A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Kids and parents are reminded to mix plugged-in time with other offline activities they enjoy. Simple text makes Dot. a good choice for a quick bedtime book.
Dot. shows that technology can be a valuable tool for kids when used in moderation but that kids also need time to play with friends, use their creativity, and be outside.
Positive Role Models
Dot is presented as a smart girl who's adept at using modern technology -- but also has a lot of imagination and leadership skills.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dot. is a cute and clever picture book about a little girl learning to balance her time spent on screens (computer, laptop) and high-tech devices (smartphone, tablet) with free play outdoors. Written by Randi Zuckerberg, the sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the company's former marketing director, Dot. is published in tandem with Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives, her book for adults. Dot. reminds kids -- and parents -- that technology can be a valuable tool but that kids also need time to play with friends, use their creativity, and be outside. Dot's a smart girl who's adept at using modern technology -- but also has a lot of imagination and leadership skills. The simple text makes this a good choice for a quick bedtime book.
Is It Any Good?
Zuckerberg cleverly contrasts Internet jargon such as "swipe," "search," and "share" with those verbs' original senses. For example, Dot "surfs" on a laptop and, later, uses her imagination to "surf" on a log outside her house. Some little kids might not understand all the tech terms -- such as "tweet" or "tag" -- but they'll get the point that Dot loves both technology and the wonders of fresh air and creative play.
Joe Berger's illustrations of Dot and her appropriately polka-dot pink dress, are warm and charming, and the picture of her dreamy, happy face when she feels fresh air again is simply priceless. Clever illustrations at the end showcase Dot blending her plugged-in and unplugged lives, such as sitting on a swing, using her phone to take a photo of her friends.
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