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Fattypuffs and Thinifers Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Oct 2000


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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Jane Nissen Books; New edition edition (1 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903252075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903252079
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Dec 2003
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Fritz Wegner's deliciously funny and beguiling illustrations are unforgettable, and more than do justice to this excellent story. This edition also includes a very witty and enjoyable written introduction by Raymond Briggs, though none of his illustrations. A book to treasure.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. Stewart on 27 Mar 2010
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When I read this story originally as an 8 year old, I loved it - it's one of the few children's books I still own in my mid-30s and which is read to baby cousins, godchildren, etc. This book appeals in two ways:
If you are a parent/adult fretting about how to keep up the momentum for a boy who has gone through Harry Potter, Darren Shan, Anthony Horowitz and even the late, excellent children's author Douglas Hill, and who is now drifting ominously back towards the idiot box in the corner or the latest mega-gore-slaughter-death IQ-murdering computer game, then find this, Andre Maurois' finest hour. It's got the fat boy and the skinny boy, plus exploration, adventure - and enforced separation.
If you are a parent/adult fretting about a girl who is only 10 but who reads Cosmo during morning "playtime" and can quote Bridget Jones/Marian Keyes/Sophie Kinsella verbatim and who is already talking about diets and thighmasters at age 7, then I would read this. The title - Fattypuffs and Thinifers, will lock-down her attention like the offer of letting her have a sleepover, and though the main two protagonists are boys, the character of their plump mum will strike a chord. You can use this book to discuss body image with your daughter/young girls in a very non-confrontational way.
I realise that sounds a bit heavy for kids, but it makes them and you think - what would happen if the UK were strictly segregated along lines of weight? BMI 30+ you had to live in ABC and -30 XYZ? The story appeals equally to girls and boys and makes a serious point in a witty, funny way. I would also check out: How to Live Forever (though that is more for 2-6 years) by Colin Thompson, The House That Sailed Away by Pat Hutchins and The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster(all of which I have also reviewed).
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jun 2003
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This book is a classic. Read it now!!! It's been out of print for years and I've been scouring the country for it. Once you've read it I'm sure you'll agree that it should never be allowed to go out of print again. It has all the elements of a true childrens classic: humour; surrealism; grand adventures; and just enough of a moral. The quality of writing and plot are sufficient to warrent a wide adult readership as well, and, like all classics, it will never go out of date. Forget whether you're a Griffindor or a Slytherin, a Swallow or an Amazon; the REAL question is: Fattypuff or Thinifer?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Sep 2014
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This is a well written moral tale that exudes warm hearted fun, of a rather odd world that exists below our own. A world where body shape/size determines which society you belong too. The narrative is accompanied by well sketched pictorials that help enhance the storyline. While many people look to newly published authors, which is not a bad thing. It is little gems like this book from 1930s that can be as much fun today, and have as much relevance as the day they first went in to print. This is a book that I really enjoyed as a child.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "atthesignofthdragon" on 7 Nov 2004
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An eternal classic by the classic French author, Andre Maurois, it is the story of two brothers who find an underground land one day, divided into two countries, one belonging to the Fattypuffs, who enjoy an hourly snack and an hourly nap, and the other to the Thinifers, who eat to live and work most of the time. The brothers, being one of each kind, are sent off to the different countries, and they have to live through the dreadful war, caused by each country's conviction that their way of life is best. After suffering, the question is resolved happily. The excellent illustrations add to the tale's wit and humanity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 30 Aug 2009
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This is a really good read, it has lasted the passage of time and is as fresh as when it was written. I think it would appeal to all ages .It is a classic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirsty Kerr on 27 July 2013
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Good children's book about prejudice.Some adults should read this book .If you speak to children before obesity and anorexia knocks on the door .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Smith on 14 Nov 2012
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I loved this book as a child and was so pleased to find it still in print. The Thinifers eat to live and the Fattipuffs live to eat. Two brothers fall into the underground world of these two warring nations and find themselves separated due to one being fat and the other thin. They become ambassadors and advisers to their respective tribes. The battles and government become a bit boring but the overall story is most enjoyable.
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