PARIS — Paris Public Library’s “Novel Idea Book Club,” adults reading children’s, juvenile and young adult selections, will meet to discuss “The Persistent Gappers of Frip” by author, George Saunders, and illustrator, Lane Smith, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 20.

The “Persistent Gappers of Frip” is an illustrated tale of the Golden Rule and community kindness. According to Goodreads, it “lampoons the great American institutions of social conservatism and religious chauvinism.”

Frip is a town by the sea. Gappers are round, bright orange, many-eyed creatures the size of baseballs that attach themselves to goats. When they do so , they make a high pitched sound and the goats of Frip will not give milk. The children of Frip have to go brush them off and toss them into the sea … but they do not stay there.

The families of Frip deliberate on ways to rid themselves of the gappers. Many ideas are self-serving. Some are not. Whose idea will work or is there no solution?

This book, also known as an “adult fairytale” is a delightful read-a-loud. Following the discussion, the book will be read aloud by participants.

To secure a book , call the Paris Public Library at 743-6994. The library will obtain a copy on loan. Call as soon as soon as possible so time will be ample for ordering, receiving and reading.

A refreshment related to the book will be available.

For those who are unable to attend, there is an option of being a “Silent Participant.” A “Silent Participant” reads the monthly selection and e-mails their thoughts about the book to the children’[email protected] prior to the discussion date. Responses will be shared during the discussion.


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