Publishers Weekly Review
Rival donut chefs compete for customers by concocting ever more exotic offerings in this eye-catching title from the creator of The Red Lemon. Geometric art in spun-sugar-smooth colors produces a vintage feel; relayed in jubilant rhymed couplets, the story, too, pays tribute to simple pleasures. As each chef innovates, his goods become less and less appealing: "We've donuts laced with kiwi jam,/ and served inside an open clam!/ Donuts made with huckleberry/ (Don't be scared; they're kind of hairy)." Only a girl's request for a glazed donut stops the insanity. The real fun here lies in the visuals: the rotund chef, winking with a semicircular eyebrow and smiling his half-moon-shaped smile; bakery displays of impossibly gorgeous goods; fantastically tall or wide passersby. Everywhere readers look, there are delectable surprises. Ages 3-5. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Library Journal Review
PreS-Gr 3-This cautionary tale tells of a baker who almost loses track of his true calling while trying to outwit and outdo a competitor. The donut chef is proud of his newly opened store, and his success becomes so great that another man decides to open his own establishment, vowing, "Your shop is through.../When my store opens next to you!" The feud soon becomes fierce, with each owner creating confections in bizarre flavors like "Peanut-Brickle Buttermilk,/And Gooey Cocoa-Mocha Silk," and in even stranger shapes. But sometimes competition can destroy, too, as the sweets soon lose "their taste. They'd lost their soul./They'd even lost their donut hole!" It takes little Debbie Sue and her request for a simple glazed donut to bring the chef to his senses. Soon other customers are clamoring for the same thing, and, now enlightened, the baker goes back to basics. The entire book has a retro tone, from its lengthy rhyming text to its Art Deco-style illustrations, which are updated with more modern-looking graphic shapes and a multicolored palette. The pictures are slightly reminiscent of Dan Yaccarino's work, but with much sharper, more clearly defined lines. Aside from a jarring mistake when a shop "selling round the clock" becomes one whose doors close "at six," the story's lively rhythmic text and colorful artwork should make it a good pick for storytime.-Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Rival donut chefs compete for customers in this humorous tale that features peppy rhyming stanzas and sleek, colorful, retro-modernist art. A donut chef's new Donut Land shop is a hit, until an opportunistic chef opens Donut World next door. Vying for business leads each chef to create progressively more outlandish and zany donut creations, until a little girl's simple request brings perspective and rewards for everyone. The enthusiastic, exclamation-point-infused text is somewhat lengthy for read-alouds, and some descriptions may not resonate with young readers: Donuts dressed just like a Shriner, / Donuts major! Donuts minor! Still, the bakery settings, packed with over-the-toptreats, will interest kids, as will the elaborately detailed, frenetic art that features humorously expressive, quirky, cartoon-like characters in various rainbow hues. This ode to a classic sweet treat blends entertaining silliness with a little food for thought about competition and the rewards of simplicity versus over-the-top extravagance.--Rosenfeld, Shelle Copyright 2008 Booklist