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Who Needs Donuts?
     

Who Needs Donuts?

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by Mark Alan Stamaty
 

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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

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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.

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Publishers Weekly
Who Needs Donuts? (1973) by Mark Alan Stamaty is a zany visual extravaganza. Sam wants donuts, "not just a few but hundreds and thousands and millions" of them. He heads to the big city where he finds them-and much more-in large, bustling scenes bursting with absurd details. A street sign says, "No swimming here to corner," a subway train crosses high above the street on a clothesline, and they discover several donuts under the stovepipe hat of Abe Lincoln, who's out walking his dog. Jam-packed pages full of surprises and a vintage 1970s message that love is all you need will delight children, young and old. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Who need donuts when you've got love? First published in 1973 and subsequently out of print for nearly 30 years, this strangely bizarre book will either pull you completely into a world you never dreamed of or repulse you! Wide-eyed youngster Sam decides to leave his boring, suburban existence for the big city, in search of more donuts than his parents could ever buy him. The tricycle-riding protagonist makes friends with a donut collector, Mr. Bikferd, who shares with him his tricks of the trade. While working, Sam also meets the Sad Old Woman (who is rather scary) and Pretzel Annie. Sam learns a great deal during his adventure in the city, and his donuts prove to be a real lifesaver! Completely covered in black and white illustrations that at first glance are emotionally one dimensional, the depth of the graphics after even one additional reading will surprise and delight readers (who may need a magnifying glass to soak up everything drawn). Exaggerated city scenes with tiny, goofy displays such as "we buy new and used sandwiches; guarantee on all parts" and "please enter through our entrance" pepper the pages. Recommended. 2001 (orig. 1973), Alfred A. Knopf, Ages 6 to 12.
— Cindy L. Carolan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803795358
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/04/1985
Product dimensions:
0.10(w) x 0.10(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
5 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Mark Alan Stamaty’s political cartoons and comic strips have appeared in Time, The Village Voice, and The Washington Post. He is a cartoonist for The New York Times Book Review and the online magazine Slats.

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Who Needs Donuts? 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recall the moment of purchase of this book in Daytons department store, toy section. Who would have thought that of all my childhood possessions, this was (and is) my favorite. I have read it 100 times and gazed at the pictures 10 times more than that. And everytime I see something new. What a treasure. If you are not going to buy this book for your child, then buy it for yourself. For years I tried to find this book again, only to run into the $300.00 price tag that accompanied the original. Yes, I have an original paperback of Mark Alan Stamaty's WHO NEEDS DONUTS thanks to a tedious search of my parent's garage. Well now everyone has a chance to re-read this MASTERPIECE. And like the person wrote in another review, I too am going to purchase several copies to disseminate. Oh, and I can only wait until my 1 year old is 4! PLEASE MR. STAMATY, MAKE ANOTHER!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Few things of mine have survived since the 70s, but my copy of Who Needs Donuts is one of them!! This wonderful book is really beyond description. You just have to experience it for yourself. People of all ages will love Who Needs Donuts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a discounted book bin, by the check out line, at the local grocery, I found a treasure. Although, I have the original (somewhere), that I got for a...DOLLAR, I have to buy this book again. I was eight, and I used up my whole dollar, that day, on that one item, instead of the usual 'gum-ball' machine trinkets I collected. The cover grabbed my eye, and I spent HOURS in that one, rather thin book. I wanted to live in a city like that; get on my bike, and ride to that place, like Sam did, and NOW I can!!! I plan on giving this book to everyone, I love dearly, this year, for Christmas. I am looking forward to seeing that hot-dog vendor with that ancient, mummified hot-dog, turning on that spitt...among so many, other, obscure things I can faintly recall... The bag-lady, on the stoop, is patiently waiting...I wish I could say the same!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, this will be in print again! It is a must buy for kids and us adults who remember the 70's. The illustrations are a hoot, and the story sweet! Who Needs Donuts, When you've got love!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I received as a gift when I was in preschool. Now that I'm 30, I still find new and funny drawings that I have never seen! I've searched high and low for a copy to replace the original that I misplaced over the years and finally found an old tattered copy from the Missouri State Library.Thanks Mr. Stamaty for a book I'm going to pass down to my kids!!! SC
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who need needs donuts? I do! This is a really great book. In my mind, this is the best Stamaty book ever. The detailed drawings and the 'true love' story are a must for any library. It's a childrens book for grown-ups. Why isn't it in reprint? Come on Mark, get the ball rolling!