The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut: The Spinny Icky Showdown by Laurie Keller

    The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut: The Spinny Icky Showdown by Laurie Keller, Square Fish, 2017. 9781250114990

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre:  Humorous fiction

What did you like about the book? It doesn’t get any sillier than Arnie the doughnut and his friend Peezo, who is a slice of pizza. The two friends decide to enter an obstacle race called The Spinny Icky Showdown. All of the race’s rounds are silly challenges with names involving ick-words, such as the “chopstick nickel pick”, which contestants must complete wearing knickers. Then comes “blood- thirsty ticks,” and “rickety toothpick tightrope.” The characters are diverse – doughnut, pizza, police officer, cave man, and the diabolical Nick Pumpernickel, the friends’ nemesis, who is a pumped up loaf of pumpernickel bread. I know, you thought you’d seen it all. Along with the extreme high jinks, suspense and word play, Keller incorporates entertaining definitions of words that may stump young readers.

To whom would you recommend this book?  For readers who like the extreme laffs of Captain Underpants and Big Nate, here is silliness with clever wordplay and a dose of game show suspense.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: June 12, 2017

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