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ISBN13: 9780061687273
ISBN10: 0061687278
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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.

Once 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.

Review:

"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Bestselling author Robbins' first fiction in five years explores various aspects of suds culture — ancient, modern, sophomoric, and divine — and dramatizes the surprising things that happen when the life of a spunky kindergartner intersects with each.

About the Author

Pacific Northwest novelist Tom Robbins has achieved rarified cult status with successive generations of 20-somethings who adore his goofy, upbeat satirical fiction.

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M R, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by M R)
Tom Robbins is always on the mark! Excellent writer and I love Powell's!
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Robert Loy, December 27, 2009 (view all comments by Robert Loy)
A new book from Tom Robbins is always cause for celebration. I can honestly say that his works -- notably "Jitterbug Perfume" and "Still Life With Woodpecker" changed my way of thinking on a what-looks-like-permanent basis. So, that is why it pains me to say that "B is For Beer" did not do it for me. I applaud him for trying something different --- in this case a grown-up book for kids -- but kids are not Robbins's natural audience, and a lot of his trademark digressions -- usually the best parts of his books -- came off as kind of cutesy and therefore annoying. There were several clever turns of phrase, and if you know nothing of beer history or how the alcoholic elixir is created, you can learn a thing or two. Otherwise, you'd be better off rereading "Jitterbug."
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monkeymonkier, June 6, 2009 (view all comments by monkeymonkier)
Very cute. I am a huge Robbins fan, and found this book to be an interesting addition to his library. It really is a book you could imagine reading to your child, provided you enjoy reading books that include very underage drinking, "hi-de-ho" faeries, and underlying family dysfunction. Somehow, it all turns out great.
Mr. Robbins shows tenderness as always, if a little sentimentality. But, who said sentimentality was anything but sweet and endearing? A fine specimen, all together. I'm impressed.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061687273
Author:
Robbins, Tom
Publisher:
Ecco Press
Author:
by Tom Robbins
Author:
Hager, Jenna Bush
Author:
by Tom Robbins
Author:
Brunkus, Denise
Author:
Robbins, Tom
Author:
Bush, Laura
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
School & Education
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from PreS to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
11 x 9 in 13.76 oz
Age Level:
from 4 to 8

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Product details 128 pages Ecco - English 9780061687273 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Bestselling author Robbins' first fiction in five years explores various aspects of suds culture — ancient, modern, sophomoric, and divine — and dramatizes the surprising things that happen when the life of a spunky kindergartner intersects with each.
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