Arnie the Doughnut
Intelligent doughnuts and the implications thereof.
What. What the. I don't. I don't even understand. This is. So weird. The art style reminds me of The Stinky Cheese Man, very stylized. What. I can't even.
Okay, so the story is there's a doughnut. The doughnut is intelligent and can talk. Apparently, all doughnuts are intelligent and can talk. Somebody buys him and tries to eat him, and he's like, "What the--? Don't eat me! I don't want to be eaten!" And then the man tells him that he eats doughnuts all the time, and the doughnut says, "That's scary! I need to make sure all the other doughnuts at the bakery know." And then he calls the bakery and the baker's like, "Yeah, that's what doughnuts are for. I'll make sure that it's okay with all the other doughnuts." And he asks the other doughnuts, and the other doughnuts say, "Yeah! Sure! That sounds good! That's what we're for! We're delicious!" And apparently this doughnut is the only doughnut that doesn't want to be eaten. The man clearly doesn't want to eat him, now, since he doesn't want to be eaten. But they can't figure out what to do with him. Eventually he decides to treat him like a dog and keep him as a pet.
I really don't. Wow. This is so surreal and strange. I don't even. I am almost at a loss for words. I don't think it would upset children. I don't think children would understand the implications of this. Maybe I'm just weird-- no. No. The book is definitely weird. It's not me. But I think it's one of those things you're not supposed to think about too much. It makes me think of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams, where they have bred a species of animal that enjoys being eaten. It's very strange.