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Bowling Alley Bandit

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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 thenMr. 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 sl...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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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
Ms. Yingling
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
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...more
A quirky romp. Great for kids just transitioning to chapter books, early elementary reluctant readers, and kids who like heavily illustrated longer titles.
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...more
Ms. Barry
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
Things were tense, but it all worked out in the end.
* 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...more
Amy Fournier
*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...more
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...more
Mrs. Knott
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
I really enjoyed the original "Arnie the Doughnut" but this one did nothing for me (exception: the rendition of "Take me out for some Bowling" in the 7th Frame Stretch was highly amusing). It has very little of the charm of the picture book, and it just feel pointless. Have I crossed over to curmudgeon status? Maybe so. Need to check on what the 11yo thought of it (he read it independently of me a few weeks ago).
Rachel Rooney
I have not read this yet, but my seven-year-old son adores it. He has read it at least 5 times since we got it from the library and will read passages aloud to me. At least half the fun for him are the illustrations, and they are plentiful, making it a great chapter book for kids who miss all the pictures in their picture books.
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...more
Jeff Raymond
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...more
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
Robin Rousu
Fast-paced, funny, weird, high-energy. Enough of a plot to hold it together, but the jokes are the main point. Ample illustrations. For fans of Bad Kitty, etc. Good choice for reluctant readers. Recommended for ages 6-10.
When my kids asked to read this at school I wasn't sure about it but it is adorable. we're already reading the second one too. the kids
love it I thought it was adorable the great book
My son got this at the library, and I picked it up for a quick read. It is a little too young for my middle schoolers, I think. It was a little too "out there" for me.
Benji Martin
I wanted to read this one ages ago, but it has constantly been checked out since I got it. I finally got a chance this afternoon. It's everything I hoped it would be.
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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...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?

Cute book for those just starting long chapter books. Lots of drawings and text bubbles make for fun but busy pages. Jokes are corny and young readers may not get them, but overall feel of book is light-hearted and fun.
Rebecca Heywood
Also read with Gregory. It was his idea. He sat for half an hour and read the whole thing with me! Very proud of him
I think the kids will like it. Bunches.

As for me? Eh. Perhaps all the glowing reviews made me expect more than I should.
Perfect for the intended audience, I think both boys and girls would enjoy it. And you get a mini bowling lesson too!
Perfect for fans of illustrated chapter books. Crazy and silly with a little bit of mystery.
Ann Haefele
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
Not really a great book for me, but I can see my 4th graders loving it!
Excellent graphic and text novel for beginning readers. A quick, funny read.
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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...more
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