Read a couple of grown-up picture books this week:
The Tale of the Unknown Island by Jose Saramago, illustrated by Peter Sis 1999 (51 pgs)
The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip by George Saunders, illustrated by Lane Smith 2000 (84 pgs)
They’re both fanciful illustrated fables. Island is about seeking the unknown for it’s own sake and following your dreams, but was somewhat forgetable. Gappers was hilarious- spikey orange balls who love nothing more than goats, and shriek with joy unendingly when they find one. Much to the goats’ dismay. Great illustrations from the guy who illustrates The Stinky Cheese Man. Also a moral about misfortune being random, not earned and living the golden rule.