Checkers and Dot

Checkers and Dot

by J. Torres
     
 

Welcome to the wonderfully patterned world of Checkers and Dot! This sweet and striking series of board books has been designed especially for babies and tots. With high-contrast, patterned art for developing eyes, simple but memorable rhyming text for reading aloud, and cute-as-a-button characters, J. Torres and J. Lum have created engaging first books that little

Overview

Welcome to the wonderfully patterned world of Checkers and Dot! This sweet and striking series of board books has been designed especially for babies and tots. With high-contrast, patterned art for developing eyes, simple but memorable rhyming text for reading aloud, and cute-as-a-button characters, J. Torres and J. Lum have created engaging first books that little ones and their loved ones will want to cozy up with and read again and again. A simple, sturdy, and stylish new series for those just beginning to look, listen, and learn.

Checkers and Dot begins with a hello and introduces the title characters and their pets, as well as patterns and shapes, before we say good-bye.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Checkers, a boy wearing a checkerboard vest, and Dot, a girl in a polka-dot jumper, star in a lively primer on patterns: “Say ‘hello’ to Checkers./ Say ‘hello’ to Dot./ This is their cat, Stripesy./ This is their dog, Spot.” Newcomer Lum keeps things simple with a b&w palette and crisp illustrations whose pared-down, geometric aesthetic has a dash of Hello Kitty; patterns also appear in the background of each spread, emphasizing the concept. Checkers and Dot introduce select animals in Checkers and Dot at the Zoo, available simultaneously. Up to age 4. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
“We love the look of Checkers and Dot, a new series of board books specially designed to be visually appealing to babies….”
The 49th Shelf

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Studies have shown that very young babies cannot distinguish colors and that black and white images have the most appeal. In this board book, which is black and white, there is also an introduction to patterns—checks and dots. They are represented by a boy named Checkers, who wears a shirt that looks like a checkerboard, and a little girl in a black and white polka dotted dress whose name appropriately is Dot. They have a cat named Stripsey and yes it is a striped black and white cat featured on a bordered page that resembles piano keys. But there is more because the kids have a dog named Spot and of course he has black and white spots. They are all shown on the following spreads and all say goodbye on the final spread. One would assume that this book is aimed at older readers since the lesson here is recognition and naming of patterns, which would be beyond the capabilities of infants. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Kirkus Reviews
In black and white with striped, dotted and checkerboard patterns, this board book seems made to order for developing newborn eyes, but the attempt is misguided. True to their names, Checkers, a young boy, wears a checked shirt, and Dot, a little girl, wears a polka-dot dress. Readers are introduced to these characters as well as their pets, a cat named Stripesy and a dog named Spot. The next spread, divided into quarters, encourages little ones to look at the patterns on each character more closely, but the designs and the faces of each character are far too small for very young babies to focus on. Most books for the birth-to-3-month set eschew creating characters as it is so hard to do in such a limited color palette and truly unnecessary for babies still learning they have a separate identity from their caregivers. In the sequel, Checkers and Dot at the Zoo, the boy and girl see a panda, zebra, penguin and gorilla placed against more high-contrast backgrounds of stripes, lines and swirls. A larger image of each animal would have served as a better introduction. While there is little doubt the high-contrast patterns will hold the gaze of newborns, the real question is if the small images of the characters will have any meaning for them. (Board book. 0-6 mos.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770494411
Publisher:
Tundra
Publication date:
10/23/2012
Series:
Checkers and Dot Series
Pages:
16
Sales rank:
1,249,818
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 3 Years

Meet the Author

J. TORRES is best known as the writer of the Eisner Award nominated Alison Dare graphic novels and the Shuster Award winning comic book series, Teen Titans Go! When he became a dad, he was inspired to create this series for the littlest readers. J. Torres lives in Whitby, Ontario.

J. LUM is an Eisner Award nominated designer who sometimes explores being an illustrator. She has led graphic publishing workshops for post-secondary and continuing education programs. The Checkers and Dot series is her first foray into the world of children’s book illustration. J. Lum lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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