Book review: The Hole Story of the Doughnut, by Pat Miller, illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch

Miller, Pat. The Hole Story of the Doughnut. Illus. Vincent X. Kirsch. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016. unp. $17.99. ISBN: 978-0-544-31961-5. Gr. 2+. P7 Q8

miller-hole-storyIn the year 1843, 13-year-old Hanson Gregory set sail as a cabin boy on board the Isaac Achorn. He went on to become the captain of the Ivanhoe in just 7 years. In 1846, at the age 16 he invented the doughy concoction that he called a sinker. Using a pepper can he cut a perfect hole in the center and threw it into a pan of hot oil, where he cooked it. Giving the idea to his mother, she was soon cooking dozens of these and selling them in her shop. What is great about this book are the tall tales the sailors would tell about how the doughnut was invented by their skipper. There is a photograph of Captain Gregory included at the end of the book. The illustrations have a comical feel as they portray the story of the invention of the doughnut. End matter includes an extensive bibliography, author’s note, and timeline. 

Verdict: A great biography for younger children.

November 2016 review by Carol Bernardi.


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