Dozens of Doughnuts (Hardcover)
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A generous but increasingly put-upon bear makes batch after batch of doughnuts for her woodland friends without saving any for herself in this delightful debut picture book about counting, sharing, and being a good friend.
LouAnn (a bear) is making a doughnut feast in preparation for her long winter's nap. But just before she takes the first bite, DING DONG! Her friend Woodrow (a woodchuck) drops by. LouAnn is happy to share her doughnuts, but as soon as she and Woodrow sit down to eat, DING DING! Clyde (a raccoon) is at the door. One by one, LouAnn's friends come over--Topsy (an opossum) and then Moufette (a skunk) and then Chip and Chomp (chipmunks)--until it's one big party. Louann welcomes her surprise guests and makes batch after batch of doughnuts, always dividing them equally among her friends. But she makes one BIG miscalculation. Soon LouAnn's kitchen is bare, winter is near, and she's had nothing to eat at all!
About the Author
Carrie Finison writes poetry, stories, and picture books for children. Dozens of Doughnuts is her debut picture book. She lives outside Boston with her husband, son, and daughter (who all love doughnuts), and two cats who allow her to work in their attic office.
Brianne Farley is the illustrator of Charlotte the Scientist is Squished by Camille Andros and its sequel Charlotte the Scientist Finds a Cure. She has also written and illustrated two picture books: Secret Tree Fort and Ike's Incredible Ink. Brianne studied creative writing and art at Macalester College, and then received her MFA in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She lives in Michigan. Visit her at briannefarley.com or follow her on Instagram @briannehfarley and Twitter @briannefarley.
"LouAnn, a stout black bear, is frying doughnuts for one last pre-hibernation meal, and she’s looking forward to eating them all by herself. But it’s not to be. “One dozen doughnuts, hot from the pan,/ Toasty, and tasty, and ALL for—/DING-DONG!” Sturdy, thumping verse by Finison, making her picture book debut, chronicles the constant interruptions of a stream of hungry callers: Woodrow the woodchuck, Clyde the raccoon, Topsy the opossum, and more. LouAnn obligingly returns to the kitchen, but the doughnuts (iced in luridly appealing shades of crimson, blue, and lavender) keep getting eaten, and her temperature keeps rising: “She’s ready to sleep through the snow, ice, and sleet./ But winter is near, and there’s NOTHING to eat!” LouAnn’s hangry ursine roar lets her guests know they’ve overstepped. Farley (Secret Tree Fort) gives LouAnn a comically outsize snout, a tiny ruffled apron, and ears that droop and twitch fetchingly. The combination of delicious treats and tantalizing delay keeps the tension high, and the cooperative kitchen antics of LouAnn’s guests as they attempt to redress their wrongs (“Chip measures./ Chomp mixes./ Mouffette checks the heat”) deliver as much satisfaction as the new doughnuts themselves." —Publishers Weekly