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.


About Tom Robbins

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Tom Robbins has been called "a vital natural resource" by The Oregonian, "one of the wildest and most entertaining novelists in the world" by the Financial Times of London, and "the most dangerous writer in the world today" by Fernanda Pivano of Italy's Corriere della Sera. A Southerner by birth, Robbins has lived in and around Seattle since 1962.
Published April 9, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 128 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels. Fiction

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B Is for Beer and for Book.

Jun 15 2009 | Read Full Review of B Is for Beer


Beer drinkers be forwarned, this book is a keeper for the young at heart and beer thirsty of throat.

Jun 05 2009 | Read Full Review of B Is for Beer


As the book explains on its cover, it's both a children's book for grown-ups and a grown-up book for children.

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Oregon Live

"B Is for Beer" is billed as "a children's book for grown-ups" and "a grown-up book for children," but you get the feeling that's just somebody (not Robbins) being safe.

May 15 2009 | Read Full Review of B Is for Beer

Review (Barnes & Noble)

Pete Brown, Britain's 2009 Beer Writer of the Year, takes readers on the highly engaging, amusing, and rollicking journey of the social history of worldwide beer consumption from the first brews of the Egyptians through the effect of two World Wars on the brewing industry up to the massive beer i...

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Serious Eats

Dive into the Sloop and you might catch a glimpse of a crew member from "Deadliest Catch."

May 14 2009 | Read Full Review of B Is for Beer


But clearly it is about beer, and since 36 billion gallons of the stuff is consumed each year worldwide (a tidbit you learn from the back cover), it’s likely the book will tempt you to pick it up.

Apr 30 2009 | Read Full Review of B Is for Beer

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