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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.
- Grade level : Preschool - 2
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0375825509
- ISBN-13 : 978-0375825507
- Dimensions : 9.38 x 0.36 x 10.25 inches
- Reading level : 3 - 7 years
- Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (September 23, 2003)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #112,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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!
The drawing is dynamite, and the story is quite touching.
This book is chock full of details. Every page is filled with fun and silly drawings, and about a ba-jillion little images that tell stories within stories within stories. I remember I loved to search the pages for something I hadn't seen before, and then create new stories from my own imagination.
This book is about a happy boy that one day thinks he needs something else. He becomes obsessed with doughnuts and journeys to try to collect them all-- he can't get enough. In the process, he adventures away from home and all through the city.
There is plenty of ridiculousness and just plain loony stuff in this book, which makes it particularly fun and memorable. This is a perfect gift for a very creative or imaginitive child (or adult). "Who Needs Donuts?" is fun and entertaining, but also makes you feel happy with what you have in life.
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It is an odd book full of hand drawn pictures telling a story about a boy and doughnuts. There are so many small things to find in all the different pages of the these drawing and person could look for hours at the pages. This book is the equivalent of find Waldo on steroids
Have read it to my son a thousand times and he's still enchanted. The intricate drawings and quirky humour make it a real pleasure. A classic.