Donuthead Author:Sue Stauffacher Franklin Delano Donuthead is a fifth grader with a lot of problems: For starters, his last name is Donuthead. He considers himself handicapped because one arm and leg are shorter than the other (by less than half an inch), his mother is trying to poison him with non-organic foods (like salami), he doesn’t have a father, and Sarah Kervick, ... more »the new girl, who’s mean and totally unhygienic, is attached to him, warts and all, like glue.
This is a hilarious and touching novel featuring a neurotic, scared boy and a tougher-than-nails girl who each help the other in more ways than they can imagine. Sue Stauffacher has crafted characters full of wit and sensitivity, with a little anti-bacterial soap thrown in for good measure.
This is one of those children's books that adults would enjoy as much as the kids. I read it with my nine-year-old daughter, then I had my 11-year-old son read it, too. The main character, Donuthead, is the neurotic only child of a laid back single mom. He makes an unlikely friend who helps him lighten up, while he and his mom end up helping the friend out as well. I tend to be a worrier myself, so I cracked up at the lengthy descriptions of how Donuthead's safety-obsessed mind works.