Dot. by Randi Zuckerberg
Illustrated by Joe Berger
Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Imagination & Play
Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3
Date Published: November 5th, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s
Dot, a confident and spunky girl, is obsessed with technology but soon learns that the world around her can be just as fun and there’s room for everything.
Dot knows a lot.
She knows how to tap…to swipe…to share…
And she pays little attention to anything else, until one day Dot sets off on an interactive adventure with the world surrounding her.
Dot’s tech savvy expertise mingled with her resourceful imagination proves Dot really does know lots and lots.
I had the opportunity to get my hands on an Art Not Final Advanced copy of Dot. and then later a real deal hardcover by social media expert Randi Zuckerberg and I am intrigued and overall delighted. AT first I was hesitant reading it as we do not really allow our littles into technology – no matter how cute or easily they pick it up. However, this book is adorably cute and the message is sound. Yes, learn and play with the tech, but then go unplug! Very modern and appropriate for this generation.
Edit to add: After posting my review I went and read some other reviews and feel like I need to add more to my thoughts to share. In my experience with this book I do not find it to be Dot abandoned and left alone with only technology for entertainment. I see it as her imagination running wild imitating what she sees from the world around her as in her world (with a social media guru parent!) technology is definitely around and available. But the overall message of the book is not “oh look what this young child can do” it’s the fact that even with technology getting outside, playing classic games, and with friends is even more important and fun is to be found.
It is my opinion reading the overall negative reviews, that the idea of technology with a child has hit a nerve and I’m not sure those reviewers got even past the first half of the book. The “overall” message is definitely sound. Go play!
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Randi Zuckerberg is the CEO and Founder of Zuckerberg Media, a tech-savvy production company, and Editor-in-Chief of Dot Complicated, a modern lifestyle newsletter and blog. Previously, she served as the Marketing Director of Facebook for six years, where she pioneered live streaming initiatives and struck groundbreaking deals with ABC (the first online-offline presidential debates) and CNN (to cover Barack Obama’s inauguration). Randi was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2011 and was also ranked among the “50 Digital Power Players” by the Hollywood Reporter and as one of the “New Leaders” by Variety. As a loving mom to her two-year-old son and a proud new aunt, she hopes to share this book with the children of this modern generation (and their parents!). Randi lives with her husband Brent and son Asher in Silicon Valley.