Dottyby Erica S. Perl
It’s Ida’s first day of school. She carries her new lunch box and a long, blue string with her special friend Dotty attached to it. A big, colorfully spotted pal with horns, Dotty just happens to be invisible. On that first day of school, Ida and Dotty find out there are plenty of other imaginary friends in attendance. But as the year passes and fewer
It’s Ida’s first day of school. She carries her new lunch box and a long, blue string with her special friend Dotty attached to it. A big, colorfully spotted pal with horns, Dotty just happens to be invisible. On that first day of school, Ida and Dotty find out there are plenty of other imaginary friends in attendance. But as the year passes and fewer and fewer imaginary friends come to class, Ida begins to wonder if Dotty is welcome at school anymore . . .
Perceptive and warmly funny, with charming art from exciting illustrator Julia Denos, Dotty is a celebration of the power of friendship and imagination.
"Denos’ colorful, stylish, mixed-media illustrations emphasize the sweetness, discovery, and common worries that come with leaving home and entering the wide world of school for the first time. An appealing story that merits repeat visits." —Booklist
"Denos's paintings are an unadulterated delight." —Publishers Weekly
"A charmer." —Kirkus Reviews
"This enjoyable tale of maturing at one’s own pace and on one’s own terms will resonate with children and parents alike." —School Library Journal
"This picture book will help young students overcome their nervousness and realize that everyone needs a friend. It would be a wonderful opening day read-aloud." —Library Media Connection
- Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
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- 10.80(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.46(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Erica S. Perl is the author of Chicken Bedtime Is Really Early and Chicken Butt! She lives in Washington, D.C. Visit her online at www.ericaperl.com.
Julia Denos studied illustration at the Art Institute of Boston and has published several acclaimed books for young readers. She lives in Quincy, Massachusetts. Visit her online at www.juliadenos.com.
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Did you ever have an invisible friend? It is Ida's first day of school. She takes her new lunch box and Dotty, her imaginary friend with horns and bright red spots. Other kids have special friends too, like Max's non-identical twins Pete and Repeat, Benny's buddy Spike with razor sharp teeth, and Katya's chattering Keekoo. But after winter holidays, Katya says that Keekoo is "for babies," though she still keeps her in her pocket. And by spring term, Ida is the only one who still brings someone. Her classmates start teasing her about Dotty, and Ida begins to wonder if Dotty is welcome any longer. Dotty is so angry that she even pushes Katya. Is there anything that Ida's teacher Ms. Raymond can do to help? Many children have imaginary friends. I know that I did when I was small, and both of my boys did too. Many youngsters also have back to school jitters, and author Erica S. Perl's relatable story will help to quell those jitters. And the colorful brush ink illustrations by Julia Denos will help young readers or listeners to visualize the events. Dotty is a story about imagination and loyalty that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt reluctant to part with an imaginary friend. I found it to be a charming picture book that children will enjoy.
Both my daughters (7 and 10) loved the story, though they may be a little older than the target demographic, they were both touched by the story of Ida and her imaginary friend Dotty. It is about growing up and the conflict that takes place as children start to let go to their childhood but realize its the best time they'll ever have. A charming friend like Dotty should convince any kid not to "grow up" too fast! The illustrations and sparkly cover are a gorgeous plus.