Guest Book Reviewer: The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut

by Laurie Keller
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), June 2013

My 7 year old niece, KK, was home with a fever for the past couple of days. She has been laying around a bit lifeless watching the Disney Channel.  At one point, when she seemed a bit more alert, I gave her a copy of Bowling Alley Bandit by Laurie Keller. Her immediate comment was "this is funny".  When she finished I interviewed her about the book.  Here were her answers....

What was your favorite part of the book?

When the Arnie the Doughnut went behind the lanes to find Betsy, his purple bowling ball with pink sprinkles, who was missing.

Did you have any favorite lines in the book?

Arnie: "Help! I am a chocolate covered sprinkle pancake!"

Arnie says " But instead of singing 'take me out to the ball game' we'll sing 'take me out for some bowling.'" 

Why did you think the book was funny?

In one part, Arnie is talking to this lady and she is ignoring him and finally he say "I'm a doughnut dog" and she says "How adorable."

Who was your favorite character and why?

Arnie because he is really mischievous. He finds mysteries and solves them.

Why do you think other children should read this?

I think other children should read this because it is funny. 

KK is planning on reading the next Arnie the Doughnut adventure called Invasion of the Ufonuts. Pick up a copy of Bowling Alley Bandit (The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut) at your local bookstore or public library.

About the guest reviewer: KK is 7 years old and in the 2nd grade.  She likes gymnastics, cheeseburgers, and reading.