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Author: McCloskey, Shanda
Charlotte has a talent for anything technological, so when she receives a doll as a present, she upgrades it with a few spare parts and some code to create a new and improved friend.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 1.80
Points: .5 Quiz: 197559
Kirkus Reviews (03/01/18)
School Library Journal (04/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/05/18)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 02/15/2018 Young Charlotte always has her head in the cloud. Not a cloud, the cloud—coding, tinkering, and manipulating all things electronic. One day, Mom gives her a doll: a strange human-shaped pillow that doesn’t do anything except sit there and stare. Perplexed, Charlotte tries getting Dolly to help build something or play video games, but no luck. Finally something does happen: Dolly says, “Ma-ma.” Realizing she must have a power source, Charlotte opens Dolly up and initiates vocabulary database improvements. Everything goes smoothly until the jealous dog grabs Dolly and rips her to shreds. Upset, Charlotte makes repairs, creating Doll-E 1.0. This new version is vastly improved, especially after Charlotte restores her cute little bright eyes. The final scene shows Doll-E 1.0 going for a remote-controlled stroller ride—courtesy of Mama Charlotte. The primary-color cartoon illustrations pop off of the pages, and the black-outlined characters (wonderfully expressive, spectacle-wearing Charlotte; benign Dolly) practically tell the story themselves. An enjoyable romp for readers, whether they’re plugged in or not. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 04/01/2018 PreS-Gr 2—Parents and children will enjoy this original take on the wired generation. Bespectacled Charlotte always has her head "in the cloud" as she tinkers with coding and downloading, teaches her parents how to use technology, and frolics with virtual reality, along with her faithful terrier, Blutooth. Concerned with her obsession, Charlotte's parents gift her an old-fashioned "mama" doll. When the "human shaped pillow" only sits and says one word, Charlotte takes it apart, discovers a power supply, and begins planning upgrades. Gradually getting more and more frustrated with lack of Charlotte's attention, Blutooth shreds the doll. Persistent Charlotte dons goggles and gloves, uses her spare parts collection, and creates Doll-E 1.0. Once the doll is more interactive, Charlotte enjoys her modified toy and Blutooth is happy it can take him for a run and offer biscuits. McCloskey's watercolor cartoons were edited in Photoshop. The pages are loaded with elements of Charlotte's zany collections. Her long electric blue hair, plaid dress, and yellow pearls are eye-catching. VERDICT McCloskey's picture book debut is not one to miss. A fun addition.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.