All Four Stars

All Four Stars

Book - 2014
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Eleven-year-old Gladys Gatsby loves food and cooking, so when she lands an assignment to write a restaurant review for a New York City newspaper, she will do anything to make it happen, even risk the wrath of her fast-food loving parents.
Publisher: New York, NY : G. P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
ISBN: 9780399162527
Characteristics: 273 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: All 4 stars


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Eleven-year-old Gladys Gatsby leads a secret life as a food critic for a large New York City newspaper. She will do anything to keep her secret, including lying to her parents and friends.

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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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