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B Is for Beer by Tom Robbins
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Nov 07, 09

it was ok

** spoiler alert ** I read that Tom Robbins wrote this book on a dare because someone said it was impossible to write a children's book about beer. To which I say, there is a time to accept a dare and a time to pass. This should have been a time to pass. This is structured completely as a children's chapter book, with a 5 year old girl as the protagonist. It starts off as a very tongue-in-cheek story of a little girl's curiosity about the beer her daddy so enjoys. Soon though, the kid is chugging a can of beer, smashing her birthday cake, bouncing on the bed, upchucking, then going off on interworldly adventures with the beer fairy to learn all about the history of beer and how it is made. This part was interesting and at times funny. Robbins should have left it at the point where they return and the fairy makes her promise never to drink again until she is at least 18. Then it would have been a weird, but clever little fairy story with the requisite moral. Instead, it's like in the last 20 pages of the book he suddenly said "and now for something completely different!" and launched into some broken-marriage/struggling-single-mom/run-away-to-Costa-Rica-and-live-on-the-beach-with-Uncle-Moe hokum that left me asking WHAT?
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message 1: by Kle (new) - rated it 2 stars

Kle You hit the nail on the head.

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