Culinary — 30 July 2014
A children’s book with a grownup twist.

By Hope S. Philbrick

When we launched Getaways for Grownups, if you’d told us that one day we’d review a children’s book, we’d have thought that you were nuts and just really did not get us at all.

Never say never.

Indeed. A is for apple, but it’s also for absinthe.

And G is for gin, T is for tequila…we trust you get the gist.

Author Lara Nixon and illustrator Casey Barber collaborated on A Is For Absinthe, a book that is unlike a typical bedtime story.

Their new book gives a simple, broad stroke, A to Z overview of spirited terms, ingredients, cocktail culture and legends.

The subject may be adults-only, but the presentation is aimed directly at youngsters.

We’ve read the book cover to cover (it takes mere moments), mulled it over and concluded there are at least three instances when this book would be appropriate reading to young children:

  • One or more of the child’s parents (or close friend) works in the cocktail industry; this story would help offer insights into what that grownup’s job entails.
  • The child is nearly asleep but begging for one more story; at that point, the book’s topic can appropriately entertain the adult more than the child.
  • The child is too young to understand English, but likes sitting on a grownup’s lap and look at pictures.

And there are at least three instances when this book would make a funny gift:

  • As a birthday gift for a friend who is turning 21, the legal drinking age in the U.S.
  • As a shower gift for a pregnant friend who tends to party more than a fair amount.
  • As a gift for the child of a bartender.

We trust every parent knows that children’s bedtime can indeed be happy hour. This book helps celebrate that fact. Cheers!

More Information…

A Is For Absinthe

Product samples afford the research opportunity but do not sway opinion.

HopeP_144Hope S. Philbrick is founder and editor-in-chief of Getaways for Grownups. She became a freelance writer and editor because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications nationwide. When not writing, she can usually be found on the road or savoring something tasty.

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