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Comment: Ex-library book. The item is fairly worn but continues to work perfectly. Signs of wear can include aesthetic issues such as scratches, dents, and worn corners. All pages and the cover are intact, but the dust cover may be missing. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting, but the text is not obscured or unreadable.
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Dot Hardcover – August 30, 2011

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"Children will encounter ample ways to interact with this incredibly elegant, clever, and delightful concept book." --School Library Journal (Starred Review)


“Ever stop to consider what an expressive, malleable entity a dot can be? Graphic designer Intriago opens with an interplay of colors, simple lines, and dots that lays out some familiar conventions in contrasting pairs.” ―BCCB

“I'm guessing the graphics are what will initially attract folks to Dot. They are understated and perfect. But for me, the real revelation is the subtle and clever text. Classic Ruth Krauss comes to mind and I can't help giggling every time I read it.” ―Lane Smith, author of It's a Book

“Patricia Intriago's Dot is absolutely wonderful as it combines charm, humor and graphic design at its best. It made me smile!” ―Laura Vaccaro Seeger, author of The Hidden Alphabet

“…this is simple, surprising graphic design that will wake up even jaded readers to the creative possibilities inherent in the most basic of shapes.” ―Booklist Online

“On a purely artistic level, it's all about perception, how we can see the same thing differently depending on context and composition. Intriago's accompanying text helps us share her vision, but it also serves to keep us a little off-center, as she offers a few predictable rhymes but avoids others. Just when you think you know what the circle is going to do, it goes and hides behind a square.” ―Horn Book Magazine

“Children will encounter ample ways to interact with this incredibly elegant, clever, and delightful concept book.” ―School Library Journal, starred review

“The delightful bits are Intriago's mid-book leaps away from her own setup. Out of the blue, photographed human hands appear to poke a hard and a soft dot, and "Got dots"--a Dalmatian photo--contrasts with "Not dots"--a zebra. These diversions are surprisingly funny.” ―Kirkus

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Dot's a splendid and unexpected book.
-- Milton Glaser, graphic designer




I'm guessing the graphics are what will initially attract folks to Dot. They are understated and perfect. But for me, the real revelation is the subtle and clever text. Classic Ruth Krauss comes to mind and I can't help giggling every time I read it.
-- Lane Smith, author of It's a Book



Sometimes less is more (and inspiring + funny on top of that).
-- Christoph Niemann, author of I LEGO N.Y.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374318352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374318352
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dot, Patricia Intriago's first book, is the latest in a long line of books that do what the children's books do best: facilitate the elementary learning between a child and the person who is the child's first teacher - a parent. Intriago's book helps set forth a foundation for future learning and thought development as the pages serve as a potential springboard for playful discussion between parent and child on other contrasting examples of "Dots" from their own world that are not featured in the book.

Purchase the book and use it to begin interactive and fun educational moments with your child. A child's successful appreciation of education begins at home by engaging them in the wonder of learning, thinking and imagination. I believe Dot by Patricia Intriago is the first step on that wonderous road.
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I am not a designer, artist, author or anything of the sort, but I am a father of small children and my wife and I are very picky about the content of the books our children look at and read. At least one reviewer commented that this book can be put together by almost anyone, but I see a distinction in the simplicity I see in this book and a simplemindedness that perhaps this reviewer sees. In my experience, simplicity can be a very powerful tool in that by the very constraints it uses (constraints that purposely limit content in order to avoid being overly complex), it can be a powerful way to promote creativity, inviting the reader (or viewer) to participate in the story. Many books, cartoons, and art elicit nothing from the child except consent--consent to what has already been clearly defined by the detailed pictures and graphics. But simplicity calls something forth from the child. For instance, one two page spread in this book has a large black dot on each opposing page. The dots are the same except that the one on the left has a small red dot in the upper right, and the dot on the right has a brown patch (shaped like a Band-Aid) over that same area. The captions read: “Hurt dot” for the one on the left, and “Heal dot” for the other. My four year old, who cannot read, looked at the one with the red dot, and then at the other, and said, “Oh, it has an owie!” Through the use of simple colors and shapes, a child can actually feel something that isn’t necessarily clearly defined by complex graphics or art. I personally think this book does a fairly good job of that, but at the same time doesn’t fall into the trap of abstract art. It uses familiar shapes and colors that already have meaning for us.Read more ›
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My two year old daughter is enthralled by this book, it has really made an impression on her. The images seem very simple but they really get her talking and making connections. From an adult perspective it is understated and tempting to just overlook but I'm really happy with it and so is she.
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I love this book and look forward to "reading" it with my grandchildren. There is so much a child can learn in this book with the simple graphics. Yes, it is clever, but it is full of content too. It's a wonderful tool to learn basic concepts that are so important for young children.
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DOT is a super-fun, super-engaging book that my twin 3 year old boys request almost nightly. As a mom, I appreciate its simple, yet intelligent design and storyline (not to mention the cool graphic elements), and I love that my boys read/talk along with me and act out many of the sequences. (We've developed sound effects for slow and fast dot...heavy and light dots, etc...)DOT is one of the rare books that we ALL enjoy reading together as a family, and it's one of our favorite ways to cap off a full day.
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A dot can be many things. It can be full or hungry, loud or quiet, green or red and many many other things. When you change a dot's color, shape or texture the world opens before a child's eyes and the dot that was simply a dot before now becomes something entirely different.

For obvious reasons (the cover) when I initially picked up Dot by Patricia Intriago I thought it was going to be a play on Press Here by Hervé Tullet, which would be nothing short of a compliment as we also love that book as well, but this was completely different. Intriago takes a simple shape, a dot, and turns it into an object that children can relate to.

To be honest, I wasn't completely sold on this book until I sat down with Littlebug to read it. The way she lit up when we opened the first page to a bright yellow dot was priceless. "Sun!" was what she said but she immediately shaped her hands above her head and grinned knowing she'd just transformed herself into her version of the huge yellow sphere in the sky. From that point on it only got better and better. With each page she would act out with me every emotion & action and by the time we got to the last page she asked to read it again. Which anyone who reads with children will know is worth it's weight in gold when it comes to good and bad books, with Dot obviously falling in the "great" category.

With it's minimalistic illustrations and basic text most readers would think Dot is a book that young readers would turn away from, but you'd be completely wrong. Dot by Patricia Intriago is a huge hit in our home! Littlebug continually asks to read and reread Dot because it not only is interactive, but it's one she can express herself through. Dot helps young readers learn emotions and feelings in a very basic way, but one that will have children's imaginations reeling as they turn the pages.

My original review was posted at There's A Book.
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