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Who Needs Donuts? Hardcover – September 23, 2003
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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
From the Inside Flap
This is a reissue of Mark Alan Stamaty's masterpiece of the absurd, first published 30 years ago and out of print nearly as long. With an illustration style that mixes a benign Hieronymus Bosch with an urban "Where's Waldo?, Stamaty's off-the-wall humor is on target for little kids and big kids today.
Top Customer Reviews
I was reading through it just now and found yet another very funny thing I don't remember seeing before (and burst out laughing) even though I've spent many hours looking at this book since I was a kid.
Unbelievably and beautifully detailed, with a vibe and feel all its own, Sam's world seems visually chaotic to us, the reader, yet Sams seems to fit right in as simply as can be. The story teaches against materialism and its pitfalls without being preachy or obvious, which made an impression on me at an early age.
This book is for adults as much as it is for children. My whole family competed for viewing time when I first bought it (at age nine) back in 1974. Now I get to share it with my daughters who seem to enjoy it as much as I have.
Now that Mark has gotten it reprinted, I have already purchased four new hardbound copies to add to my tattered perfectbound original, partly for friends, but also to just stick away somewhere should the book go mindlessly out of print again -- it took me forever to find my old copy buried in boxes.
Thanks, Mark, for a delightful romp through a world full of horsebirds, stupid puns, witty social commentary, every kind of human charicature, and the absurdity of animals and inanimate objects with attached thought and speech bubbles. We need to come up with a website where people can list the minutiae found on those carefully crafted pages.
This is easily my favorite book of all time. Please, Mark, make a sequel.
Deserves more than 5 stars.
The story itself is also silly but sweet, and speaks to little kid desires and fantasies and what would happen if a kid got to live those little kid dreams (the look on Sam's face when he is crazed with donuts is priceless). It's also about helping people and the importance of relationships. There's a lot going on in this little book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Buy this book for any kid you know. My 4 kids loved it. And we loved reading it to them. A CLASSIC NOT YET A CLASSIC - BUT SHOULD BE. Illustrations are unforgettable.Published 24 days ago by Susan Pildes
I am Japanese-American, who will be 43 in 2016 (to give you an idea as to where, when, and how I grew up). I remember reading this as a kid. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kai R. Kubota
This is a great book! The story is a bit silly as many kids books are but the illustrations are amazing! My 2 year old loves it as much as I do.Published 5 months ago by J. Terry
No doubt, great artwork! Loved looking at all the hidden treasures. But, just plain creepy story... and some creepy artwork, too. Read morePublished 5 months ago by noydb
This classic book conveys a worthwhile message in a delightfully absurd story. I purchased this book for my daughter's 3rd birthday and she is a little young for it, so I'll set it... Read morePublished 7 months ago by iBeth
The artwork gets a 5/5 for sure. The pictures are amazing. My little boy said they probably took a whole week to draw *lol* I was expecting a bit more with the story and didn't... Read morePublished 8 months ago by N. H.
So the artwork in this book is simply marvelous as everyone can attest to. I just have a problem with the actual story. Read morePublished 8 months ago by friday
I got my first copy of this when it came out, in '73. I'd already cut my teeth on Will Elder drawings in Mad Magazine paperbacks, and I was enthralled with the psychedelic vision... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jeddy 3