The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip

The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip

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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, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip 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.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : McSweeney's Books, 2006, c2000.
Edition: First McSweeney's edition
ISBN: 9781932416374
1932416374
Branch Call Number: j F SAUNDERS
Characteristics: 84 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Smith, Lane

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mzch
Apr 11, 2016

Dreadfully cynical tale skewers misguided religious attitudes. The rest is camouflage.

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sldoug
Jul 31, 2012

I read this aloud to my kids over the course of a couple nights. It was an odd and very compelling story with a message that might strike home more for adults than for kids, but still, a very worthwhile read. I felt like parts of the message got stretched a bit thin (like the daughters who stood still in order to look pretty so that boys would like them) but overall I really enjoyed this book and am glad I stumbled across it.

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