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Bowling Alley Bandit (The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut #1)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  501 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
As Mr. Bing's new pet "doughnut dog," Arnie couldn't be happier. When Mr. Bing joins a bowling league, Arnie gets to go along to practices and competitions. But then Mr. Bing starts rolling gutter balls. Someone or something is behind the madness. Arnie, together with his team of goofball friends, must sort through the shenanigans and solve the mystery. Get ready for some ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Jun 18, 2013 Hank rated it really liked it
Things were tense, but it all worked out in the end.
The world's friendliest doughnut is back and expanding his skinny-armed reach from picture books to chapter books! In this delightfully absurd, charmingly offbeat, fully illustrated mystery -- a "Who-Donut" -- Arnie attempts to figure out why Mr. Bing, an accomplished bowler, is rolling gutter balls during the big bowling championship. Kids seeking a straightforward, linear narrative may find this book challenging, as Arnie is a chatty, easily distracted host and the central plotline is almost s ...more
AS fond as I am of Keller's picture books, and the original Arnie the Doughnut, this never quite worked for me. The jokes are corny, which is fine. But the story felt kind of all over the place. Tash only read a couple of pages before putting it down herself. It's hard to do early readers with engaging characters on a limited vocabulary. So, I hope Keller finds the magic and can produce books for this age. But this Arnie just gets a "meh."

And why is there only one female character in the whole t
A quirky romp. Great for kids just transitioning to chapter books, early elementary reluctant readers, and kids who like heavily illustrated longer titles.
Marge Keller
Jul 12, 2015 Marge Keller rated it liked it
Would be good for third grade. Just starting SSYRA. Will be very quick read for 5th grade. Fairly high exile 690 -- which makes me think keep. Silly book but has some meaning to it.
Mar 08, 2017 K rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
This book was ridiculous, and I was immensely entertained. A really nice reading level for a beginning reader, although quite American in jokes and style.
Mar 06, 2017 Kamae rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
I really loved the first Arnie the Doughnut book but was a bit disappointed in this one.
Feb 19, 2017 B rated it really liked it
Great suggestion for a kid's book club! Quirky humor and off-beat storyline, (pet donut anyone?), I think this mixture of silly artwork, goofy jokes, and bowling alley lingo will be popular with kids.
Go for it Carlotta!
Aug 26, 2013 Berenice rated it really liked it
* I got this copy from the publisher in exchange of an honest review

Fresh out of the baker and into Mr. Bing's life comes Arnie the Doughnut how is half of the time a regular doughnut and the other half just a chocolate covered sprinkle doughnut.
This time we follow Arnie the Doughnut in his life at the bowlling alley where he goes from karaoke enthusiast to crime solving doughnut. Follow Arnie as she show's us why he loves the bowling alley so much and how he tries to keep it a safe place.

If yo
Jul 09, 2014 Dawn rated it liked it
Arnie is a chocolate frosted doughnut with sprinkles and he lives with his friend, Mr. Bing. Though Mr. Bing previously tried to eat Arnie, Arnie now acts as his “doughnut dog”, leash and all. Arnie loves accompanying Mr. Bing to the bowling alley, where he cheers on the Bingbats, sings Karaoke and fights with his frenemy, Peezo, a slice of pizza. On the day of the championships, Mr. Bing starts rolling gutterballs, and it up to Arnie and his friends to figure out who is sabotaging the Bingbats. ...more
Elissa Schaeffer
Sep 28, 2013 Elissa Schaeffer rated it liked it
First I have to say: I've not read ARNIE THE DOUGHNUT picture book. I have no idea what happened in it, but I get an idea from this one.

Arnie is a doughnut who is, like many objects in this book, alive with thoughts and a voice all his own. Since Mr. Bing, the man who almost ate him, decided to keep him around, they settled on Arnie being a "doughnut-dog" which is in itself very funny, especially when Mr. Bing is getting ticketed. But something is going on at bowling alley where Mr. Bing bowls a
Amy Fournier
Mar 21, 2013 Amy Fournier rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own
*Actual rating 3.5 stars

This book sounded so fun and cute, so I was really excited to read it. Besides, how fun is that cover? So being that it's a short book, this review will be short too. It was great for the age group it's intended for, though probably on the younger side of it. I would consider this more of a children's book, than middle grade.

Arnie is a doughnut that Mr. Bing decides not to eat and instead becomes his pet "dog-doughnut" and is treated like he's a companion. Artie is fun an
Ms. Yingling
Apr 01, 2014 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
As established in the picture book, Arnie the Doughnut, Arnie is the "doughnut dog" or Mr. Bing. When Mr. Bing is on a bowling team, buys a new ball, but when a big play off rolls around, he can't find his new ball, and Arnie investigates what has happened to it. There's also some talking pizza, and of course, the bowling balls converse. Heavily illustrated, this reminded me a bit of Dragonbreath, in that children and adults will find it funny. There is a second book also out, The Invasion of th ...more
Jeff Raymond
Feb 12, 2013 Jeff Raymond rated it liked it
Arnie the Doughnut is far and away my favorite picture book, so when I saw that there was a early reader/early middle grade story with Arnie, I was very excited. It took me forever to remember to pick it up, and I'm...ultimately okay I did?

It's kind of a mystery about a missing bowling ball at a bowling alley. It does enough to look back to the picture book to keep me engaged, but loses a lot of charm in the process. Specifically, what makes Arnie fun is secondary to this story, and that's kind
A funny/silly mystery starring a donut who also doubles as a dog. Most of this cheesy/quirky book is about the rituals of Arnie the Donut and his friend Mr. Bing including how they met and decided that Arnie would serve as both the donut and the dog in Bing's life.

The duo enjoys bowling and when Mr. Bing's league ends up in the Lemon Lanes Championship jealousy over a new ball leads to some bad bowls. Arnie and his sidekick Peezo (the pizza slice) are hot on the case, but time's ticking and if
Ms. Barry
May 25, 2014 Ms. Barry rated it liked it
Does Arnie the Doughnut really have exactly 135 sprinkles? I want to see a book about Lemon Lanes Robot League! What is that lady on the first page of chapter five drawing? I can go onto the details of this book, or I can just enjoy the story and the teeny toot during Mr Bing's four step approach. The simple story employs some well placed randomness, fun drawings to look more closey, and some bowling and doughnut tutorials. There is even some social skills development going on with Bruiser, and ...more
Jun 11, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: chapter-books
Laurie Keller is one of my favorite Children's authors and one that writes with incredible humor that engages kids right away as they read her books. When I told my students that a new chapter book series was coming out about Arnie the Doughnut, they went crazy. While I don't think they will be disappointed with this book, I was a little bit. With all of Laurie's wonderful creativity, the story is confusing and difficult to follow for a young reader. It doesn't seem very "chapter-esque"...just a ...more
Jack Cheng
Laurie Keller extends the craziness of her Arnie the Doughnut picture book with the first in a series of chapter books.

Luckily, she keeps the wacky tone as Arnie tries to figure out why Mr Bing is not doing well in a bowling tournament. Everyone is good natured and even the meanest seeming characters turn out to be just having a bad shoe day.

Favorite line comes from Arnie discussing with a piece of pizza the motivation of their suspect:

Arnie: Why would he want ot get back at Mr. Bing and Betsy?

Jun 04, 2014 Kirsten rated it really liked it
Arnie the doughnut returns in a "who-donut" chapter book that will appeal to fans of Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" and Lincoln Peirce's "Big Nate" series.

Comic-style drawings fill the pages, providing abundant humor and tons of spoofy comedy for reluctant readers. Children will stay engaged as Arnie and friends try to discover why Mr. Bing keeps throwing gutter balls during the tournament when he usually is a high-scoring bowler. With zany, quirky characters (talking pizza,fire eating frenc
Michele Knott
Jan 20, 2014 Michele Knott rated it really liked it
Arnie the Doughnut who was introduced to us in the picture book, Arnie the Doughnut, is back, this time in his own chapter book. Told with the same humor, Arnie starts his story with a quick retelling of what happened in his picture book (which is not to be missed, in my opinion). Once we're all caught up, he starts his newest story, which happens to be a mystery. Kids will love the humor in this story. The text is funny and the illustrations compliment the story. This book will be great to hand ...more
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My Review and Teacher’s Tools For Navigation: This book is going to be loved by kids. It is hilarious and is one rung below Big Nate on the humor, illustrated novel ladder. It is a great book to help readers get from early readers to middle grade illustrated novels. In the classroom, it would be a great book to use to practice prediction as the reader is given clues throughout the book to figure out who the bowling alley bandit is. Also, as
Aug 29, 2013 Laurian rated it it was ok
Shelves: children
Cameron just didn't like this book. When we were actually reading it he was always interested because the pictures are pretty good. The problem, I think, was the flow for reading. It has a more cartoon feel with the text sliding towards the pictures rather than a storybook feel. This would work great for when Cameron was older but just didn't work well with me trying to read it to him. This resulted in him picking just about every other library book we picked up before this one. I think he'll en ...more
Nov 14, 2013 H rated it liked it
Arnie is a doughnut who becomes the "pet" of a man who bowls every week in a league. When it looks like someone is trying to sabotage the big match - Arnie comes to the rescue. A perfectly acceptable beginner's chapter book for kids in 2nd (higher) or 3rd who are looking for something in the Ricky Ricotta / Squish / Bad Kitty wheelhouse. A good choice for those kids who are good, but reluctant, readers in 2nd, for advanced first grade readers, or those who read well but don't have the stamina or ...more
Jul 15, 2013 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
I like Arnie the Doughnut as a picture book and a movie, and his character translates to chapter book pretty well. The first few pages fill in those not familiar with Arnie ("Mr. Bing...remember when you tried to EAT me...ha ha ha") and goes from there with a mystery involving Mr. Bing's bowling league. It was funny, though a bit of the humor will go over kids' heads, I think. Apparently, in Arnie's world, most objects like pizza slices and bowling pins can talk as he does. Lots of illustrations ...more
Ann Haefele
Jul 25, 2013 Ann Haefele rated it really liked it
As a huge fan of the picture book, Arnie the Doughnut, I could not wait to read the first Arnie chapter book. While it is not a true chapter book, more of a first chapter book/graphic novel, it still had me smiling. Wacky humor, black and white illustrations, and a mystery involving Mr. Bing and a bowling alley will have kids laughing and eagerly awaiting the next book. While the book seems like an easy read, it really should be given to third and fourth graders. There is some humor that will go ...more
Jul 26, 2015 Molly rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Arnie is a doughnut who also happens to be a dog. He saves his owner, Mr. Bing, from losing a bowling competition when he discovers suspicious activity that makes him bowl gutter balls.

I read this because I won the second book in the series in a drawing, so I had to read the second before I read that. For me the concept of a "doughnut dog" is a little too out there and the jokes are too corny, but I think its target audience of young readers will really enjoy it, which is why I gave it three sta
Dec 05, 2013 Diane rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Arnie, the doughnut dog, loves going to the bowling alley with Mr. Bing. Not only are the sounds thrilling and the game exciting, but there's also Karaoke! Arnie even plans to do a "7th Frame Stretch" during the big bowling tournament. He's written the song himself. Who knew that this distraction might destroy Mr. Bing's team's chances of winning the tournament? Suddenly, gutter balls abound. But with his pizza slice friend, Peezo, by his side, Arnie solves the mystery before it's too late.

Abby Johnson
Feb 26, 2015 Abby Johnson rated it liked it
This is a very silly book about a doughnut named Arnie who is pals with Mr. Bing. When Mr. Bing's bowling league goes up against their rivals, Arnie knows that nothing can stop them. When Mr. Bing unexpectedly starts throwing gutter balls, Arnie knows something fishy is going on and he's determined to get to the bottom of it.

Hand this to kids who just can't get enough silly. It's almost a graphic novel - lots of cute, cartoony illustration throughout - and would be good for reluctant readers.
Nikki S
Mar 24, 2013 Nikki S rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, children
This book was super cute! The humor was actually funny and the mystery wasn't something that the children couldn't solve, but it wasn't too easy either.
I really liked the concept. The idea of a talking doughnut is funny in itself. Although you don't make a huge connection with all the characters, you have enough to make a connection with the main character, and that's what matters.
The illustrations in this book were very good to say that it was in an ARC. I can only imagine if they get colo
Aug 22, 2013 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Bowling Alley Bandit was both adorkable and unique. A fun combination between a comic, full of speech bubbles and asides, and an early reading book, Arnie the Donut packs an unexpected punch.

Keller's writing style reminds of playwrights who break the fourth wall. She wrote Arnie as a unique and silly character who uses the audience to think and solve out a small mystery.

An easy and absolutely fun read. I'd recommend this to first and second graders.
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Laurie Keller grew up in Muskegon, Michigan. She always loved to draw, paint and write stories. She spent much of her time performing in a local dance tour company and dancing in and choreographing some civic theatre shows.
She graduated several years later with a BFA in Illustration. She also got a job as a greeting card illustrator at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri. She is the author and
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