Picture Books Focused on Food

Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller
I fell in love with this book the moment I saw the cover. Picture books with tiny characters on page corners that make snarky, funny comments are my favorite. This story began by including that concept on its cover. The only downside is that the side characters can distract from the plot; I recommend reading the story first and the side comments later. The story builds on a hilarious and absurb premise: doughnuts are sentient beings who want to be chosen by humans that will eventually eat them. Arnie, although as alive as the other doughnuts, rebels from this true purpose. The journey of a doughnut from creation to a human’s mouth is descriptive, and the relationship between Arnie and his eventual human owner is heartfelt. The solution to the central conflict is funny and unexpected. I enjoyed this story from beginning to end, and hope that you will too. (Side Note: Arnie the Doughnut is also the central character of a popular juvenile fiction series.)
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