|Dot. unplugged (Dot)|
Can Dot and her family make it through a rainy day without any tech?
|Added Entry - Personal Name:||Zuckerberg, Randi|
Kirkus Reviews (10/15/19)
School Library Journal (02/01/20)
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School Library Journal - 02/01/2020 K-Gr 2—Dot and her family are digitally distracted and won't play with their dog, Scratch. Scratch is in luck: it's a stormy night and the power goes out. Without electricity to power their electronics, the family honors National Unplugged Day. They venture into the basement with flashlights to explore the dusty shelves. Scratch helpfully finds a spinner and the family uses their imagination to create a game. Having so much fun together, they do not want to stop for dinner. Brightly-colored digital illustrations of cartoonlike characters project an every-family appeal. The prose is mostly conversational and lesson-focused. The end pages contain more information about National Unplugged Day and suggestions for activities. Dot is also the star of an animated television series, where she uses technology in her adventures. VERDICT Zuckerberg sends an undisguised message to technology-mesmerized families: Put down the electronics occasionally, and take time to connect with others.—Mindy Hiatt, Salt Lake County Library Services - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 03/01/2020 It’s a rainy day, and pup Scratch wants to play, but everyone's too busy: kids Dot and Hal are playing video games, Dad’s on the computer, and Mom’s working on a circuit board—until the power goes out. Luckily, it's National Day of Unplugging, an opportunity to engage in “nothing that runs on anything but our good old imaginations,” which they all decide to try. But the group’s in the dark, in more ways than one, including figuring out how they’ll fill the time without electronic options. And though it’s initially difficult to find anything non-electronic to do, a flashlight exploration in the basement reveals some intriguing options, especially a board game, which proves inspirational and fun for all. Based on the picture-book character Dot, originally created by Randi Zuckerberg, this promotes the potential rewards of doing some “unplugging” from tech-based endeavors and devices, in a peppy, light fashion, which is helped along by the colorful, cartoony, digitally rendered illustrations. Appended are 50 suggestions for unplugged activities, such as making art or exploring nature. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.