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by Laurie Keller & illustrated by Laurie Keller

Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: April 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-8050-6283-1
Publisher: Henry Holt

Keller (Toys!, 2000, etc.) gives “pet food” a new meaning in this savory outing. Proud of his sprinkles and chocolate icing, Arnie the doughnut takes his place at the bakery counter, and watches his tray mates depart with customers until it’s finally his turn. His excitement at being taken out into the wide world in a paper bag changes to horror when he discovers that he’s about to be eaten; fortunately, he is spared that fate, as the gent who bought him suddenly has no appetite for a talking doughnut. But if Arnie’s not to be breakfast, then what? After rejecting several career alternatives (“ ‘You’d make a fine paperweight.’ ‘BORING.’ ‘How about an air freshener for my car?’ ‘How about not?’ ”), Arnie settles at last on becoming a doughnut-dog, and rolls on to a happily-ever-after as Man’s Best Friend. Strewn with text lines, onlooking pastries, snappy side comments, unusual road signs, and other details, the frenetic postmodern illustrations may require more than one run-through to absorb—but so deliciously silly is this confection, that few readers will pass up second helpings. A tasty chaser for Toby Speed’s Brave Potatoes (2000) or any version of the Gingerbread Man. (Picture book. 6-8)