FICTION

Dot Unplugged

Candlewick. Feb. 2020. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781536209839.
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K-Gr 2–Dot and her family are digitally distracted and won’t play with their dog, Scratch. Scratch is in luck: it’s a stormy night and the power goes out. Without electricity to power their electronics, the family honors National Unplugged Day. They venture into the basement with flashlights to explore the dusty shelves. Scratch helpfully finds a spinner and the family uses their imagination to create a game. Having so much fun together, they do not want to stop for dinner. Brightly-colored digital illustrations of cartoonlike characters project an every-family appeal. The prose is mostly conversational and lesson-focused. The end pages contain more information about National Unplugged Day and suggestions for activities. Dot is also the star of an animated television series, where she uses technology in her adventures.
VERDICT Zuckerberg sends an undisguised message to technology-mesmerized families: Put down the electronics occasionally, and take time to connect with others.

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