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Doug Unplugged

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Publisher Comments:

Doug is a robot. His parents want him to be smart, so each morning they plug him in and start the information download. After a morning spent learning facts about the city, Doug suspects he could learn even more about the city by going outside and exploring it. And so Doug . . . unplugs. What follows is an exciting day of adventure and discovery. Doug learns amazing things by doing and seeing and touching and listening—and above all, by interacting with a new friend.

Dan Yaccarino's funny story of robot rebellion is a great reminder that sometimes the best way to learn about the world is to go out and be in it.

Review:

"Doug, a robot child who's a cross between Elroy Jetson and Rolie Polie Olie, plugs a cable into his belly button to process information. Marching out the door with their briefcases, his automaton parents wish him 'Happy downloading!' Against a motherboard backdrop, readers see Doug accessing numerical data about his urban area ('There are 8,175,133.5 people living in the city'), until he notices an actual pigeon on his high-rise windowsill. A red jet-pack strapped to his back, Doug detaches from his electronic tether to join the pigeons and human crowds outside ('Doug knew that skyscrapers had strong steel frames.... But he was amazed by the view from the top of one! He could see everything!'). Ponder-ing how a seesaw works, Doug meets a human boy who asks, 'Want to play?' This 'wasn't in any of his downloads,' and Doug learns about unquantifiable fun. Yaccarino's (All the Way to America) streamline-smooth illustrations — bright blocks of color defined by swooping black lines — conjure a playful contemporary environment; without preaching, he comments smartly on children's screen time and the necessity of outdoor play and exploration. Ages 5 — 9. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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About the Author

DAN YACCARINO is an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator with more than 30 books to his credit. Dan is also the creator of the animated TV series Oswald and Willa's Wild Life, and he designed the characters for The Backyardigans.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375866432
Author:
Yaccarino, Dan
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from K up to 4
Language:
English
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
10.34 x 8.51 x 0.35 in 0.76 lb
Age Level:
from 5 up to 9

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Product details 40 pages Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - English 9780375866432 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Doug, a robot child who's a cross between Elroy Jetson and Rolie Polie Olie, plugs a cable into his belly button to process information. Marching out the door with their briefcases, his automaton parents wish him 'Happy downloading!' Against a motherboard backdrop, readers see Doug accessing numerical data about his urban area ('There are 8,175,133.5 people living in the city'), until he notices an actual pigeon on his high-rise windowsill. A red jet-pack strapped to his back, Doug detaches from his electronic tether to join the pigeons and human crowds outside ('Doug knew that skyscrapers had strong steel frames.... But he was amazed by the view from the top of one! He could see everything!'). Ponder-ing how a seesaw works, Doug meets a human boy who asks, 'Want to play?' This 'wasn't in any of his downloads,' and Doug learns about unquantifiable fun. Yaccarino's (All the Way to America) streamline-smooth illustrations — bright blocks of color defined by swooping black lines — conjure a playful contemporary environment; without preaching, he comments smartly on children's screen time and the necessity of outdoor play and exploration. Ages 5 — 9. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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