a “hole” lot of sweetness — for National Doughnut Day!


Today is National Doughnut Day! That oughta put a smile on your face!

Here in the Twin Cities, we’ve got some fairly scrumptious choices, including…

bogarts donuts

Bogart’s Doughnuts…

glam doll donuts

Glam Doll Donuts…

mojo monkey donuts

Mojo Monkey Donuts…


…or A Baker’s Wife where even if you don’t want a doughnut, you cannot go wrong.

What are the best doughnut shops in your neck of the woods?

With impeccable timing, my library delivered to my hold shelf this delightful story about the guy we have to thank for these holey treats.

the hole story of the doughnut cover image

The Hole Story of the Doughnut, by Pat Miller, illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch
published in 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Straight from the sugary cheer on the end-papers…

the hole story of the doughnut endpapers by vincent x kirsch

we launch into a story of ships and sailors and sinkers — the ill-fated predecessors of today’s doughnut — and of a genius move on the part of one Hanson Crockett Gregory when he was a cook’s assistant aboard the Ivanhoe.

the hole story of the doughnut illustration2 vincent kirsch

It’s a jolly good yarn, all true, well told by Pat Miller. She adds a few other tidbits of doughnut history at her story’s end, including the reason we celebrate National Doughnut Day — I bet you’ll be surprised!

Exceedingly clever illustrations feature pictures with the center hole removed, like this:

the hole story of the doughnut interior miller and hirsch

It’s a delightful, interesting tale for ages 3 and up, best read accompanied by some chocolate-frosted, color-sprinkled, custard-filled DOUGHNUTS!