Book Review of Six Thousand Doughnuts
The Children’s Book Review
Written by Thomas Tosi
Illustrated by Meaghan Tosi
Ages 8-12 | 284 Pages
Publisher: Dooney Press | ISBN-13: 978-1954782013
What to Expect: Math, family, sibling rivalry, problem-solving, and law.
Funny, quirky, and fun, Six Thousand Doughnuts invites readers to think outside the box about family, fairness, cost value, and how we treat others when we pursue our desires.
With five siblings, Abe sometimes feels like there is nothing in life he doesn’t have to share. From his bedroom to his bike and a single doughnut at the drive-through, he’s expected to share everything with his annoying brothers and sisters. However, Abe also happens to be pretty good at math. When he spots a loophole in the small print of the special offer on the doughnut store coffee cup, a little quick calculation and cunning tells him he might be in for the deal of a lifetime—not just one free doughnut, but six thousand free doughnuts!
One thing is certain, with that many doughnuts all to himself, he definitely won’t have to share his good luck this time. Unfortunately, cashing in on this deal will mean going up against not only the Sweetly Crisp corporate big guns but also Marlene Paczki, the local branch owner’s daughter and Abe’s current crush. Abe will have to decide how much six thousand doughnuts are really worth to him.
Abe is thoroughly relatable as the main character, from his awkward attempts at his first relationship to his affection for and frustration with his family. More importantly, his story shows readers that good math skills can have real-world applications and benefits beyond the obvious. Meaghan Tosi’s cartoon-like black-and-white line drawing illustrations punctuate the chapters with movement and humor, emphasizing the characters’ emotions and focusing readers’ attention on empathy for others.
Six Thousand Doughnuts will have readers laughing, calculating, and empathizing simultaneously—a truly enjoyable read!
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About the Author
Thomas Tosi is a writer/filmmaker who, together with his wife, Heidi, has produced an award-winning children’s website, educational multimedia games, and dramatic films which have aired on national television, PBS affiliate stations, and screened in numerous film festivals. He was born and raised in New Hampshire, where he and Heidi still reside. He takes pride in the fact that they now live in a solar-powered home where they grow and can organic vegetables.
For more information visit thomastosi.com.
About the Author-Illustrator
MEAGHAN TOSI, was born and raised in New Hampshire, earned a BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design, and illustrated this book and the middle-grade novel “Six Thousand Doughnuts” alongside author Thomas Tosi. She is also the author/illustrator of “Dweedy: The Imagined Adventures of My Deceased Cat.” She now lives with her partner Daniel and many plants in Portland, Oregon, for the art scene, extraordinary hikes, and many neighborhood cats.
Six Thousand Doughnuts by Thomas Tosi was reviewed by Dr. Jen Harrison. Discover more books like Six Thousand Doughnuts by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with family, problem solving, math, sibling rivalry, and law.