A gapper is a bit of a 'burr' but it is a dangerous thing. When it attaches itself to the goats the goats become very unhappy and even stop giving milk. There is nothing gappers like more than goats and nothing goats hate more than gappers. When gappers get your goats it means trouble. In one small town gappers are a real pest and it takes the ...
A gapper is a bit of a 'burr' but it is a dangerous thing. When it attaches itself to the goats the goats become very unhappy and even stop giving milk. There is nothing gappers like more than goats and nothing goats hate more than gappers. When gappers get your goats it means trouble. In one small town gappers are a real pest and it takes the ingenious approach of Capable to find a soution - if a solution exists at all.
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New. 2005. Paperback. 96 pages, illustrations. Illustrator(s): Smith, Lane. A story of a brave girl and her efforts to do battle against the evil gappers terrorising Frip by brilliant adult novelist George Saunders and award-winning children's illustrator Lane Smith. Cateogry: (J) Children / Juvenile. BIC Classification: 5AH; YFB. Dimension: 221 x 121 x 8. Weight: 186......We ship daily from our warehouse. Over 350, 000 customers served online! Our feedback reflects our service....'Quick delivery and book was exactly as described', 'Great service-thank you! '
A child faces but does not fall for selfishness or lack of neighborly concern. This book is beautifully illustrated. Another George Saunders' successful effort to keep the reader awake THINKING.
Jun 15, 2007
What a thrilling find!
I stumbled upon this book by sheer chance and knew as soon as I opened the packing it came in that this book was something very special. To begin with it has a vellum dust cover, beautiful orange "gapper"dot end papers, and beyond fabulous illustrations by Lane Smith. But the story inside is what will make you pull this book to your chest when you're through. It's strange, sad, sweetness will have you associating with it's theme in a very personal way. After having read this book I proceeded to purchase many more copies and give them away to friends, teachers, relatives and even one librarian.
Publishers Weekly, 2000-07-11 Saunders's (Pastoralia) idiosyncratic voice makes an almost perfect accompaniment to children's book illustrator Smith's (The Stinky Cheese Man) heightened characterizations and slightly surreal backdrops in this unconventional fairy tale for grownups. Saunders describes the setting, the town of Frip, as "three leaning shacks by the sea," which Smith represents as oblong two-story towers in brick red, ocean blue and mint green situated on irregular plots of land with sinewy trees against a yellow sky that suggest a Daliesque eerieness. The 1,500 gappers, spiky little creatures with multiple eyes, feed on the goats that graze the shacks' backyards; by habit, they split into three groups to attack all three properties at once. One day, the gappers decide that henceforth they will concentrate all their efforts on the goats at only one house, the one closest to the sea?inhabited by a girl, Capable, and her grieving, widowed father. Soon, the two unafflicted families begin to tell themselves that they are superior to Capable and her father ("Not that we're saying we're better than you, necessarily, it's just that, since gappers are bad, and since you and you alone now have them, it only stands to reason that you are not, perhaps, quite as good as us"). Of course it's only a matter of time until everybody's luck changes. The Saunders-Smith collaboration is inspired. Smith adds witty touches throughout, and Saunders's dialogue features uncannily amusing deadpan repetitions and platitudinous self-exculpations. Saunders is much too hip to bring this fable to an edifying ending, but things do conclude as happily as is possible in the morally challenged, circumscribed world of Frip. 100,000 first printing; major ad/promo; author tour. (Aug.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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