The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip

The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip

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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!
Publisher: New York : Villard, c2000.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375503832
0375503838
Branch Call Number: FICTION Saunders George 2000
Characteristics: 84 p. :,col. ill. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Smith, Lane

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JCLIanH Aug 13, 2019

A very neat little fable from George Saunders, who, the more I read, feels like he is bearing Kurt Vonnegut's torch. Which is to say his stories are all deeply humanistic and buried beneath the humor and the masterful storytelling are true life lessons. The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip is a ti... Read More »


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JCLIanH Aug 13, 2019

A very neat little fable from George Saunders, who, the more I read, feels like he is bearing Kurt Vonnegut's torch. Which is to say his stories are all deeply humanistic and buried beneath the humor and the masterful storytelling are true life lessons. The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip is a timeless look at how our myopic concerns for our own business neglects concerns for the community, which only leads to everyone being devoured. The story is an apt metaphor for a number of societal ills (classism and income inequality, climate change, take your pick), and that it's marketed as a kids book half the time makes it all the better.

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davander
Nov 21, 2018

George Saunders has a very unique, witty style. A great piece of work here. A fable like tale for children and adults with great illustrations.

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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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