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!
My students and I loved this book! It was full of opportunities to learn about story structure, describing characters, settings, problems, and conversation and comments/asides on each beautifully illustrated page. It was a big hit for all students ages 6 and up!
my children checked this book out at the local library - thinking of dear old mom who LOVED donuts...when i was reading it to them the humor was apparent, but the irony of the direction the story was taking did not hit me until the moment that Arnie realizes his purpose in life. i was laughing so hard that i was afraid to turn the page because i KNEW what was going to happen to him...my children were so tickled, fits of laughter broke out and we weren't even 1/3 through the book...which should have been a clue that it would end different than i suspected. it made me laugh so hard, i brought the book to my "corporate america" job the next day to share a good laugh with co-workers. Arnie was our new hero. Thank you for the great read and a very well needed DEEP laugh!
I'm an elementary school librarian and my Laurie Keller books never make it back to the shelf. As soon as one is brought back, it's checked out by another student to be enjoyed. Keller takes subjects, and concepts, and makes them fun to learn. Kids learn without being "taught". Even though Arnie the Donut's subject of problem solving is a bit more abstract than learning the location, and names, of the fifty states. Kids get a kick out of Keller's very original approach, and goofy take, something that most of us never even give a second thought-eating a delicious donut. To add to the fun, we are treated to Keller's bold and somewhat child-like illustrations. All the while, kids delight in Keller's wit. It's fun, and reading, at it's best.
This is a hilarious book. Good for read-aloud to little ones and great for reading one on one with an individual child. The text is hilarious and the author includes many little asides on the page that you can read when reading to one or two children. I read it to a whole room full of little children and they loved it.