Arnie, the Doughnut
Publication Date: April 2003
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A deliciously imaginative story about friendship—from the author / illustrator of The Scrambled States of America.
Arnie was fascinated as he watched the customers stream into the bakery. One by one, doughnuts were chosen, placed in paper bags, and whisked away with their new owners. Some went by the dozen in giant boxes.
“Good-bye!” Arnie yelled to each doughnut. “Have a good trip!”
“This is so exciting!” Arnie beamed. “I wonder who will choose ME?”
At first glance, Arnie looks like an average doughnut—round, cakey, with a hole in the middle, iced and sprinkled. He was made by one of the best bakeries in town, and admittedly his sprinkles are candy-colored. Still, a doughnut is just a doughnut, right?
WRONG! Not if Arnie has anything to say about it. And, for a doughnut, he sure seems to have an awful lot to say. Can Arnie change the fate of all doughnuts—or at least have a hand in his own future? Well, you’ll just have to read this funny story and find out for yourself. Arnie, the Doughnut is a 2004 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Laurie Keller is the acclaimed author-illustrator of Do Unto Otters, The Scrambled States of America, and Open Wide: Tooth School Inside, among numerous others. She grew up in Muskegon, Michigan, and 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 as a greeting card illustrator for seven-and-a-half years, until one night she got an idea for a children’s book. She quit her job, moved to New York City, and soon had published her first book. She loved living in New York, but she has now returned to her home state, where she lives in a little cottage in the woods on the shore of Lake Michigan.
A Chicago Tribune precinct pick for the holidays
A New York Times Book Review "Notable Book"
A Publishers Weekly "Editor's Pick"
A Publishers Weekly "Best Children Books 2003"
A Publishers Weekly "Tastiest-and Most Well-Rounded-Title Character" Award
"Arnie takes destiny into his own hands with vastly entertaining results." --Publishers Weekly, starred
"Laurie Keller is a goofball. She's a genius. She's a goofball and a genius." --New York Times Book Review
"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
"[G]ood for a belly laugh." --Newsday
"Arnie is one of the cleverest and funniest books I've seen in a long time." --BookPage
"[P]acked with fun and sprinkled with so many illustrative and humorous asides." --Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN
"In picture books, usually only dogs are as funny as this. Keller doesn't miss a trick." --San Diego Union Tribune
"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
"Off-the-wall humor and zany artwork" --Seattle Post Intelligencer