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Bowling Alley Bandit: The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut (The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut, 1) Paperback – May 5, 2015
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As Mr. Bing's new pet "doughnut dog," Arnie couldn't be happier. When Mr. Bing joins a bowling league, Arnie gets to go along to practices and competitions. But then Mr. Bing starts rolling gutter balls. Someone or something is behind the madness. Arnie, together with his team of goofball friends, must sort through the shenanigans and solve the mystery. Get ready for some sleuthing and even some magic.
Full of Laurie Keller's winning charm and silly humor, this chapter book―the first in the series―is sure to please her many fans. This title has Common Core connections.
Bowling Alley Bandit is a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013
“Arnie the doughnut returns in a "who-donut" chapter book that will appeal to fans of Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" (Scholastic) and Lincoln Peirce's "Big Nate" (HarperCollins) series.” ―School Library Journal, starred review
“* A yummy chapter-book series opener.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Arnie takes destiny into his own hands with vastly entertaining results.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review on Arnie, the Doughnut
“Laurie Keller is a goofball. She's a genius. She's a goofball and a genius.” ―The New York Times Book Review on Arnie, the Doughnut
“Keller gives ‘pet food' a new meaning in this savory outing. . . . So deliciously silly is this confection that few readers will pass up second helpings.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Arnie, the Doughnut
“Good for a belly laugh.” ―Newsday on Arnie, the Doughnut
“Arnie is one of the cleverest and funniest books I've seen in a long time.” ―BookPage on Arnie, the Doughnut
“Packed with fun and sprinkled with so many illustrative and humorous asides.” ―Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN on Arnie, the Doughnut
“In picture books, usually only dogs are as funny as this. Keller doesn't miss a trick.” ―San Diego Union Tribune on Arnie, the Doughnut
“Keller's riotous collages . . . which are filled with gleeful puns, winning characters, and over-the-top silliness, are as manic and fun as a sugar high.” ―Booklist on Arnie, the Doughnut
“Off-the-wall humor and zany artwork.” ―Seattle Post Intelligencer on Arnie, the Doughnut
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.
- Publisher : Square Fish; Reprint edition (May 5, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250072492
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250072498
- Reading age : 5 - 8 years, from customers
- Lexile measure : 690L
- Grade level : 2 - 3
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.98 x 0.39 x 7.97 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #97,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a fantastic choice for reluctant readers--kids who don't read picture books anymore but aren't ready to move onto novels. I remember as a child not wanting to give up illustrations when reading longer books and I wish this would have been available then.
The mystery is fun but not too complicated and not too predictable. Kids will be able to guess the outcome and feel like a sleuth themselves. My kids (aged 6 and 10) both enjoyed this book, although it was a little too long for my 6-year-old to read herself. That's OK, it was a pleasure for mom to read to her! We can't wait for the next installment of Arnie and his 135 sprinkles. A great new chapter book series, certain to become a favorite among boys and girls alike.