The Donut Chef, by Bob Staake


15 Responses to “The Donut Chef, by Bob Staake”

  1. postliteracy_dot_org says:

    @13: Ah, donut-making machines going haywire.

    That reminds me a little of that old sk00l Sesame Street short. I have only the vaguest memory of it, but I remember it taking place at night, in a donut bakery filled with people, and a woman loses her (diamond?) ring in the batter. Everyone then descends upon the freshly cooked donuts in a gustatory frenzy, until a masticating child finally finds the ring, to great acclaim.

    Haven’t been able to find it on YouTube, tho’.

  2. Guffy says:

    Bob Staake’s work is great and inspiring. I wanted to make a holiday card that borrowed upon his style but didn’t allow myself the time to do a job even one millionth as good.

    Now the nitpick: around the time of the New Yorker elephant/donkey cover he did for the election not long ago, the Mac OS 7 rumor came into being. That is actually not the case…

    He is running Classic OS 9 on an OS X machine, a G5 PowerMac if I’m not mistaken. Still, damn fine work.

  3. Brookie3000 says:

    a little from column a, a little from column b!

  4. travelina says:

    If your daughter enjoys well-illustrated books about doughnuts, I would heartily recommend Robert McCloskey’s “Homer Price,” in which young, quick-thinking Homer saves the day when his uncle’s doughnut-making machine goes haywire:

    McCloskey also wrote and illustrated the classic “Make Way for Ducklings,” “Blueberries for Sal,” “One Morning in Maine” and other winners.

  5. gabrielm says:

    Makes me want to run over to Voodoo Doughnuts for a triple chocolate penetration!

  6. EH says:

    I hope the sequel addresses a desire for the perfect glazed donut. Kitchen-sink concoctions are fine, and thanks for that Voodoo Doughnuts tip since it will likely become a linchpin of a future vacation, but an exercise in exquisite refinement is something our children desperately need. Do it for the chirren!

  7. godfathersoul says:

    “he does it all with Adobe Photoshop 3.0 on Mac OS 7″
    … well, it just goes to show – tools maketh not the artist. One could have every updated version of everything and still not be able to produce crap. A really good artist will make due with whatever tools he has at his disposal.

    course i hope he’s gone out and updated his system now… tools maketh not the artist but a good artist with top-notch tools never hurts…

  8. travelina says:

    @Postliteracy: That’s the Homer Price story exactly! The video was made by Weston Woods Films in 1987 for their Children’s Circle literary series of adapting great children’s books for video, and you can borrow it from some public libraries or buy or rent it from Blockbuster:

  9. Anne K. says:

    Ha! I read this at the bookstore today! I always peruse the kid’s books for good nephew gifts. I thought this was cute but really liked Library Lion and reread my favorite of the past couple years, Monkey With A Toolbelt (which has the bonus of being by a local for me author).

  10. felsby says:

    I am underwhelmed by these commercial ad-style drawings. For heavens sake, get a pen! (or Wacom, if so inclined)

  11. wolfiesma says:

    I’ve been very slow to embrace the computer-graphication of children’s lit. But this title went a long way to winning me over. The vibrant illustrations are so full of energy and life. The text is very rich and it really is fun to read. I hope he writes a bunch more.

  12. vespabelle says:

    My favorite doughnut-themed kids book is Mark Alan Stamaty’s Who Needs Donuts?

  13. grape blueprints says:

    My sons’ favorite doughnut related book is Laurie Keller’s wonderful Arnie The Doughnut. Ms. Keller has a very playful style and an amazing sense of humor that is both silly and sharp. Aside from the general narrative, there are so many asides drawn into the book’s artwork, a thorough reading becomes a mini-performance at our house and always involves smiles and laughter.

    Sample: On the page that names all the different varieties of doughnuts, beside the painting and label of the Long John is a small line that says “I prefer Long Jonathan.” So awesome.

  14. Brookie3000 says:

    I thought I was going to be the only humbug to comment on the artwork being done on a computer…those illustrations are math, not art.

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