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5.0 out of 5 starsLove the adorable illustrations!
Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2018
Very entertaining! Arnie’s adventures will keep the whole family entertained. When Arnie is bought in the Doughnut Shop by Mr. Bing, he convinces Mr. Bing not to eat him. But what can a man do with a friendly doughnut? Together Arnie and Mr. Bing come up with a happy solution. Love the adorable illustrations!
What. What the. I don't. I don't even understand. This is. So weird. The art style reminds me of The Stinky Cheese Man, very stylized. What. I can't even.
Okay, so the story is there's a doughnut. The doughnut is intelligent and can talk. Apparently, all doughnuts are intelligent and can talk. Somebody buys him and tries to eat him, and he's like, What the--? Don't eat me! I don't want to be eaten! And then the man tells him that he eats doughnuts all the time, and the doughnut says, That's scary! I need to make sure all the other doughnuts at the bakery know. And then he calls the bakery and the baker's like, Yeah, that's what doughnuts are for. I'll make sure that it's okay with all the other doughnuts. And he asks the other doughnuts, and the other doughnuts say, Yeah! Sure! That sounds good! That's what we're for! We're delicious! And apparently this doughnut is the only doughnut that doesn't want to be eaten. The man clearly doesn't want to eat him, now, since he doesn't want to be eaten. But they can't figure out what to do with him. Eventually he decides to treat him like a dog and keep him as a pet.
I really don't. Wow. This is so surreal and strange. I don't even. I am almost at a loss for words. I don't think it would upset children. I don't think children would understand the implications of this. Maybe I'm just weird-- no. No. The book is definitely weird. It's not me. But I think it's one of those things you're not supposed to think about too much. It makes me think of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams, where they have bred a species of animal that enjoys being eaten. It's very strange.
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"Arnie turned out to be just the kind of doughnut he hoped he'd be - chocolate-covered with bright-colored candy sprinkles. He was made very early in the morning at the Downtown Bakery- "Home of the Best Doughnuts A-'Round'!" Arnie was proud to be one of the best. He knew that people all over town made special trips to his bakery to buy doughnuts of their very own..." So Arnie was especially proud when Mr Bing came into the shop and picked him. He was happy to go home with Mr Bing in a little bag on a soft napkin. Even happier to be placed on a "handsome plate." But when Mr Bing picked him up, and Arnie realized that he was about to be eaten..... The first half of Laurie Keller's manic romp is original...wild, wacky, and delightful, and filled with clever puns and engaging wordplay. Unfortunately, the second half of the story is a letdown, and feels forced. Ms Keller's tale becomes a bit too over-the-top and ridiculous, as pastry becomes pet, a doughnut-dog, doing tricks, protecting the house, and becoming man's best friend. The real strength of this picture book is the bold, bright, and busy illustrations, and each entertaining and exuberant spread will charm young and old alike with witty asides, dazzling color, and marvelous eye-catching details. Perfect for kids 4-8, Arnie The Doughnut is a bit of a disappointment, but worth a read just for the artwork. For really winning Laurie Keller selections, try The Scrambled States Of America and Open Wide: Tooth School Inside.