Posted by Venus on Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Illustrations by Vincent X. Kirsch
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 3, 2016
In 1843, fourteen-year-old Hanson Gregory left home to work as a cabin on on the schooner Achorn. While on board, he made snacks for the sailors, round cakes that never cooked fully in the middle. Then, one day he had an idea, why not simply remove the middle? This way the entire cake would be cooked all the way through. And so began the humble doughnut that has became a breakfast staple.
A well-told story that gets to the truth behind the doughnuts' origins and even addresses some of the myths that have also formed. Over the years I have heard many stories about the doughnuts origins that honestly, people must have made up, so it was nice to finally get to the truth. The illustrations are cute and what I appreciate most about this picture book biography is that it can stand on its own as just a fun picture book. Every kid loves doughnuts and I think, much like the Balloons Over Broadway book, it will draw in young readers. It also one of those books like, The Old Black Witch, in which parents can (if they are so inclined) make donuts from scratch and make some lasting memories as well.
mmm...now I want a doughnut