook on life that does not speak highly of the author's own virtues.

I suppose that if you dislike taking responsibility for your actions and you hope your children will do the same, this book provides a useful perspective. For those who want to raise their children otherwise, I would suggest avoiding this book.
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Smith, Lane,
Smith, Lane
Villard Books
New York :
Fairy Tales, Folklore & Mythology
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1st ed.
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Trade Cloth
84 p.
9.58x5.89x.48 in. .85 lbs.

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