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PreS-Gr 2-In a world in which human and robot families live together, Doug is a robot. As his parents leave for work, they plug him in so he can download lots of facts. One day, while learning about the big city, he decides to unplug from his program and experience it firsthand. With his red power pack allowing him to fly, he scatters a flock of pigeons and zooms up to the top of a skyscraper to view his surroundings. He explores the subway; walks among people on the crowded streets; and experiences other sights, sounds, and smells. He plays with a human boy in the park. Best of all, he now knows how to show his mother and father he loves them by greeting them with a big hug, just as his new friend did when he was reunited with his parents. Doug is an engaging, bright-yellow child with a black antenna sprouting from the top of his head. Computer-circuit spreads on muted backgrounds indicate his robotic nature while he is home. Yaccarino uses bright, solid colors and lots of white space for Doug's unplugged exploration scenes to illustrate his childlike exuberance as he finally takes part in the world around him. This charming title shows the importance of balance between virtual andreal-life experiences.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Yaccarino’s gentle humor, whimsy, and panache is on full display in this picture book celebrating the difference between virtual and real-life learning. Young Doug is a robot who is plugged in by his parents every morning so that he can absorb as many facts as possible. Happy downloading, his dad calls as he heads to work, leaving Doug to learn all about cities. What looks like it might be a tale of parental pressure on young students instead turns into a cheerful story of discovery. Doug has no sooner downloaded vital statistics about pigeons when he sees a live one on the windowsill. Bot follows bird, and the fun begins. Yaccarino’s illustrations are deceptively simple in their generous use of primary colors and bold lines; they invest the story with tangible vibrancy. The expression of sheer joy as Doug, all wide-mouthed enthusiasm, scatters a flock of pigeons or plays with a new friend is enough to convince any reader that unscripted learning is still the most satisfying way to plug into the world around us. Preschool-Grade 1. --Kara Dean
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375866434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375866432
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dan has written and illustrated over three dozen children's books and has had the pleasure of working with some of the most prestigious names in children's literature, including Margaret Wise Brown, Jack Prelutsky, Kevin Henkes and Patricia MacLaughlin. Dan has also had the honor of being invited to the White House to share his books and to participate in the annual Easter festivities.

Dan has created and produced Nickelodeon's animated series, Oswald, as well as Willa's Wild Life and is the character designer behind Nickelodeon's The Backyardigans.

Currently, Dan is writing and illustrating more books and is developing more television as well as feature film projects.

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By Psyche on March 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Doug Unplugged is adorable. It is such a sweet, gentle, loving story that you can't help but say "awwww" when reaching the end of it. Yes, it does end with a hard-to-miss moral, facts vs. experience, but the conclusion is endearing rather than annoying. And it's about a robot. Little boys really like robots.

Dan Yaccarino's artwork is always exceptional: Engaging, colorful, timeless and adorable. Just like the story of Doug Unplugged.
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By D. D. Criddle on January 6, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Cool interactive buttons in the e book. Good for kids 9 and under. My nine year old loved it! Fun book.
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By Deb on September 3, 2013
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We love this book. We love books by Dan Yaccarino! We are going to download more! This is a Great book!
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My kids LOVE this book. We found it at the library, and we are going to buy it because it's become such a favorite in our house.

It's a great story about a robot named Doug who plugs in every day to learn as much as he can about the world. What he learns, though, is that you discover more about the world from actually being in it and exploring. He has to "unplug" to have real adventures.

In a technology age, where kids are constantly "plugged in" to educational online content, it's a great reminder that the really valuable learning doesn't come from a computer or ipad, but rather from experiencing life in the real world.

Fantastic and cute book!
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By Amy Chused on January 13, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My almost 2 year old twins chant, "Doug Unplugged" and drag this out of the book pile when I tell them to pick a book for me to read. It's cute.

I skim over all the city facts ... I usually read 2 or 3 of them before moving onto the rest of the book, but the kids love it, and that's what matters to me.
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By M. Heiss on July 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The map/circuit board page is the best.

The rest of the book is a little Jetson-ish. We love the graphics, but the story itself is not that interesting. After you've read it once...

I would recommend you get this from the library BEFORE you purchase.
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