Book Review: Mr. Donut & Friends

Book cover of Mr. Donut and Friends

Mr. Donut and Friends: One day when I grow up, written and illustrated by Andrea Benko

After discovering Andrea Benko’s blog, where she posts lovely drawings, I learned that she has published two picture books. I was curious to see more of her work, so I bought the Kindle edition of One day when I grow up.

Thankfully, Covid-19 isn’t a part of this book, as none of the characters is wearing a mask when the new school year starts. Gary the Ghost is the teacher. He says that today, the class is going to explore various jobs. It’s a fun activity for these characters, and each is highlighted with a job and reason for focusing on that job.

A few examples: Spikey the Hedgehog could become a fashion designer, Finn the Shark a doctor, and Pando the Panda an astronaut.

The illustrations are very cute, and I can see how the details in the backgrounds would inspire young readers to spend time on those pages to investigate them. Such as the image of an arched bridge that’s behind Gary the Ghost, who enjoys painting. And the world map, dotted with icons, that’s on the wall next to a hotel’s reception desk.

The book’s last page asks, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Inspiration for grown-ups to have conversations with kids to chat about the many possibilities of jobs out there. The jobs in this book are a good starting point, and jobs beyond these could be discussed.

Check out Andrea Benko’s blog for her fun drawings!

6 thoughts on “Book Review: Mr. Donut & Friends

  1. How can I give 1 million likes on this post ?! 😉
    This is such a cute review and I am so happy you have noticed the details.
    That is exactly what I am hoping for: children to get lost in the drawings and finding a new element each time 🙂
    Thank you very much for the review, it made my day!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. You’re very welcome! It really is a sweet book, and I hope people read this review and buy it. I tried leaving a review on Amazon, but it was rejected because I put your blog’s URL in it. So I posted another review on Amazon, without the URL. Fingers crossed that will be accepted 🙂


      1. Leaving a reply on Amazon is like getting into Fort Knox these days. I don’t know why they make it so complicated.
        But thanks for the effort, I really appreciate it! 🙂

        I just re-blogged your post and noticed that you don’t have the correct web address linked.
        Something with “author” or “writer” in the link.
        Might be worth changing otherwise it is difficult for people to follow you. 🙂

        Click on your picture in the right top corner
        Go to Account Settings
        Change the web address.

        Hope that helps!

        Liked by 1 person

        1. Yipes! I didn’t realize that I had the wrong URL in the Account Settings. Thanks for telling me about that!

          Also, thanks for re-blogging my post — the visits to my blog bumped up a bit today 🙂

          I can understand Amazon being careful with reviews because of trolls and people using them to promote their own stuff. I’ve been able to leave other reviews, so I’ll try again if my second attempt is blocked. And I left a review on Goodreads, so that was easier. Have fun with your other drawing projects!


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