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The Donut Chef (A Golden Classic) Hardcover – September 9, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: A Golden Classic
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Books (September 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375844031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375844034
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3—This cautionary tale tells of a baker who almost loses track of his true calling while trying to outwit and outdo a competitor. The donut chef is proud of his newly opened store, and his success becomes so great that another man decides to open his own establishment, vowing, "Your shop is through.../When my store opens next to you!" The feud soon becomes fierce, with each owner creating confections in bizarre flavors like "Peanut-Brickle Buttermilk,/And Gooey Cocoa-Mocha Silk," and in even stranger shapes. But sometimes competition can destroy, too, as the sweets soon lose "their taste. They'd lost their soul./They'd even lost their donut hole!" It takes little Debbie Sue and her request for a simple glazed donut to bring the chef to his senses. Soon other customers are clamoring for the same thing, and, now enlightened, the baker goes back to basics. The entire book has a retro tone, from its lengthy rhyming text to its Art Deco-style illustrations, which are updated with more modern-looking graphic shapes and a multicolored palette. The pictures are slightly reminiscent of Dan Yaccarino's work, but with much sharper, more clearly defined lines. Aside from a jarring mistake when a shop "selling round the clock" becomes one whose doors close "at six," the story's lively rhythmic text and colorful artwork should make it a good pick for storytime.—Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY
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Review, Cookie Magazine, September 2008:
"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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on September 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Follow the story of the donut chef, as he selects the perfect corner to create his store and builds up his clientele -- until that dastardly competition moves in next door and chaos ensues.

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
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A rollicking rhyme enlivens the beat of THE DONUT CHEF, telling of a baker who opens a business on a small street and watches the lines form for his famous donuts - until the competition arrives and a 'battle of the bakers' erupts. In an effort to out-do each other the donuts become stranger and stranger - but two-year-old Debbie doesn't want anything memorable, all she wants is a plain glazed donut. Can her needs change a baker's path? A fine story of competition and unique fare evolves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Ross on March 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I checked this book out of the library for my 3-year old daughter. She instantly took to it so I bought a copy for her to have. The story reads very easily and the colorful and imaginative donut illustrations captured her attention. And I love the moral of the story . . . that simple is often times better. A great, highly recommended book for preschoolers!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 20, 2011
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This beautiful, humorous, fun book was an instant hit in our house. It is one of those book, that both me and my kids agree that are simply great. They cannot get enough of it,
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Penelope on January 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My daughter (almost 3 years) loves donuts. She could say the word "donut" before she could say her own name. You can imagine her excitement when I brought home a book about donuts. Yum! This book is another winner. It has all the ingredients which makes for a great book: a good story, a fast pace, a bit of chaos and near the end a big scream "but I want... glazed!"

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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michfsu on January 4, 2013
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First found this book at the library and my son, Max LOVED the story! So, I bought him his own hard copy for Christmas. It's a great lesson for kids too with a fun story about donuts!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill W on April 24, 2012
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This is by far one of our favorite books! I have 2.5-year-old twins, and it's on constant rotation. The story is fun and the illustrations are great - always seeing something new! I've become a huge Bob Staake fan because of this book. Only downfall...it makes me want to eat a donut!
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which is a bonus! I really love it when kid's books are a clever read for me as well. Just shows general creativity/wit on the part of the author PLUS means there is room for the little ones to 'grow into' a bigger level of the book. Cute, clever, well-priced, great illustrations. I'd recommend this for sure ALONG WITH the MONKEY WITH A TOOL BELT series by Chris Monroe which is the BEST!
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