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The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip
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Author George Saunders
Illustrator Lane Smith
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Villard Books
Publication date
August 15, 2000
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 96
ISBN 0-375-50383-8

The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip is short story writer and novelist George Saunders’s first children's book.

Plot summary

The village of Frip, consisting of three shacks by the sea, relies entirely on the production and sale of goat's milk. The gappers, an unintelligent lifeform shaped like a spiky fish, crawl up from the sea and sit on the backs of the goats. The gappers are so excited about the goats that they cling to them and emit a loud, high-pitched shriek of joy when they are on them. The children of Frip must brush the gappers off of the goats' backs into their gapper sacks and throw them off a cliff back into the sea 8 times a day. When one slightly less stupid gapper realizes that one of the houses is closer to the sea, they overwhelm the goats in that shack, belonging to Capable and her father, leaving the others untouched and their selfish owners rejoice in their no longer having to deal with the problem. When Capable asks them for help, they show their true colors.

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