B Is for Beer

Tom Robbins, Author , illus. by Leslie Le Pere. Ecco $17.95 (125p) ISBN 978-0-06-168727-3

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. (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 02/23/2009
Release date: 05/01/2009
Genre: Fiction
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