What’s With The Hole In My Doughnut? Find out here for Perfect Picture Book Friday.

When I saw this picture book, The Hole Story of the Doughnut, I zipped back in time to the days when I wore a dress with knee socks and my hair in braids. I could almost feel my father’s hand, holding mine as we strolled through the cobblestone streets of our little town on Saturday morning to visit the bakery. My mouth watered as I looked at all the frosted pastries, chocolate chip-studded cookies, gooey brownies, and cakes, tempting me from behind the shiny glass case. Dad and I walked from one end of the pastry case WAY down to the other end, carefully looking at each sweet treat. The long line of moms, dads, and kids disappeared and it was our turn.

“What can I get for you?” the lady behind the counter asked.

Dad looked at me. I looked up at him. We smiled and ordered the same thing we each chose every Saturday over the years.

“I’ll have an applesauce doughnut,” Dad said.

“And I’d like a jelly bismark,” I said.

It’s not that we lacked imagination or the desire to work our way through the case, treat by treat, week by week, trying to see how long it would take us to sample every delectable dessert, it’s that we knew exactly which doughnut gave us the biggest smile and the most satisfaction to eat. At least when Dad wiped the sugar off of my cheeks, he didn’t lick the napkin first like my mom did. (I know…I know… Yuck!)

I don’t think we ever wondered why the baker cut a hole in the middle of Dad’s applesauce doughnut. I’m pretty sure we figured the hole made it easier to hold onto and offered a funny place to peer through and make faces. But enough strolling down memory lane. It’s time to take a look at The Hole Story of the Doughnut.

Title – The Hole Story of the Doughnut

Written by – Pat Miller

Illustrated by – Vincent X. Kirsch

Published by – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.

Topics – Determination, invention of the doughnut

Opening – Few remember the master mariner Hanson Crockett Gregory, though he was bold and brave and bright. But the pastry he invented more than 166 years ago is eaten daily by doughnut lovers everywhere. This is his story.

Amazon’s Review –  View it HERE.  In 1843, thirteen-year-old Hanson Gregory left his family home in Rockport, Maine, and set sail as a cabin boy on the schooner Achorn, looking for high-stakes adventure on the high seas. Little did he know that a boatload of hungry sailors, coupled with his knack for creative problem-solving, would yield one of the world’s most prized and beloved pastries.

      Lively and inventive cut-paper illustrations add a taste of whimsy to this sweet, fact-filled story that includes an extensive bibliography, author’s note, and timeline.

Why do I like this book? Besides finding the story fascinating, I loved Pat Miller’s lively way of telling this tale. She has a gift for getting those pages flying! And sure, non-fiction books can be dry, but this story about the invention of the doughnut is as moist as the finest doughnut you’ve ever sunk your teeth into! I promise. And while you’re devouring this book, you’ll be glad to know it is 100% calorie free. Another reason to check out this gem.

6 thoughts on “What’s With The Hole In My Doughnut? Find out here for Perfect Picture Book Friday.

  1. I enjoyed both your vivid retelling of your doughnut memory (made sweeter because it was a dad-daughter tradition), and your personable review of THE HOLE STORY. I am delighted that you enjoyed my book–maybe as much as a jelly bismark. My illustrator, Vincent Kirsch, created painstaking cut-paper illustrations, and then cut the centers out, much as Hanson Gregory did with those greasy “sinkers.” He moved the center to one page, and put the text in the peep hole. He told me he went through hundreds of X-Acto blades in the making of this book.

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    • Pat, How marvelous to hear the “behind-the-scenes” story for the illustrations. Knowing all that went into creating them, I’m excited to take another journey through the pages and look much closer. What I enjoyed most about your book (beyond learning the fascinating story behind the hole in the doughnut) is your writing style which is lively, engaging, and brings the reader into the time and place with each carefully chosen word. Keep writing.


  2. Your introduction brought back many of my fond memories of going to the Krispy Cream Doughnut store as a child. I would have loved knowing this piece of pastry history as a child. Enjoyed your review of Gregory’s creation. Will have to read the book to learn the whole story.

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed my childhood doughnut memory. As good as those visits were to the bakery, sharing those doughnuts with my dad is what made them special. I hope you’ll check out The Hole Story of the Doughnut. Pat Miller’s telling of the history of this favorite treat is fantastic.


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