Pros & Cons / All Four Stars by Tara Dairman


Pros and ConsIf there is one thing that I think there can never be enough books on, it’s food. Whether the story features cherished family recipes, has characters in an intense baking competition, or as in Tara Dairman’s middle grade debut, highlights the passion of a young chef, food-centered novels always have me hungry for more {we all saw that pun coming :)}. Like the tasty treats this novel’s adorable protagonist whips up, All Four Stars is a demonstration of outstanding skill. My full review is below!

Per usual, here’s the book’s summary: Meet Gladys Gatsby: New York’s toughest restaurant critic. {Just don’t tell anyone that she’s in sixth grade.}

Gladys Gatsby has been cooking gourmet dishes since the age of seven, only her fast-food-loving parents have no idea! Now she’s eleven, and after a crème brûlée accident {just a small fire}, Gladys is cut off from the kitchen {and her allowance}. She’s devastated but soon finds just the right opportunity to pay her parents back when she’s mistakenly contacted to write a restaurant review for one of the largest newspapers in the world. But in order to meet her deadline and keep her dream job, Gladys must cook her way into the heart of her sixth-grade archenemy and sneak into New York City—all while keeping her identity a secret! Easy as pie, right? {Goodreads}

All Four Stars ReviewAround the Web: “This is classic middle grade, full of heart and humor. Gladys’ parents are disasters in the kitchen – yet Gladys has gourmet tastes” {read the rest of the review – and interview! – at Project Mayhem HERE}.

“Gladys’s humorous antics and her interactions with memorable characters at school add spice to the story, resulting in a fast-paced and enjoyable read” {read the rest of the review at Bookish Illuminations HERE}.

All Four Stars by Tara Dairman is a wonderful middle grade read that makes you fall for it’s voracious MC and also leaves your mouth-watering like no book I have read before” {read the rest of the review at Xpresso Reads HERE}.

Let’s discuss! Did you enjoy All Four Stars? Are there any food or cooking themed books you recommend? Meanwhile, I’m waiting anxiously for the sequel. Fortunately, my wait for the next Gladys adventure isn’t long – it hits shelves in May!

Have a lovely start to your week!

9 thoughts on “Pros & Cons / All Four Stars by Tara Dairman

  1. I love whimsical MG books like this one, so All Four Stars has been on my to-read list for a while. I find that with a lot of MG books, the suspension of disbelief in the reader is crucial, and I think that’s a lot easier for younger readers to do. Still, I love quirky middle grade books so much, that I think I can overlook the coincidental events in the book.


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