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Very Persistent Gappers of Frip
Very Persistent Gappers of Frip | George Saunders
28 posts | 33 read | 14 to read
The town of Frip struggles with an infestation of gappers, which tests the residents' limits of patience and resourcefulness.
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Aimeesue
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I think I have found the homeland of the very persistent gappers. Sadly for them, there were no goats around. 😁

Aimeesue Also, I have no idea what these actually are, but they are VERY pointy and extremely sticky, in a burr-like fashion. Any ideas? 3y
Bookwomble Possibly teasel heads?🤔 3y
Aimeesue @Bookwomble Your idea set me to Googling. They're chestnut burrs! I had no idea chestnuts grew in a prickly casing. 3y
Bookwomble I did consider chestnuts, but they're *so* prickly I dismissed the idea! Why are you weaponising your home decor? 😄😉 3y
Aimeesue Ha! I just wanted some gappers! Saw these while walking the dogs and they reminded me of the book, so I put them in the bag to bring them home. I usually bring a bag to put trash in - since I have to carry dog poop bags anyway I might as well pick up stray plastic bottles, etc. as I go by. Also needed to figure out what they were or it would've driven me nuts! 😂 3y
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sarahbarnes
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#7days7covers #coverlove Day 1 - no explanation needed

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Soubhiville
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In Austin we have a lot of Live Oak trees, and in the Live Oaks grow a lot of Air Plants. Can you see the spikey balls on each branch? They don‘t hurt the tree at all, they get everything they need from the air. But walking under them made me think of the Gappers today. 😂🐐🧡

Aimeesue ❤️❤️❤️ that book! 4y
RaimeyGallant My parents are visiting Austin this week. :) 4y
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DMC_run8
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Pickpick

Beautiful illustrations. I think I've discovered a new favorite author! Fantastic satirist!

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Soubhiville
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I couldn‘t resist reading this right away. Lane Smith‘s illustrations are beautiful! I‘m on the second page and already in love.

Tamra We love Lane Smith! 5y
Hooked_on_books The text is fun, but the illustrations just bring that little book to an amazing place. 5y
Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books it‘s a great little book! I really enjoyed it. 5y
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Soubhiville
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I got your package today @Hooked_on_books and this card made me laugh really hard- enough that Sietje came to check on me. Thank you! I‘m excited to read this, it looks so fun!

Hooked_on_books You‘re welcome! I have a whole collection of those cards. I‘ll have to include the various versions in the future. Dog people get them. Enjoy the book! 5y
Dorianna I read this book last year and really enjoyed it. Also the illustrations are lovely. 5y
Kappadeemom That card 😍 5y
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Dorianna
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This is a children‘s book, but I think everyone should read it, and found it very timely. In the little town of Frip, Gappers are little creatures that are parasites to the goats the town needs to survive. When they plague the goats of Capable and her father the most because they‘re closer, readers a told a fable about empathy, community, and accepting change. It‘s very much a George Saunders tale and Lane Smith‘s illustrations are gorgeous.

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RealLifeReading
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#fallintobooks day 12: #goldandsilver
It was surprisingly harder to find silver on spines. I had to unwrap several dust jackets before I found these three silver spines!

britt_brooke Pretty! 5y
DGRachel I've discovered the same thing - finding gold on my shelves is not a problem, but there is a noticeable lack of silver. 5y
Kalalalatja Lovely! 5y
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vivastory
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Evening plans 🍷 📚 🍷

RealLifeReading Love this book 5y
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KellyMuser
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Pickpick

Never too old for a children's book, especially with great illustrations by Lane Smith.

A gapper is like a "burr in your sock", only bigger, and orange with lots of eyes. Gappers shriek with pleasure when they get near a goat because they love goats so much. The shrieking upsets the goats so they can't give milk which the people of Frip depend upon for their livelihood.

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Robothugs
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I read this with my niece today. There are some big words in it, but it was fun to explain to her what they meant. This is a fun, funny, and deep story. A good lesson by the end of it. Adults & children would enjoy this!

minkyb How lovely! 6y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Because Lane Smith's art in this book is so fantastic! And for @ValerieAndBooks who wondered what gappers are. They are creatures from the see that can survive on land. They climb on things like goats and scream loudly, for no purpose other than screaming. 😜

ValerieAndBooks Yikes! I'd be the one screaming if I saw something like that! And, yes, fantastic artwork. 6y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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A whimsical story about loving your neighbor and being happy with what you have. All of sudden, one smart-ish gapper decides to change how gappers torment goats in the little mythical town of Frip. In response, the daughter of the goats' owner, who is improbably named Capable, is forced to change her family's life. What follows is a lesson in sharing, caring, and survival for the whole tiny town of Frip.

[DELETED] 206653737 Cute foxes! 6y
ValerieAndBooks Looks interesting! What are gappers? 6y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @bookish22 Thank you! 🦊🦊 6y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ValerieAndBooks I'll post a picture for you. 6y
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gentlepet
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Yet again proof that Madeleine L'Engle was right when she said that whenever you have a really difficult idea to explain you should put it in a book for children.

gentlepet (A picture book) 6y
danx That's a really good idea. I should try to do a picture book 'secure transmission protocols for children.' 6y
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Nute
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This little gem of a book was an unexpected surprise included in my Indiespensable Subscription Box. Thanks Powell's, it truly is a treasure. Lane Smith's illustrations are amazing, and George Saunders's fabled life lesson of compassion, kindness and community-connectedness is wisdom for the ages.

mcipher Lane Smith is fantastic. 😍 6y
Nute I'm only just getting to know that, @mcipher. Definitely about to check out more of her work. 6y
mcipher The Stinky Cheese Man and his version of the 3 little pigs are hilarious. 😂 6y
Nute So embarrassed. Is the illustrator male or female? I make mention of "her" and you respond with "his." Thank goodness for fellow Littens keeping one straight! 6y
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BraveNewBooks
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#bookmail from @Powells #indiespensable today! I loved Tenth of December, so I'm really looking forward to more Saunders.

BookBelle84 I loved Lincoln in the Bardo! 6y
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Pickpick

Not only is it pretty to look at but also a great story and illustrations.

Suzze Just looked on Goodreads. I read this in 2000. Time flies. 6y
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Bookworm83
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Came home to my #indiespensable box from @Powells !! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Graciouswarriorprincess Fun!! Is that the audiobook? (edited) 6y
Bookworm83 @Graciouswarriorprincess No, it's a signed hardcover 😍😍 6y
Graciouswarriorprincess @Bookworm. Now, I am jealous! 😜 6y
Bookworm83 @Graciouswarriorprincess 😋 It's a great subscription! 6y
LeslieO I love Lane Smith illustrations! 6y
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kyraleseberg
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Written by short story extraordinaire George Saunders and illustrated by the talented Lane Smith, this is a story for adults and children alike!
This is definitely a read-aloud (and laugh out loud) tale of the Golden Rule and how our society handles problems.
Clever wit and wonderful illustrations combine to make this a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5!

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kyraleseberg
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"Just because a lot of people are saying the same thing loudly over and over, doesn't mean it's true."

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Oryx
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Couldn't resist the artwork. And yet another children's book in my house that children aren't allowed to touch... #nogrubbyhands

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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I've made my pile. They are all pretty short, although some are heavy topics. I'm also hoping to finish the book I've been working on this week. Cannot wait for tomorrow! #24in48 #TBR #shortbooks #variety

Lmstraubie There are a few people I'd like to say this to today 😉 6y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @lmstraubie Haha. Yes indeed. 6y
PurpleyPumpkin Wow, your stack looks great!📚 6y
DogMomIrene Nice stack! I loved People of the Book. I need to read more of Geraldine Brooks. 6y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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#Swag from RHOpenHouse today! Signed Trevor Noah - he was amazing. George Saunders, Jodi Picoult, Diana Gabaldon. Reader Heaven! #happybibliophage

Gleefulreader OMG! I have huge envy!! 6y
MicheleinPhilly 😮 So jealous! 6y
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Lindy Ooooo! George Saunders! 6y
LeahBergen 😮😮😮 6y
LauraBeth Nice!!! 😀 6y
Zelma Sounds pretty fantastic! 6y
DebinHawaii Nice haul! 📚👍 6y
UwannaPublishme How cool! 😊👍🏻 6y
PurpleyPumpkin Lucky you!🍀 6y
BarbaraTheBibliophage OMG it was such an amazing day! We couldn't use our phones in the auditorium but search the tag #rhopenhouse on Twitter if you want to see what Random House and others posted! I'll post more my #bookhaul and impressions here soon. @Gleefulreader @MicheleinPhilly @melbeautyandbooks @Lindy @leahbergen @LauraBeth @Zelma @DebinHawaii @UwannaPublishme @PurpleyPumpkin 6y
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Beck1
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Everyone should read this. The art is great and I have never heard this concept explained in such great fashion. Help others. Help those who have less than you, and always think outside the box.

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Mindyrecycles
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I never see this little gem being talked about, and it is SO great! I had to use a photo from Goodreads because my daughter stole my copy. I should steal it back next time I'm at her place but I'll probably just buy another one. #underhypedbook #augustphotochallenge

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SquareBooks
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Rainy days and coffee on the balcony. How are you spending your weekend? If you're participating in the #24in48 readathon challenge, join us for infinite coffee and the perfect reading environment.

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beccaeve
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Last month I had a chance to hear George Saunders speak at a writing conference. Afterward, he signed my copy of "The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip." He even drew a gapper for me.