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The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip

The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip

by George Saunders and Lane Smith
Hardback
Age range: 8 to 12 years old Publication Date: 24/11/2015
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THE 2017 MAN BOOKER-AWARDED AUTHOR OF LINCOLN IN THE BARDO

From the bestselling author of Tenth of December comes a splendid new edition of his acclaimed collaboration with the illustrator behind The Stinky Cheese Man and James and the Giant Peach Featuring fifty-two haunting and hilarious images, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip is a modern fable for people of all ages that touches on the power of kindness, generosity, compassion, and community.

In the seaside village of Frip live three families: the Romos, the Ronsens, and a little girl named Capable and her father. The economy of Frip is based solely on goat's milk, and this is a problem because the village is plagued by gappers: bright orange, many-eyed creatures the size of softballs that love to attach themselves to goats.

When a gapper gets near a goat, it lets out a high-pitched shriek of joy that puts the goats off giving milk, which means that every few hours the children of Frip have to go outside, brush the gappers off their goats, and toss them into the sea. The gappers have always been everyone's problem, until one day they get a little smarter, and instead of spreading out, they gang up: on Capable's goats. Free at last of the tyranny of the gappers, will her neighbors rally to help her? Or will they turn their backs, forcing Capable to bear the misfortune alone?
Featuring fifty-two haunting and hilarious illustrations by Lane Smith and a brilliant story by George Saunders that explores universal themes of community and kindness, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip is a rich and resonant story for those that have all and those that have not.
Praise for George Saunders
"No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time."--Khaled Hosseini
"George Saunders is a complete original. . . . There is no one better, no one more essential to our national sense of self and sanity."--Dave Eggers
"Few people cut as hard or deep as Saunders does."--Junot Diaz
"Not since Twain has America produced a satirist this funny."--Zadie Smith
Praise for The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip
"In a perfect world, every child would own a copy of this profound, funny fable. . . . Every adult would own a copy too, and would marvel at how this smart, subversive little book is even deeper and more hilarious than any child could know."--Entertainment Weekly

"Saunders's idiosyncratic voice makes an almost perfect accompaniment to children's book illustrator Smith's heightened characterizations and slightly surreal backdrops."--Publishers Weekly

"A riveting, funny, and sly new fairy tale."--Miami Herald

ISBN:
9780812989632
9780812989632
Category:
Myth & legend told as fiction
Age range:
8 to 12 years old
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
24-11-2015
Language:
English
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
243.33x149.1x12.45mm
Weight:
0.34kg
George Saunders

George Saunders is the author of seven books, including the New York Times bestseller Tenth of December, which won the Folio Prize 2014 and was shortlisted for the National Book Award 2013, an essay collection, The Braindead Megaphone, and the critically acclaimed story collections Civil WarLand in Bad Decline, Pastoralia, and In Persuasion Nation.

In 2013, he gave a graduation lecture at Syracuse University, which was then published as a New York Times bestselling book, Congratulations, by the way. In 2006, he was awarded a MacArthur fellowship. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University.

In 2017 he was awarded The Man Booker Prize for Lincoln in the Bardo.

Lane Smith

Lane Smith is the creator of It's a Book, It's a Little Book, Grandpa Green and A Perfect Day.

In 2017 he won the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for There Is a Tribe of Kids. Lane Smith and his wife, the designer Molly Leach, live in a small town in rural Connecticut, USA.

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