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
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:
"When cons ...more
Tom Robbins has a quirk sense of humor and in a point or two in the beginning there are Woody Allen-esque influences. His use of language is really good,too (not exceptional,but really good).Plus,he is an excellent storyteller and could easily write children's stories.
A light,readable and funny book is what you need when it's 40 degrees out there. And -some kind of-magic.And accord ...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.
If you haven't already bought it, and even if you have, Powells is offering signed editions, and since it is unlikely Tom is going to tour f ...more
It continued to be a lot of fun and VERY much what I would expect from Tom Robbins, but I still am not sure if it is a book for kids. In particular, he expressed some of his philosophical points in terms that I THINK are not simple enough for kids in vocabulary and expression. But I am not very kid-savvy and would welcome input from those who are.
Tom’s creativity creates a book about beer for children and adults. When I started the book I thought he did a wonderful job using a pixie to describe how beer was made to a six-year-old girl named Gracie Perkel. The subject was an educational lesson about how beer was made. Even as an adult I was getting a lesson of history myself. I never knew that the making of beer started centuries ago in Egypt. Robbins also used humor throughout the story which made me ...more
"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
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
I'm told by fans of Robbins that I need to go read something else of his. Something with less be ...more
A sweet quick read, but a book with no depth, no real storyline and given it's randomness, just a bit weird. The supposed humour of the book doesn't even exist and Gracie is strangely the most advanced 6 year old I've ever heard of in my life.
If you're stuck in a waiting room with 30 mi ...more
Prior to reading this book I had never read anything written by him. After reading this book, I doubt I will read anything more written by him.
Funny? No. Amusing? Slightly.
A little girl who is intrigued by beer, accidentally gets drunk on the 6th birthday & pukes on her Hello Kitty rug.... In a drunker stupor she is visited by the Beer fairy who takes her on a tour of how beer is made, from the Barley fields to the brewery, to a Beer Festival.
Its marketed with the gimmicky idea of it being a children's book for adults based on the fact that its told from the POV of a 5/6 year old girl. and boy does it fail. At its best its uninspiring, at ...more