All Four Stars

All Four Stars

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Sixth grade foodie Gladys Gatsby is mistakenly contacted to write a restaurant review for one of the largest newspapers in the world.
Publisher: New York :, G. P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA),, [2014].
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780399162527
Characteristics: 273 pages ;,22 cm.
Alternative Title: All 4 stars.


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Jan 10, 2019

A 2016-2017 Missouri Mark Twain Readers Award nominee.

In All Four Stars, Gladys is a sixth grade aspiring chef/food writer, but when things get a little out of hand in the kitchen, her parents ground her from all things cooking-related (except eating of course). Can she pay them back and convince them to let her back in the kitchen?

All Four Stars is adorable! It is unrealistic. The parents are a little out of top. But in the end that didn't really bother me.

LPL_LaurenT Jul 13, 2018

As a closeted foodie, I absolutely loved this book. Gladys Gatsby loves food and baking. The only catch? Her parents are fast-food junkies! When she gets caught cooking and banned from her favorite past-time, Gladys goes to great lengths to pursue her dream of becoming a restaurant critic. Thoroughly entertaining with a touch of the surreal, Dairman's writing rings of Roald Dahl with a splash of Ruth Reichl, restaurant critic and food writer. It's too delicious to put down. Do not read this book when hungry!

Jun 27, 2018

My eleven year old daughter loved this book! Jara Dairman is such a fun author with a lot of twists and turns!

Mar 23, 2017

Gladys Gatsby is my favorite foodie. She knows her way around the kitchen for sure and the book starts out with a bang. The circumstances that lead her to writing her first restaurant review are amazing, but not unbelievable. How long will she be able to keep doing freelance reviews as G. Gatsby and fly under the radar? We will see as the series continues. This book gets "all five stars" from me.

PimaLib_SamR Jan 09, 2017

This book had me laughing out loud from the first sentence.
Eleven-year-old Gladys, an only child with a sophisticated palate and culinary talents, has parents with a plebeian taste for fast food, who wish she were more like other kids her age. In a comic turn of events, Gladys gets a chance at working in her dream profession: Restaurant critic. Her efforts to visit the upscale "dessert bistro" Classy Cakes, in order to sample its offerings, is fraught with obstacles. Banned from using the family kitchen, her last ditch attempt to gain admittance to the bistro involves seducing the taste buds of her rich, popular classmate Charissa.
Filled with comic escapades, friendship and some sympathetic adults, this children's novel is a must read for adults and kids alike.

Dec 07, 2016

All Gladys wants to do is to cook and write about what she cooks. This is her passion. Why else would she review every single meal she’s had for the last two years? But it’s hard to find a meal worth reviewing when you live in East Dumpsford and all the restaurants are cheap, greasy, and disgusting. Not to mention that your parents don’t follow a recipe and microwave all their meals! With help from her friend and neighbor, Sandy, Gladys works on a plan that might help her realize her dream- of becoming a restaurant critic for The New York Standard Times.

This book was a very fun read. I liked Gladys’s journal entries because she describes the gross food that she eats with humor that I thoroughly enjoyed. I also loved reading about the adults in this book that supported Gladys to follow her dreams. Even though this is a tiny detail, the page decorations added a nice touch. I would give this book all four stars!

PimaLib_MaryG May 06, 2015

Gladys is a budding young gourmet who is plagued with parents that only eat fast food. She can only cook when they are away and dreams of writing reviews for a big-city newspaper.

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May 24, 2016

Violet_Frog_31 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 15


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