B Is for Beer

B Is for Beer

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by Tom Robbins
     
 

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A Children's Book About Beer?

Yes, believe it or not—but B Is for Beer is also a book for adults, and bear in mind that it's the work of maverick bestselling novelist Tom Robbins, inter-nationally known for his ability to both seriously illuminate and comically entertain.

nce upon a time (right about now) there was a planet (how about

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A Children's Book About Beer?

Yes, believe it or not—but B Is for Beer is also a book for adults, and bear in mind that it's the work of maverick bestselling novelist Tom Robbins, inter-nationally known for his ability to both seriously illuminate and comically entertain.

nce upon a time (right about now) there was a planet (how about this one?) whose inhabitants consumed thirty-six billion gallons of beer each year (it's a fact, you can Google it). Among those affected, each in his or her own way, by all the bubbles, burps, and foam, was a smart, wide-eyed, adventurous kindergartner named Gracie; her distracted mommy; her insensitive dad; her non-conformist uncle; and a magical, butt-kicking intruder from a world within our world.

Populated by the aforementioned characters—and as charming as it may be subversive—B Is for Beer involves readers, young and old, in a surprising, far-reaching investigation into the limits of reality, the transformative powers of children, and, of course, the ultimate meaning of a tall, cold brewski.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In his "children's book for grown-ups"/"grown-up book for children," Robbins (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues) takes readers on a whimsical tour of all things beer, written in the language of a bedtime story. Factoids about everything from how beer is made to the number of gallons of beer sold globally each year (36 billion) are woven into this story about six-year-old Gracie Perkel, who craves time with her beer-guzzling Uncle Moe. When Moe disappoints Gracie, she reaches for a drink and is visited by the Beer Fairy, who flies her through the "Seam" and offers an education about life and, of course, beer. The drive to inform the reader about malt and hops is sometimes relentless, and the language can be frustratingly dumbed-down ("If you're unfamiliar with the word podiatrist, you're not alone. Fortunately for Gracie [and now for you], Uncle Moe was quick to define podiatrist as a doctor who investigates and treats disorders of the feet. A foot specialist"). Still, the premise and execution of this unique book lends itself to moments of real humor. (Apr.)

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New York Post
“…whimsical, absurdist.”
Denver Post
“Kids at heart, and anyone bemused by Robbins’ previous novels, will guzzle down Robbins’ latest brew.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061914546
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/21/2009
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
668,797
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

Tom Robbins was born in North Carolina in 1932 and raised in Virginia. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, he moved to Seattle to do graduate work at the University of Washington. His internationally bestselling works include Still Life With Woodpecker, Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates, Jitterbug Perfume, Skinny Legs and All, Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, Villa Incognito, and B Is For Beer. Robbins lives with his wife, Alexa D'Avalon, and their dog, Blini Tomato Titanium, in Washington State.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
LaConner, Washington
Date of Birth:
July 22, 1936
Place of Birth:
Blowing Rock, North Carolina

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B Is for Beer 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Hooty-Hoo More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful little bit of Tom Robbins. It is exactly as the cover implies - A Children's Book for Grownups/ A Grownup's Book for Children. It is a comical tale of a little girl, who wonders why adults like beer so much. She embarks upon a journey with the Beer Fairy to learn all about it - including why too much is a bad thing. In the tradition of a good fairy tale - it has a happy ending! As usual, Mr. Robbins has a way of being profound in a humorous manner. This is a child's length book, and can easily be enjoyed, start to finish, in a day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the style of hitchhikers guide to the galaxy. A lot of fun and Monte python humor.....quick read totally enjoyable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story. Would recommend. Jms
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only the mind if Tom Robbins could make this work. A must read for fans.
Minibush More than 1 year ago
A quick and fun read for anyone who enjoys precocious children or beer. Filled with fun "facts" that will send you scurrying to Wikipedia to see if by chance they are true, Tom Robbins' descriptions are always unique. "Do you know about drizzle, that thin, soft rain that could be mistaken for a mean case of witch measles? Seattle is the world headquarters of drizzle, and in autumn it leaves a damp gray rash on everything, as though the city were a baby that had been left too long in a wet diaper and then rolled in newspaper." How does he think of this stuff? Robbins' books always have passages that make me laugh out loud.
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discourseincsharpminor More than 1 year ago
This was a fun, quick read that was better than I had expected having not been familiar with the author.
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Marsha Millheim More than 1 year ago
i love how it is funny and it taught me many things
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samildanach More than 1 year ago
Educational, fun, inspirational, and a great way to bond with children over what used to be a white or pink elephant nightmare of a subject. Hooray for Tom Robbins and THANK YOU for writing this book. Bottoms up!