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From the Back Cover

Meet Dot!

She's a spunky little girl obsessed with electronic devices.

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.

About the Author

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 community and blog. She was an early employee of Facebook where she pioneered live streaming initiatives and struck groundbreaking deals with ABC and CNN. She has been nominated for an Emmy and is ranked among the "50 Digital Power Players" by the Hollywood Reporter. Zuckerberg is the author of Dot., an illustrated children's book about a spunky little girl obsessed with electronic devices. She lives with her husband, Brent, and son, Asher, in Silicon Valley.

Joe Berger is a children's author, illustrator, and cartoonist. In 2011 he was a winner of Booktrust's Best New Illustrators Award. He also makes prize-winning animated short films and title sequences and is cocreator of the Berger & Wyse food cartoon. Joe was the official illustrator for World Book Day 2010. He lives in Bristol, England, with his wife and three daughters.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062287516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062287519
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have spent a great deal of time considering what I would write here as a review for this book which I find very important.
First of all, a little bit about me: I'm a practicing pediatrician with 25 years experience who spends a lot of time trying to battle the issues with overuse of electronic devices and childhood obesity. I host an event in my town called Playing Unplugged. Of course it is all about getting kids away from their electronic devices and back outside getting exercise. Last year we had almost 18,000 people come to this event.

Now, on to the book. What I find interesting here is the other reviews i have read, from people who obviously spend one minute looking at a book and then make a judgment. It is ridiculous that people decide to buy a book based on a few words written here. It's crazy that an author can often have a book be successful or not based on the opinions of others. Of course, that is the society in which we live.

You might ask me what I often think the purpose of a book is... any book. I think the best thing a book can do for us is to start a dialogue; to get a group of people together to talk about issues that were present in the book and expand them to what is going on in their own lives. A perfect example of this is book clubs. One of the greatest things going on in this country now is groups of people who get together after reading the same book to discuss them and the issues of the day. I think that's fantastic. My point in this is that I believe this particular book can start a dialogue as well. Of course it is a very simply written book for children.
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It’s troubling how a cutesy clever-ish book can get it so wrong. You might wonder why a book for 4-8 year olds, intended to caution against too much tech, is based on a little girl (age 5 or 6) who is described as tech “obsessed” and “pays little attention to anything else.” Ask yourself, How can that be? Where are her parents? What parent would allow a very young child to use InfoTech without supervision, as Dot is doing throughout this book? Why does the front cover show her holding an iPad?

The book’s ill-conceived outline shows a girl whose indoor life is lived alone and with shiny tech devices that little kids don’t own. She apparently does not sing, read, or play with toys inside. Dot is pictured with a cellphone next to her ear, something that doctors such as Sanjay Gupta of CNN advise is not safe for young kids. What’s more, a 6 year old does not “share” online as Dot is pictured to be doing on a laptop. (The author, a former Facebook executive, should know better to suggest this.) A little girl, unsupervised, would be vulnerable to various online threats.

On the pages where Dot is indoors and “loves to talk, and talk, and talk,” she is alone with IT devices. There’s no one else there. Why are there no adults pictured in the book? Why is all that Dot knows described in tech terms—is her vocabulary that thin? And does Dot really engage nothing but tech while indoors? While outdoors, why are her activities described with tech words?

This book presents little children as “tech savvy” iKids, as if this is what they need to be. The concept is flawed and lacking in knowledge of early developmental needs. The smiles on Dot’s face are deceiving; she passes out from tech overdose! Is this a laudable way to approach tech moderation?
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I am an early child development researcher. I strongly discourage anyone from purchasing (and hence supporting) this book for the following reasons:

(1) Just because information technology has proliferated our society does not mean it is natural, healthy, or appropriate for young children in Dot's age range (4-8 years) to be mindlessly playing with smart phones or tablets. It is irresponsible to convey the message that it is a productive use of young children's time, when it is so obviously not.

The plot twist where Dot's parent requests her to go outside to 'recharge' seems at first glance to be a nod to the importance of tech moderation or 'balance'. But, in doing so, Zuckerberg implies, first, that Dot's information technology use is ok so long as it's done indoors only (wrong!) and, second, that young children should have access to information technology in the first place (also wrong!).

(2) As parents, our job is to shield young children from information technology in the early years of life, not encourage it. Just where does Dot get her tech devices? She cannot afford them on her own, so her parent must be purchasing them for her. This sets the wrong precedent about our role as parents of young children: Parents as addiction enablers, not protectors.

(3) Today's technology will not be tomorrow's. There is absolutely no 'leg up' given by providing young children access to information technology that will soon be obsolete.

(4) It is unbelievable that an author thinks it's a good idea to convey the message that Dot can only effectively interact with the outside world using the skills she's gained by playing with her smart phone and tablet.
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