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The Donut Chef (A Golden Classic) Hardcover – September 9, 2008
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"The pro-simplicity parable is told via a funny, funky art style."
Review, The Wall Street Journal, September 20-21, 2008:
"Some books are meant to be tasted. . . and The Donut Chef appears to be one of them. Mr Staake's work is . . . visually delicious."
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, October 27, 2008:
"Everywhere readers look, there are delectable surprises."
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I usually avoid picture books in rhyme, as it's rare to find one that's done well. I can honestly say that this one works.
The text is strong and fun and the story itself engaging. The illustrations, with their geometric shapes, monochromatic colors, and varying textures, are sure to keep the attention of kids.
A perfect bedtime story with lots of re-reading potential!
Reviewed by: Julie M. Prince
The story is vibrant and fun - A doughnut chef opens up a doughnut store, and after his success, another doughnut chef opens a store next door!
The two stores compete for costumers and in their rivalry, the chefs try to rise above each other in creativity:
"They made new flavors, quite bizarre
like cherry frosted lemon bars
and peanut brickle buttermilk
and gooey cocoa mocha silk!"
How does it all end? You'll have to read and find out.
What sets this book apart from others, in my view, are the REMARKABLE, nothing short of brilliant, illustrations. The illustrator, Bob Stakke, has a very unique graphic style, creating many characters, all of them funny and interesting out of simple graphic shapes such as circle, triangle and rectangles.
Each page is vibrating with color, with fresh and exciting composition, really - a feast for the eyes. My kids spent long hours just revisiting the drawings, every time finding out something new and funny. I simply adore this book, and I am happy to read it again for the gazillion time. Though the story itself might appeal to 3yrs old and older, the beautiful and vivid illustration of doughnuts, frosting and other delicious things will appeal to even a 2 yrs old. This will make a wonderful gift for a kid you like, especially if this kid is yours and you will be the one reading it over and over again.
My daughter enjoyed this book so much, that the very next day she had to take it to school to share it with friends. The kids and I sat together at the table, and talked about donuts. And yes, they all like glazed donuts as well!
Great book for both toddlers/kids and parents!
I truly didn't think anyone was doing this style of illustration anymore and am thrilled to see I was wrong! The effect is like Dr. Seuss had a collision with a box of Colorforms. The little girl "Debbie Sue" who finally shows Mr. Donut Chef the error of his ways reminded me a lot of "Cindy Lou Who". It made me nostalgic, although the story is very modern. If only he'd made it "The Cupcake Chef" it would have been very contemporary indeed - but donuts get the point across just as well, and promote the beautiful use of circles, circles everywhere.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Super fun and adorable book that any child would enjoy. I'd highly recommend this if your kiddos love fun and catchy booksPublished 1 month ago by Jenni W
We read my children 3 books at nap and 3 at bed time each day, so I really appreciate well written children's books, and this book is one of my our favorites. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rusty T.
Adorable book! My mom's class of 2nd graders loved when it when I read it to them on National Donut Day!Published 8 months ago by Alissa Petsche
Cute book, she loves it especially because Sunday is donut day at our house!Published 9 months ago by Deanna
Love this author and my toddler loves the rhyming and whimsical picturesPublished 10 months ago by Amy B.
Kids and adults alike will enjoy Bob Staake's incredible images alongside a great storyPublished 11 months ago by Ladybird gem