Young Sam, clad (inexplicably, yet charmingly) in cowboy duds, already has a nice house with a big yard and lots of friends, but he feels nonetheless that something is missing. He mounts his trusty trike and heads for the big city in search of one thing: donuts, and not just a few, but "More than his mother and father could ever buy him."
His quest is rife with humor and adventure, not to mention a man in paisley suit and a woman named Pretzel Annie. Kids will adore the no-holds-barred kookiness displayed throughout (a street vendor selling fried oranges with optional mayonnaise; a "self-service" restaurant where the waiters look exactly like the customers), and adults will smile at the hippie-era moral that love is all you need. As the flap illustration warns, "This book is addictive," but this sugar habit need not be kicked. (Ages 5 to 10) --Brangien Davis
It will keep you entertained for hours.
I since bought my own copy while in college, and it has since been a book I give as a gift quite often - especially as birthday gifts for toddlers of family friends.
The artwork is what makes this book so fabulous - it's pen and ink drawings with incredible detail and humor.
I read this book to my kids back in the 80's and I wanted to get a couple copies for the grandkids. i don't know if they will like it since kids these days are so very different... Read morePublished 3 months ago by nancyinabq
This is a quirky children's book that was, happily, put back into circulation after not being published for some years. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Susan Maren
Always loved this book when my kids were little. Now I give it out for birthday presents. Talks about the importance of relationships.Published 5 months ago by alice notis
They don't make books like this so much anymore. Really fun to look at, and a warm embrace of city life in all it's mess.Published 6 months ago by M Wodkowski
The problem with the kindle edition of this book (and I suspect, many picture books), is that the pictures cannot be zoomed. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jonathan Moulton
I really do love this book but DO NOT buy the KINDLE VERSION. Awful! I am so disappointed. I thought it would be brilliant to get it in digital format to be able to zoom in and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by miss.sarah
This book's illustrations look like something that R. Crumb might have drawn, which is fine for an adult into Zap Comix but slightly disturbing for a 4-year-old child. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Valaberg
readers look for little messages in the pictures, non readers are laugh at the silly surprises in the pictures. very memorable for yearsPublished 13 months ago by J. Cooper
This is ostensibly a children's book, and children will certainly enjoy it. More importantly, however, is that adults can read Who Needs Donuts? Read morePublished 13 months ago by Melissa Hunter-Kilmer