Monday, February 24, 2014

Picture Book Monday with a review of Dot

I freely confess here that I love using my computer, tablet, and phone to connect with others and to gather information. I do indeed feel lost if I am not able to look something up with just a tap or two on a screen. However, I am not so much of an addict that I need to be plugged into the digital world all the time. I love being out and about in the real world as well.

In this picture book we meet a little girl who loves her gadgets so much that she ends up getting a case of digital overload.

Randi Zuckerberg
Illustrated by Joe Berger
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Random House UK, 2013, 978-0-857-53396-8
Dot knows how to do a lot of things, especially when it comes to using technology. She knows how to use a computer, tablet, and phone to surf, swipe, share, search, tweet and tag. She knows how to use these devices to do something that she loves to do; to talk. Dot talks and talks so much that eventually Dot gets “talked out.”
   Dot’s mother decides that what Dot needs is to go outside to “Reebot! Recharge! Restart!” It is time for Dot to connect with the world in a different way, but does Dot remember how to be an unplugged little girl?
   In this delightfully clever picture book we meet a little girl who is very skilled when it comes to using electronic devices. The hard part is that she also needs to remember that there is more to life than living in a virtual world. There is a real world to be enjoyed too.
   With a minimal text and expressive artwork, this picture book conveys a message that we all need to hear once in a while.

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