B Is for Beer
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 con...more
You know a book is really bad when it's only 125 pages long and you can't even get halfway through it.
I gave this one a whirl just to see what ol' Tom Robbins had been doing this past couple of years. Now I know. D is for Drinking too much beer. And it's also for Dead brain cells, of which you will need a lot if you hope to enjoy this pile of Dung.
His story's tagline accurately describes it: "A Children's Book for Grown-ups" or "A Grown-up Book for Children".
Gracie Perkel is 5 going on 6. She wonders about the beer her father seems to consume incessantly. Like most children, she is perceptive enough and smart enough to realize things are tense in her home. Her parents don't really get along and her father makes many unkept promises. Unfortunately, no one acknowledges her concerns in an intelligent mann...more
"He's wrong, isn't he? Because almost every child between the ages of, say, three and twelve...more
B is for Beer will not disappoint if you are a Tom Robbins lover like myself. It's fanciful and still tongue-in-cheek. It's straight forward and yet hidden. Oh, and it's absolutely almost as contradictory as those two descriptors were.
The book opens with: Have you ever wondered why your daddy likes beer so much?
There are some great quotes here. Some of my favorites:
"You know what the game of golf is, don't you? It's basketball for people who can't jump and chess for people who can't think."
"Every time a person goes to the mall, she loses a little piece of her soul."
There's a warning from the Beer Fairy to Gracie:
"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, internationally 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 th...more
Her uncle Moe ends up leaving for a lady he fell in love with for Costa Rica, and Gracie goes to the fridge and chugs a beer since she is so sad. She ends up...more
(several days later; actually finished it the next day, but I get a bit distracted) Quick, funny but deep read, all about, yup, BEER! All told through the eyes of a 5 - then - six-year-old girl Gracie Perkel. Her introduction to this quaff amidst the rather dysfunctional family (of which her Uncle Moe becomes the hero of the piece, although I shan't give away just how; too much fun to discover it for yourself). Well, a fairy from "the other side of the...more
B is for But... but....
It was a little too off balance for me. It reads like an encyclopedia at times (beer history, making, etc.), oozes dread and pessimism di...more
Robbins has a lot of fun with the story, and readers are expected to have fun too. There are some familiar Robbins shticks, but the book goes slowly at points.
If you don't know much about beer and how it is made, and you have a sense of whimsy, this is a dec...more
[It must have been in the mid-80s (the decade, not degrees Fahrenheit) when someone at work suggested that I might like to read Tom Robbins’s ‘Jitterbug Perfume’. Wow. Were they ever right. I’ve been a fan ever since. To date, I’ve read all nine of Tom’s other novels listed on goodreads.com; and rated eight of them as 5-star, and one as 4-star, reads. Any wonder why I jumped on ‘B is for Beer’ as my second nookEread? Can he still turn a phantasmagorical-phrase like he could t...more
It's advertised as an adult book for kids and a kids book for adults. In reality, it was more of book that's somewhere in the middle and not really great for everyone. The story isn't horrible, but I didn't really enjoy reading it. I also wouldn't really be comfortable reading it to my daughter. Maybe there's some age in the m...more
I've had this book in my possession for three weeks and I have just finally read it.
I don't get it.
This is a snarkless yawn about how beer is made. Now, prior to reading this, I didn't know how beer was made. And quite frankly, I still don't because this was a very brief tutorial at best.
One of my fave lines from Robbins was from (I believe) Villa Incognito where he...more
but honestly, this book was simply 'okay'. i wouldnt recommend it to anyone except the most die hard of robbins fans OR people who already think beer is awesome OR people who hate beer. maybe this encompasses everyone already....
the obvious, overused formula he uses time and time again use to not be a problem with me. and here, it does. i wish i co...more
Also, the spacing
of the prose
reminds me of term papers
which needed to be exactly 40 pages long.
It is worth reading for the joyful, playful, ebullient goofi...more
B Is for Beer is silly, fun, and sometimes educational. It is not Skinny Legs and All (by a long stretch!). But Robbins will tell you (again!) about the history of the can and allude to the secret lives of inanimate objects. And as always, his metaphors leave me in awe and make me terri...more
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This review is from: B Is for Beer (Hardcover)
My wife got this for our son, who is in the business, and like her, is a Tom Robbins fan. She was laughing her, you know what off, and said I should read it, glad I did. This is a short, fun, quick, whimsical look, at how beer is made, or beer making 101 for dummies. It is a riot, tongue in cheek story, that will have you rolling with Tom's wonderful descriptions and s...more