Bowling Alley Bandit (Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut #1) (Hardcover)

By Laurie Keller, Laurie Keller (Illustrator)

Henry Holt & Company, 9780805090765, 128pp.

Publication Date: June 4, 2013

List Price: 13.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


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

About the Author

Laurie Keller is the acclaimed author-illustrator of Do Unto Otters, Arnie, the Doughnut, The Scrambled States of America, and Open Wide: Tooth School Inside, among numerous others. She earned a BFA at Kendall College of Art and Design, then worked at Hallmark as a greeting card illustrator before turning to children's books. She lives in a little cottage in the woods on the shore of Lake Michigan.

Praise For Bowling Alley Bandit (Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut #1)

"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

Praise for Bowling Alley Bandit:

*"A yummy chapter-book series opener." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review


Praise for Arnie, the Doughnut

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 review

“Laurie Keller is a goofball. She’s a genius. She’s a goofball and a genius.” —The 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

“Good for a belly laugh.” —Newsday

“Arnie is one of the cleverest and funniest books I’ve seen in a long time.” —BookPage

“Packed 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