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Arnie, the Doughnut (The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut Book 1) by [Laurie Keller]

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Laurie Keller, creator of the wonderful picture books The Scrambled States of America and Open Wide: Tooth School Inside, cooks up a rather silly story about a doughnut who narrowly escapes his doughnut fate. Arnie is proud to be chocolate-covered, with bright-colored candy sprinkles. His first day on the planet is a big one. He is 1) cut into a ring 2) deep-fried 3) cooled 4) iced 5) sprinkled and 6) named Arnie. What he doesn't realize is that step 7 is being eaten by a human. So, when a customer, Mr. Bing, starts to put him in his mouth, he screams, "What are you doing?" Arnie is further crushed when he calls the bakery to warn the others only to discover that all the other pastries are "aware of this arrangement." Unfortunately, this delightful plot twist is soured by the contrived ones that follow. Mr. Bing decides that in order to get his money's worth from Arnie he can pretend the doughnut is the dog he's always wanted--a doughnut-dog that will roll over, play fetch, etc.: "He went through a short phase of chewing on the furniture and barking at the mailman, but after a crash course in obedience school he graduated first in his class." However half-baked the story turns out to be, the funny asides and captions that Keller sprinkles throughout the book are often brilliant and the busy, crazy paintings are lots of fun, too. (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Laurie Keller is the bestselling author-illustrator of many books for kids, including Do Unto Otters; Potato Pants!; The Scrambled States of America; the Geisel Award-winning We Are Growing!; and Arnie the Doughnut, as well as three books in the Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut chapter book series.

Growing up in Michigan, Laurie always loved to draw, paint and write stories. She earned a B.F.A. at Kendall College of Art and Design, then worked at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City as a greeting card illustrator for seven years. One night, the idea for a children’s book popped into her head and after showing the story to several publishers in New York City, she quit her job and moved there. The following year, that story idea was a published book―
The Scrambled States of America. Laurie loved living in NYC, but she returned to her home state, where she lives in the woods along the shores of Lake Michigan.

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00BGDCTLS
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 1, 2003
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 11513 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
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Laurie Keller is the author and illustrator of many books including The Scrambled States of America, Potato Pants!, Arnie the Doughnut, Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners (Amazons #1 Editors' Pick on their Best Books of 2007 List), The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut chapter book series, and We Are Growing!, part of the Elephant and Piggie Like Reading series and winner of the 2017 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. When Laurie isn't busy making books, she enjoys playing the banjo, traveling, cross-country skiing and splashing in Lake Michigan. You can find out more about Laurie at her website, www.lauriekeller.com (see attached diagram to learn how to draw Arnie the Doughnut!).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute!
Reviewed in the United States on May 17, 2020
Very cute book. I bought this book for a story box project for my education class. I designed five lessons off this book.
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Djilly L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Our doughnuts will never taste the same.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 28, 2021
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Djilly L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Our doughnuts will never taste the same.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 28, 2021
This softcover is our 7-year old son’s favourite book, he got it for bookweek. But he reads it twice a day now, it’s one of the first books he can read by himself in one go. Well, that is, he knows the text by heart now. It’s a great work of literature about the daily challenges in the life of a doughnut. I won't spoil the story, but parents can rest assured; it ends well. All quite relatable really, with appealing and very accurate illustrations. And it is good that the issues that doughnuts face are finally addressed and recognised. It is clear the author conducted a lot of research of source material.
I know the story by heart as well now, and I just wish our son would stop reading this aloud when waking up at 06:00 am.
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Hayley Gee
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 30, 2020
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Hayley Gee
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 30, 2020
I bought 2 books as a gift. They have both arrived together in an envelope which is clearly slightly too small, causing both the books to bend and for one to even be ripped. I can’t give these as a gift, they now look second hand! I am so disappointed!!!
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MOZTON
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 3, 2020
Mette
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice children book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 22, 2020
India Bellaviti
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 29, 2020
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