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Gr 2-4-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. Iced with chocolate and covered with sprinkles, the "doughnut dog" catches readers up-to-date since he debuted in his own picture book, Arnie the Doughnut (Holt, 2003). The first chapter recaps how he became a doughnut dog and beloved friend to Mr. Bing, who instead of eating Arnie decides to adopt him as his pet. Readers then follow adventures that occur during Arnie's favorite Tuesday-night outings to the bowling alley with Mr. Bing and his buddies. Comic-style drawings fill the pages, providing abundant humor and tons of spoofy comedy for reluctant readers. Children will stay engaged as Arnie and friends try to discover why Mr. Bing keeps throwing gutter balls during the tournament when he usually is a high-scoring bowler. Does the opposing team, the Yada-Yadas, have something to do with it? With zany, quirky characters (talking pizza, break-dancing bowling pins, animated shoes) and a fast-paced, silly story line, the book will have readers looking for Arnie and Mr. Bing's next adventure.-Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MIα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In the newest adventure in this series, best friends Mr. Bing and Arnie the doughnut are part of a Tuesday night bowling league. Arnie cannot bowl (and he provides the reasons why), but he does sing karaoke and has a delightful time entertaining the crowds with old favorites: “Livin’ la vi-DOUGH loca” and “Fried in the U.S.A.” Arnie is determined to help his friend win a tournament, but first he must unravel the mystery of why Mr. Bing keeps rolling gutter balls despite the fact that his favorite ball has been enhanced by lucky pink sprinkles. Several hilarious tangents keep this main conflict from being resolved too soon. Puns, sophisticated linguistic humor, and cameo appearances by Albert Einstein and other notable figures, such as Peezo the slice of pizza and an erudite French cruller make this a lively, intelligent, and highly entertaining read for young students and anyone with a sense of humor. Grades 2-4. --Amina Chaudhri
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1 edition (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805090762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805090765
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.6 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurie Keller is a children's book author and illustrator of 8 books including The Scrambled States of America, Arnie the Doughnut and Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners which was Amazon.com's #1 Editors' Pick on their Best Books of 2007 List. Her latest book is the first in an early chapter book series, The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut: Bowling Alley Bandit. When Laurie isn't busy making books or traveling, she enjoys spending time outdoors at her Michigan home, hiking in the woods, playing banjo, cross-country skiing or splashing in Lake Michigan. You can find out more about Laurie at her website, www.lauriekeller.com (see attached diagram to learn how to draw Arnie the Doughnut!).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reader9 on January 20, 2014
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My five-year-old grandson laughs through each page of this crazy book. He also tells his friends about it in great detail and has taken it to Jr. Kindergarten to share with friends there. It is full of little kid humor.
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Fresh out of the baker and into Mr. Bing's life comes Arnie the Doughnut how is half of the time a regular doughnut and the other half just a chocolate covered sprinkle doughnut.
This time we follow Arnie the Doughnut in his life at the bowlling alley where he goes from karaoke enthusiast to crime solving doughnut. Follow Arnie as she show's us why he loves the bowling alley so much and how he tries to keep it a safe place.

If you like to read books from the first book and then mover from there then you might want to check out the first Arnie the Doughnut book by Laurie Keeller, but if you don't mind I don't think it would be hard at all to feel up the holes in the story.
This story is more limited on the age range, I like middle grade books that both me and my little cousins can enjoy but this one is more for the little little ones and even if it was amusing to see a doughnut survive a bowling alley it was really obvious at times.
Little kids, in my opinion, will enjoy this story it is accompanied by good art work that makes the story more dynamic and I can imagine little kids having a blast during a little reading time accompanied by a great narrator.
The thing that made this book shine for me is that it doesn't paint Mr. Bing as an old man without energy, no Mr. Bing goes out for walks with Arnie, he bowls and enters tournaments. Mr. Bing is by no means the primary character yet I love the fact that he is in a children's story and that he breaks the old man mold.

Rating for adults: 3 stars
Rating for kids: 4 stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne M Celeste on May 11, 2014
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A must read for anyone who enjoys a book filled with fun. There are lots of little sidebars that enhance Armies adventures. A must but as a book....too difficult to read as a Kindle version. Try it, you'll lime it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Winterton on April 28, 2014
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I love Lourie Keller and every kid loves Arnie the Doughnut. I bought this for my granddaughter who is in second grade and she loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Butler on March 16, 2014
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Funny book . My 8 year old son enjoyed this. Funny and enjoyable illustrations but not much of a story for adults.
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My son just started 2nd grade and is an avid reader, so he's read pretty much every book series that fits in the "graphic novel" genre for kids. But my biggest complaint about Big Nate and the Wimpy Kid series is that the content can be a bit mature at times for younger readers (my son is only 7). So I was delighted to find Arnie the Doughnut at our library and bring it home for my son. He read it by himself first, and was laughing so hard that we ended up reading it together. What a fun, funny book! I can't wait to read more of his adventures.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Schroder on July 22, 2013
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I loved the picture book Arnie the doughnut and I really love the animated Arnie the Doughnut video. So it was only natural that I would love Arnie the chapter book. This book is fun and chock full of fun illustrations/drawings. I hope to see more of this transitional chapter book! These are perfect for 1-3 grade boys especially! Perfect for kids who think picture books are to babyish but aren't really ready to read full fledged chapter books.
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When this book first arrived I didn't think the boys would like it because it's not much on the illustrations, mostly black and white. My grandsons are 4 and 6 yrs old. They absolutely loved this book!! I would read to them about Arnie's adventures and they would roar with laughter. They even took the book home so their mom could read it to them before bed. We read this book over and over. I'll be purchasing more Laurie Kelier books!
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