Cover image for Doug unplugged
Title:
Doug unplugged
Author:
Yaccarino, Dan, author, illustrator.
Publication Information:
Holland, OH : Dreamscape Media, LLC, [2013?]

©2013
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (6 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Doug is a robot. His parents want him to be smart, so each morning they plug him in and start the information download. After a morning spent learning facts about the city, Doug suspects he could learn even more about the city by going outside and exploring it. What follows is an exciting day of adventure and discovery. Doug learns amazing things by doing and seeing and touching and listening. And above all, by interacting with a new friend.
General Note:
Title from web page.

Originally released as a motion picture in 2011.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Age group 5-9.
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ISBN:
9780977709809
Format :
DVD

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Doug is a robot. His parents want him to be smart, so each morning they plug him in and start the information download. After a morning spent learning facts about the city, Doug suspects he could learn even more about the city by going outside and exploring it. And so Doug...unplugs. What follows is an exciting day of adventure and discovery. Doug learns amazing things by doing and seeing and touching and listening - and above all, by interacting with a new friend.


Summary

Sometimes the best way to learn about the world is to go out and be in it.--Doug is a robot. His parents want him to be smart, so each morning they plug him in and start the information download. After a morning spent learning facts about the city, Doug suspects he could learn even more about the city by going outside and exploring it. Doug learns amazing things by doing and seeing and touching and listening. And above all, by interacting with a new friend.


Author Notes

Artist and freelance illustrator Dan Yaccarino graduated from the Parsons School of Design in New York in 1987.

Yaccarino's work has appeared in periodicals such as Rolling Stone, Playboy and New York magazine. AT&T, Mount Gay Rum, Gardenburger and other companies have used his images and illustrations in their advertising.

In 1993, Yaccarino published his first children's book, Big Brother Mike, and has since written or illustrated almost twenty more children's books.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

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.--Dean, Kara Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Doug, a robot child who's a cross between Elroy Jetson and Rolie Polie Olie, plugs a cable into his belly button to process information. Marching out the door with their briefcases, his automaton parents wish him "Happy downloading!" Against a motherboard backdrop, readers see Doug accessing numerical data about his urban area ("There are 8,175,133.5 people living in the city"), until he notices an actual pigeon on his high-rise windowsill. A red jet-pack strapped to his back, Doug detaches from his electronic tether to join the pigeons and human crowds outside ("Doug knew that skyscrapers had strong steel frames.... But he was amazed by the view from the top of one! He could see everything!"). Ponder-ing how a seesaw works, Doug meets a human boy who asks, "Want to play?" This "wasn't in any of his downloads," and Doug learns about unquantifiable fun. Yaccarino's (All the Way to America) streamline-smooth illustrations-bright blocks of color defined by swooping black lines-conjure a playful contemporary environment; without preaching, he comments smartly on children's screen time and the necessity of outdoor play and exploration. Ages 5-9. Agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Doug is a young robot. Every day his parents plug him in and he downloads information about the world around him. On the day he is supposed to be learning about the city, Doug finds himself drawn out of his apartment and into the world he has been studying. He unplugs and discovers there's a lot more out there than facts and figures-life is a much richer experience when you add in sights, sounds, smells, and even a new friend. This enjoyable story by Dan Yaccarino (Knopf, 2013) has been crafted into a fun video with bouncy background music. Yaccarino's illustrations are a delight to examine up close, and Chris Patton reads the story in a rich, enthusiastic voice that nicely captures Doug's thrill in experiencing new things. Careful viewers will note that many of the facts Doug downloaded at the beginning of the book are echoed and amplified in his adventure. This is a gently sweet story with robots-sure to attract young boys. It's a fun way to take a new look at the world and to gain a greater appreciation of the difference between knowledge and application.-Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary, Federal Way, WA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.