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The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip Paperback – Illustrated, 7 Mar 2005

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (7 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747576114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747576112
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 0.8 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Young Capable is a very tired little girl from Frip, a tiny village near the sea whose children are constantly exhausted because of the gappers--gappers being bright orange, very stupid animals with a strange weakness for goats.

When a gapper gets near a goat it gives off a continual high-pitched happy shriek of pleasure that makes it impossible for the goat to sleep, and the goats get skinny and stop giving milk. And in towns that survive by selling goat milk, if there's no goat milk, there's no money, and if there's no money, there's no food or housing or clothes, and so, in gapper-infested towns, since nobody likes the idea of starving naked outdoors, it is necessary at all costs to keep the gappers off the goats.

In Frip, it is the responsibility of the children to rid the goats of the gappers who persistently adhere themselves to the goats. Every three hours, day or night, the children must labouriously, brush them off, put them into sacks and dump them into the sea, from where the gappers begin their journey again. This cycle continues until one day, when a gapper with more brains than any of the others realises that they'd save themselves some effort if, instead of dispersing between all the yards, they just made for the yard closest to the sea--Capable's yard. The little girl finds herself overwhelmed and in need of some help from her neighbours.

This is a wonderfully surreal and imaginative tale perfectly complimented by the incredibly quirky illustrations by Lane Smith. This modern morality tale is told with affection, warmth, wit and a large amount of ironic humour which will make the reading of it as pleasurable to adults as it is to children. --Rachel Ediss --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'A zany, wild book' Observer 'Capable is a heroine for modern times' Daily Telegraph 'Wonderful kinky modern fable' Financial Times 'An outstanding oddity - an eccentric and comical morality tale' The Sunday Times

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Format: Hardcover
This book is delightful and surreal. I don't want to give too much away because you should read it yourself. It is a fairytale about a small child's struggle against impossible odds. It has that atmosphere of slightly skew reality that a book like say The Little Prince has, but combines that with real warmth. As you can guess from the title ,the prose is lyrical and descriptive. I have bought a copy for a grown up so that they can share it with their children. This is suitable for any child old enough to follow a traditional fairytale, it is more a short illustrated book than a picture book.
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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, and a fable about the true meaning of community.The result is--what else?--an instant classic!
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I think my curiosity about this was piqued by seeing the front cover. And once I'd begun reading, I couldn't stop until the last page. It's a wonderful little fable crackling with gentle satire and it's also strange, definitely strange. The strangeness of the story is brought out and enhanced by Lane Smith's deeply odd illustrations.

This is a book I think anyone with average reading skills could enjoy. I liked it so much I gave a copy to my brother who enjoyed HIS copy with his young son, who also found the whole thing most enjoyable.

Brighten your day with a Frip !
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