cover image Who Needs Donuts?

Who Needs Donuts?

Mark Alan Stamaty. Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, $16.95 (40pp) ISBN 978-0-375-82550-7

Who Needs Donuts? (1973) by Mark Alan Stamaty is a zany visual extravaganza. Sam wants donuts, ""not just a few but hundreds and thousands and millions"" of them. He heads to the big city where he finds them-and much more-in large, bustling scenes bursting with absurd details. A street sign says, ""No swimming here to corner,"" a subway train crosses high above the street on a clothesline, and they discover several donuts under the stovepipe hat of Abe Lincoln, who's out walking his dog. Jam-packed pages full of surprises and a vintage 1970s message that love is all you need will delight children, young and old.