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Bowling Alley Bandit

Bowling Alley Bandit

The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut

The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut (Volume 1)

Laurie Keller

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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 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 sleuthing and even some magic.

Full of Laurie Keller's winning charm and silly humor, this chapter book—the first in the series—is sure to please her many fans. This title has Common Core connections.

Bowling Alley Bandit is a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013

Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Master List, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice A. ML

Praise for Bowling Alley Bandit

“Arnie the doughnut returns in a "who-donut" chapter book that will appeal to fans of Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" (Scholastic) and Lincoln Peirce's "Big Nate" (HarperCollins) series.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“* A yummy chapter-book series opener.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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

“Laurie Keller is a goofball. She's a genius. She's a goofball and a genius.” —The New York Times Book Review on Arnie, the Doughnut

“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 on Arnie, the Doughnut

“Good for a belly laugh.” —Newsday on Arnie, the Doughnut

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

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

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

“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 on Arnie, the Doughnut

“Off-the-wall humor and zany artwork.” —Seattle Post Intelligencer on Arnie, the Doughnu… More…

“Arnie the doughnut returns in a "who-donut" chapter book that will appeal to fans of Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" (Scholastic) and Lincoln Peirce's "Big Nate" (HarperCollins) series.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“* A yummy chapter-book series opener.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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

“Laurie Keller is a goofball. She's a genius. She's a goofball and a genius.” —The New York Times Book Review on Arnie, the Doughnut

“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 on Arnie, the Doughnut

“Good for a belly laugh.” —Newsday on Arnie, the Doughnut

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

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

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

“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 on Arnie, the Doughnut

“Off-the-wall humor and zany artwork.” —Seattle Post Intelligencer on Arnie, the Doughnut

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Laurie Keller

Laurie Keller is the acclaimed author-illustrator of Do Unto Otters, Arnie, the Doughnut, The Scrambled States of America, and Open Wide: Tooth School Inside, among numerous others. She earned a BFA at Kendall College of Art and Design, then worked at Hallmark as a greeting card illustrator before turning to children's books. She lives in a little cottage in the woods on the shore of Lake Michigan.

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