Playful sound nods to the reader ("How did you get that giant box in my kitchen?" "It's a comic book. Don't worry about it!") and sing-song dialogue add another layer of sensory depth that can't help but bring to mind Saturday-morning cartoons of yesteryear. And though at times the color palette (all oranges and yellows) can cause some perspective confusion, there is rarely more than one character speaking per panel, which, speaking from experience, is a real plus for novice comics readers. Comics, after all, is a visual medium, and the stars that circle over a concussed character's head can tell just as much of a story as an exclamation of "Ouch!" or speech bubbles that go back and forth between characters again and again and again.
Though Eliopoulos is clearly adept at creating an auditory dimension to his work, I was likewise impressed by his choice of dialogue. This is clearly a comic with young readers in mind, but his word choice is anything but childish, again recalling cartoons like "Loony Tunes" in which the creators clearly respect the viewer's ability to decipher sophisticated words (at least, sophisticated for eight year-olds) by using context clues. Sure, the average reader of Okie Dokie Donuts may not know what "patisserie" means, but one look at a character's wild gesticulations can give clues to its meaning that are easy enough to pick up.
Okie Dokie Donuts is a ton of fun. Highly recommended for ages 6-10.
Want to check it out for yourself? You can check out a preview of Okie Dokie Donuts over at Good Comics for Kids.