B Is for Beer

B Is for Beer

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061687273
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/21/2009
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 273,984
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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.


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. 48 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.
Cecilturtle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm usually a big fan of Tom Robbins, but this was a disappointment. There was the colorful language, the vivid imagery, the happy mockery, but this mix of fairytale and beer simply did not have the same pizazz and wit I've come to expect. A moral tale is Robbins' specialty but this one lacked subtlety.
kqueue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I stopped reading Tom Robbins for the story years ago, but still love to read him for the pure delight of his prose and B is for Beer doesn't disappoint. The story is simple - young Gracie gains a fascination from her nutty Uncle Moe about beer and the Beer Fairy visits to teach her more about it. The writing is the ultimate delight. Robbins is the all time master of the metaphor and supreme simile writer. I found myself smiling at phrase after phrase "a silk dress as red as a terrorism alert" "Each drizzly day limped into the next as if a falling can of Sapporo had broken the day's sunset toe and torn it's sunrise tendon". Read this book for the joy of the language, and you just might learn a few facts about beer in the process.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wonder if I've outgrown Tom Robbins? I haven't read one of his books in years, and I never enjoyed one of his books as much as I enjoyed my first, Still Life with Woodpecker.BUt while there were some beautiful lines occasionally, for the most part I thought this entire book was silly and contrived. I don't see a child enjoying it, it is too snide. And Gracie was far too annoying for me to enjoy her, there was very little child-like about her. Over all this was a disappointment, and I'd only weakly recommend it it to die-hard fans of the author.
jwcs81 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"B is for Beer" is a whimsical story about a six year old girl named Gracie Perkel and her first encounters with beer. A less then savory home life sets the backdrop for her interactions with her uncle Moe the Philosopher (who first teaches her about beer, in the highest esteem), an angry sunday school teacher (who ridicules her for merely mentioning the stuff), and the beer fairy (who teaches little Gracie the "truth" about beer).
ironicqueery on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
B is for Beer is basically Tom Robbins Lite. While there are hints and traces of the writing that makes Robbins such a wonderful writer, the high-minded philosophical thoughts are toned down. Nevertheless, what's left is still a highly amusing and entertaining story that does encourage the reader to look at the world with a skeptical eye. In fact, Robbins seems to have packed in an extra dose of political messages criticizing the ever-scary conservatives found in the United States. The topic of the book and the intended audience - beer and kids - seems to be an obvious attempt at shocking people. Robbins admits as much at the end credits, noting that others thought he wouldn't "bloody dare". Robbins makes the book work - neither being outlandishly scandalous, nor pandering to more conservative readers. B is for Beer is a nice change of pace for Robbins, but his fully adult fiction is so wonderful, it would be a shame for him to become too enamored of writing young adult fiction. This book is certainly a good read, but it doesn't take the place of a normal Robbins novel.
Lisahgolden on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun, quick read from Tom Robbins. I enjoyed his book "Still Life with Woodpecker" too.
ShanLizLuv on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tom Robbins never disappoints.
ct.bergeron on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute book. It aptly says on the cover: "grown up book for children and Children book for grown up", it is quite an accurate description. It follows the story of Gracie Perkel 5 years old, nearly 6, who becomes curious about beer. She eventually experiment and ends up meeting the beer fairy, who will teach her, how beer is made, why grown-up drink beer, what beer does to you etc...
ocgreg34 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"B Is for Beer" tells the tale of one Gracie Perkel, an inquisitive 5-year-old, as she attempts to find out what that funny yellow stuff is that her Dad always drinks. Her Mother pooh-poohs away the question. Her father would rather watch the football game. But her Uncle Moe, delighting in her questions, decides that he will tell her everything she needs to know about the foamy yellow elixir known as beer. He secretly lets her take a swig from his can, then promises that for her birthday -- only a few days away -- he's going to take her to the Redhook Brewery to see for herself how beer is made.Her excitement over the next few days turns into disappointment when Uncle Moe has to cancel the trip. Terribly upset, she goes on a bender, making herself sick, and unexpectedly bringing her to the attention of a very special and magical intruder who plans on showing young Gracie just what all the fuss surrounding beer is about."B Is for Beer" is a charming and funny cautionary tale about all that is good and bad about that wondrous alcoholic beverage beer. Yes, it does seem odd to tell this kind of story with the main character being a 5-year-old girl. But think about it: a child learns by imitating and asking questions, especially of their parents. Gracie sees her father drinking beer, sees how it affects him, and is naturally curious. What Tom Robbins manages to do is to mix the childlike inquisitiveness with an adult viewpoint, crafting a very enjoyable story, and sneaking in a bit of educational subtext. The story doesn't say Beer is Good or Beer is Bad, but presents scenes to highlight both viewpoints and to allow the reader -- or the young Gracie -- to form his or her own opinion.I definitely recommend this to beer lovers and abstainers alike. A very fun read.
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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