Written and Illustrated by: Laurie Keller
Published by: Henry Holt and Company 2003
This adorable and wickedly funny book is the story of Arnie, a freshly made doughnut, who naively believes he has been purchased to be Mr. Bing's new best friend. He only comes to the cruel realization that he is a delightful treat when he is mere inches from Mr. Bing's wide open mouth.
Arnie has a freak out and demands to use the telephone. He calls the bakery to warn the other doughnuts that they are all going to be eaten and is met with disbelief when they tell him they already know and they are actually HAPPY about it.
Arnie and Mr. Bing make an agreement. Mr. Bing will not eat him but he needs to prove useful so that Mr. Bing's money is not wasted. Both make a long list of possible uses for Arnie but soon realize that Arnie is a doughnut and only a doughnut. They bid adieu and Arnie tearfully leaves. But something makes Mr. Bing rethink his postion and he decides that perhaps, Arnie could be his friend...THE END.
The humor in this book shines through the illustrations by Ms. Keller. Little quips and sidebars add to the fun reading and kidlets can join in as they too think of ideas for what else Arnie could do. Other books by Laurie Keller can be found here.
More donutty fun:
*the history of donuts
*cool memory game*make your own clay donuts
*tiny edible donuts
*toy donut maker
*plush donuts from my paper crane
*organic vegan donuts