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by Randi Zuckerberg, Joe Berger (Illustrator)

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Meet Dot in this debut picture book by Randi Zuckerberg! Dot's a spunky little girl well versed in electronic devices. Dot knows a lot. She knows how to tap . . . to swipe . . . to share . . . and she pays little attention to anything else, until one day Dot sets off on an interactive adventure with the world surrounding her. Dot's tech-savvy expertise, mingled


Meet Dot in this debut picture book by Randi Zuckerberg! Dot's a spunky little girl well versed in electronic devices. Dot knows a lot. She knows how to tap . . . to swipe . . . to share . . . and she pays little attention to anything else, until one day Dot sets off on an interactive adventure with the world surrounding her. Dot's tech-savvy expertise, mingled with her resourceful imagination, proves Dot really does know lots and lots.

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Publishers Weekly
Zuckerberg (yes, she’s related) debuts with a story of digital overload that delivers its message with zest and good humor. Dot keeps her frizzy blue hair in place with pink barrettes, wears a frilly dress, and has social media covered. Pictured in front of her laptop and tablet, Dot “knows how to tap” (on a keyboard), “to touch” (the screen of her tablet), “to tweet” (with a mouse), “and to tag” (in front of the laptop again). Dot Skypes, texts, and gabs on her cell phone, and when she burns out on technology, her mother kicks her outdoors with specific instructions: “Time to reboot! Recharge! Restart!” Dot doesn’t resist. There’s lots to do in her sunny, flower-studded neighborhood: “Dot remembers... to tap” (dance), “to touch” (tall sunflowers), “to tweet” (she whistles), “and to tag.” Berger (Princess in Training) mines the 1960s for his sherbet-colored spreads, from Dot’s midcentury modern living room to the fluffy terrier that follows her around. It’s an instructive, cheerful tale that doesn’t hit readers over the head with heavy-duty moralizing. Ages 4–8. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Lauren Brown
Dot is a young girl living in the digital age. Just like most contemporary children, Dot loves to use technology, including a computer, cell phone, iPad, and television. But she has a problem: after too much screen time, she is “all talked out.” Dot’s mom tells her to go outside and “reboot, recharge, and restart.” Once outside, she remembers all the things she loves to do. She plays with friends, surfs down a hill, swings, and paints. Berger’s illustrations pop off the page and have a cartoon feel with bright colors and bold lines. These illustrations during the times Dot is on technology are reminiscent of those from the 60’s and 70’s, and have a retro feel. The contrast between Dot’s inside world and her outside world is immediately recognizable and mirror the message of the book. Berger highlights the fun of outside with beautifully bright flowers, gorgeous sunlight, and cheery paint colors. On the final page, we see Dot return to what we assume is her home, and instead of holding her technology, she sits on the floor with pictures of her outdoor adventures! In the final illustration, Dot seems to say, “Get out, reboot, recharge, restart, and have fun!” Reviewer: Lauren Brown; Ages 5 to 9.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—In this heavy-handed picture book, halted rhyming text introduces readers to a child who spends a lot of time with electronic devices. "This is Dot. Dot knows a lot. She knows how to tap…to touch…to tweet…and to tag." Cartoon illustrations with bright pinks and yellows show her happily moving from phone to laptop to tablet and back while a loyal little dog vies unsuccessfully for her attention. At the height of the story, readers learn that Dot loves to talk (and talk) through a phone or a screen, but the page turn finds Dot collapsed at the end of a string of devices. Her mother then propels her outside and the text repeats, "Outside…Dot remembers…to tap…to touch…to tweet…and to tag," with the visuals paralleling how these verbs function in the physical world. The story has a clear message, but the construction of the narrative is awkward, confusing, and overburdened with ellipses.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Dot is tech-savvy. Dot really likes using her many devices--all the time. But one day, after Dot appears to have overdone it, her mother tells her to go outside and reboot--which leads to a surprising discovery. Zuckerberg--CEO of her own media company and sister of Facebook's CEO Mark--is all too aware of the impact of technology on children's lives. With this title, she shows a respect for kids' interest and skill with technology but also illustrates the value in going out to interact with others. In the first half of the book, readers see Dot "tap" on a keyboard, "touch" a screen, "tweet" at a desktop computer and "tag" by using a mouse. She also "knows how to surf… / to swipe… / to share… / and to search." The second half of the book utilizes the same terms, but this time, Dot is happily tap dancing, touching a sunflower, whistling or tweeting like a bird, playing a game of tag with diverse friends and swiping paint to create a picture. Berger uses both traditional and digital media to portray a confident, squiggly-haired girl dressed in a pink, polka-dot dress enthusiastically immersed in whatever activity she chooses. On the pages where Dot is glued to a device, he limits the palette to bright pinks and oranges that contrast sharply with the remaining white space. Once she exits the house, walking like a sleepwalker, the spreads take on more color, with pale greens, blues and yellows. The story is a bit slight, but many parents who struggle with tech-obsessed kids will appreciate the message. Like it or not, Dot is truly a modern child navigating online and in person with equal success. (Picture book. 4-7)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 10.26(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Randi Zuckerberg is the CEO and founder of Zuckerberg Media, a tech savvy production company, and editor-in-chief of Dot Complicated, a modern lifestyle community and blog. She was an early employee of Facebook where she pioneered live streaming initiatives and struck groundbreaking deals with ABC and CNN. She has been nominated for an Emmy and is ranked among the "50 Digital Power Players" by the Hollywood Reporter. Zuckerberg is the author of Dot., an illustrated children's book about a spunky little girl obsessed with electronic devices. She lives with her husband, Brent, and son, Asher, in Silicon Valley.

Joe Berger is a children's author, illustrator, and cartoonist. In 2011 he was a winner of Booktrust's Best New Illustrators Award. He also makes prize-winning animated short films and title sequences and is cocreator of the Berger & Wyse food cartoon. Joe was the official illustrator for World Book Day 2010. He lives in Bristol, England, with his wife and three daughters.

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Dot 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although this book my look like a children's picture book, there is actually a bigger meaning it is trying to portray. Dot at first is immersed in the world of electronics but realizes that she should be outside playing with friends. Dot learns that she can widen her range of personality. She in the end finds a balance between electronics and getting outside. This is exactly what the book is trying to say. Electronics have begun to consume the world and people need to realize that they need to get outside and exercise. Of course they don't have to fully leave their electronics but find a balance between the two. This book is overall a great learning experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a gift for my sister. She loved it.Special book for anyone named Dot(Dorothy)