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Who Needs Donuts?

by Mark Alan Stamaty

Hardcover, 40 pages

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers (2003-09-23)

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Amazon Description

Sam’s love of donuts takes him to the Big City where he makes friends with Mr. Bikferd, a world class collector of donuts. But when Mr. Bikferd falls in love with Pretzel Annie, the prophecy of an old homeless woman comes true: “Who needs donuts when you’ve got love?” Mr. Bikferd bequeaths his donut collection to Sam, who uses it to save the old homeless woman from drowning in a basement flooded with coffee.

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.

One Potato Review

Originally published in 1973, this is the existential story of a little boy following his dreams to the big city, a sad old homeless woman shrieking about love, and a wild bull escaping from a pet store, yet it’s the pictures which finally astonish: of flying elephants, and faucets where door handles are supposed to be, and horse-headed birds blowing saxophones with trees growing out of them – please don’t get me started. There are thousands and thousands of donuts here also, no one exactly like the other, indeed these drawings offer loving (if sometimes exhausting) testimonial of a certain homemade decade that most of us do our best to forget – and too bad. The street signs alone would take an average reader months to completely appreciate. A monumental achievement. And a funny little yarn. 

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