Invasion of the Ufonuts (Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut Series #2)

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Arnie finds himself in trouble when his neighbor, Loretta Schmoretta, begins telling news reporters that she was the victim of an alien abduction. And not just any aliens—alien doughnuts from outer spastry, who will continue the abductions until people stop eating doughnuts! Although Arnie thinks this is a ridiculous story, he notices that everyone is treating him differently, as if he is an alien doughnut rather than just a doughnut-dog. And then Arnie gets abducted! Arnie must think fast in order to rescue his ...

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Arnie finds himself in trouble when his neighbor, Loretta Schmoretta, begins telling news reporters that she was the victim of an alien abduction. And not just any aliens—alien doughnuts from outer spastry, who will continue the abductions until people stop eating doughnuts! Although Arnie thinks this is a ridiculous story, he notices that everyone is treating him differently, as if he is an alien doughnut rather than just a doughnut-dog. And then Arnie gets abducted! Arnie must think fast in order to rescue his fellow doughnuts and the townspeople from the alien invaders.  The slapstick shenanigans continue in this hilarious second book in Laurie Keller's Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut series.

A Christy Ottaviano Book

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Bowling Alley Bandit:

A Junior Library Guild Selection

“A bowling tournament gives the rolling raconteur introduced in the 2003 picture book Arnie the Doughnut fresh scope for wisecracks and wild misadventures. . . . Like triumphant Mr. Bing, Keller walks off with a ‘Stiffy Stu McShiny’ award for this yummy chapter-book series opener.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Keller shrewdly targets hesitant readers with an abundance of goofy comedy.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Arnie, the Doughnut:

A Chicago Tribune precinct pick for the holidays

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book

A Publishers Weekly Editor's Pick

A Publishers Weekly Best Children Books 2003

A Publishers Weekly Tastiest-and Most Well-Rounded-Title Character Award

“Arnie takes destiny into his own hands with vastly entertaining results.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Laurie Keller is a goofball. She’s a genius. She’s a goofball and a genius.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Keller gives ‘pet food’ a new meaning in this savory outing. . . . So deliciously silly is this confection that few readers will pass up second helpings.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Good for a belly laugh.”—Newsday

“Arnie is one of the cleverest and funniest books I’ve seen in a long time.”—BookPage

“Packed with fun and sprinkled with so many illustrative and humorous asides.”—Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN

“In picture books, usually only dogs are as funny as this. Keller doesn’t miss a trick.”—San Diego Union Tribune

“Keller’s riotous collages . . . which are filled with gleeful puns, winning characters, and over-the-top silliness, are as manic and fun as a sugar high.”—Booklist

“Off-the-wall humor and zany artwork.”—Seattle Post Intelligencer

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
In this second title in Keller’s “Arnie the Doughnut” series, our doughnut hero and his best friend, Peezo-the-slice-of-pizza, are worried when Arnie’s human neighbor Loretta Schmoretta reports having been abducted by alien doughnuts from “outer spastry,” who plan to take over Earth in protest over Earthlings’ barbaric practice of eating doughnuts. In fact, Peezo even accuses Arnie of being one of the aliens himself. Before this fast-paced chapter book briskly and breezily reaches its unexpected conclusion, Arnie has been captured by the alien doughnuts and learned that they are not what they seem to be. The reader is also given the chance to become fluent in the Ufonut language (a variant of Pig Latin, “only instead of words ending in AY or WAY, they end in UT or NUT”). Narrated largely in dialogue bubbles, pictures, and large-font exclamations, this wacky romp should be a winner with reluctant readers who are able to suspend disbelief over preposterous situations and are ready for a generous dose of extreme silliness. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.; Ages 7 to 10.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805090758
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 2/25/2014
  • Series: Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut Series , #2
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 123,644
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurie Keller is the acclaimed author-illustrator of Do Unto Otters; Arnie, the Doughnut; The Scrambled States of America; Open Wide: Tooth School Inside; and Bowling Alley Bandit, Book One in The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut. The musical Arnie, the Doughnut was performed off-Broadway as part of the New York Musical Theater Festival in 2012. Keller lives on the shore of Lake Michigan.

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The WHOLE TIME I thought it was the meatball who did it, but it turned out to be that sweet little french fry. It was the scariest movie I’ve EVER seen. I have to give it my highest rating—

ARNie and Peezo at the MOVIES

I didn’t like it one bit.

It wasn’t even scary.


Was the director SLEEPING when he made this film? He completely ruined the scene where the meatball and the french fry come face-to-face. Any good director knows that a little dramatic lighting and some high/low camera angles make things WAY scarier. I’m giving it my lowest rating—0 out of 5 pizza toppings!

Ya see, that’s one of the things I like best about being friends with Peezo—we don’t always agree on everything but we STILL get along.

Hey, a bunch of news trucks are in the parking lot. I bet Queenie LaTaffy is being interviewed again. Queenie LaTaffy is the latest teen tuba-playing sensation, and she passed through town last week to visit her aunt Chewy.

Peezo LOVES her and wants to get her autograph more than anything.

Her new song, OOMPAH-OOMPAH WOW-WOW, has been #1 on the TOP 40 TUBA HITS chart for three weeks in a row!

Peezo, I think Queenie LaTaffy is outside.

Queenie LaTaffy!

Queenie LaTaffy!

Queenie LaTaffy!

Sorry, guys, she’s still on her “OOMPA-OOMPA WOW-WOW Out-of-This-WORLD” tour.

Awww, DARN.

There, there.

The newspeople aren’t interviewing Queenie LaTaffy or ANY famous person—they’re interviewing my neighbor, Loretta Schmoretta! I wonder what’s going on.

Folks, it looks like we’ve got a real outer space—or in THIS case, outer SPASTRY—story on our hands. Loretta Schmoretta is the sixteenth person today claiming to have been abducted by alien doughnuts, then released after the aliens stole their Downtown Bakery doughnuts! Tell us more, Loretta.


Well, I was walking through the parking lot to my apartment with my bag of DOWNTOWN BAKERY doughnuts when I heard a LOUD CLINKING noise overhead. I looked up and saw a FLYING SAUCER floating above me! Actually, it was a flying CUP and saucer. I tried to run but a glowing beam of green, sticky jelly stopped me in my tracks. SUDDENLY I was inside the spacecraft, surrounded by gigantic DOUGHNUT CREATURES! There must have been a DOZEN of them!

They kept staring at me and mumbling to one another. I couldn’t understand a word they said. They just stared and mumbled.




Yeah, we get it.

THEN what happened?

Then they grabbed my doughnuts, and next thing I knew I was back on the ground. I saw them fly off and I haven’t seen them since!

Loretta Schmoretta, why do you think the aliens are abducting Earthling doughnuts? Do you think they’re rescuing them before they come back to take over Earth?

Oh, dear. I hadn’t thought of THAT. I bet you’re right.




Copyright © 2014 by Laurie Keller

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Book is great, format is awful

    The book is about 4 sq inches on my nook. Would be better suited for reading on a cell phone. The only way to make it bigger is to double click and zoom each page. My kid shouldn't have to do that. Returning and buying a paper copy. We love Laurie Keller!

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