Book of the Week: Doug Unplugged

Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino

Published: 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

I like robots. And Doug is a robot!

Doug’s parents names are Rob Bot and Betty Bot. They are perfectly fitting for the blue and pink robot.

Just like most parents they want their little robot to be the smartest robot on he block. That’s why he’s plugged in and filled with knowledge and information.

Today’s particular lesson was about the city, and life within the city. Doug learned about things like: manholes, fire engines, trash cans, taxis, fire hydrants, subways, and even pigeons.

Doug looks quite content to be plugged in.

That is, until a pigeon shows up at Doug’s window – cooing and calling to him from the his own personal perch.

Doug has a real sense of curiosity. I love this aspect of him, and feel that author really captures a child’s natural sense of curiosity.

Doug wonders if he could learn in different ways. If he were to venture out into the wild city in which he lives would he learn more by experience?

Doug unplugged! And ventured into the city to explore and learn.

I love how this book shows that life and lessons are always surrounding us.

I love how Doug zips out the window, startling a flock of pigeons.

His first lesson was that if you fly into a flock, they get spooked and scatter.

The city is composed of many, many people. Different people, with different ideas and beliefs.

Doug discovers that the crowds make it difficult to see where you are going.

Flying isn’t Doug’s only mode of transportation – taking the subway is another. And he rides the subway like a seasoned pro.

Doug can fly higher than any pigeon he meets. So high, that he can see all of the city from where he was.

Some of the things Doug learned, unplugged: wet cement is squishy, sirens wail way too loudly, garbage is a smelly business, all sorts of things grow out of the cracks in the sidewalk, taxis will only stop if they are flagged down, and most of all part fountains make a perfect pool.

Doug’s downloaded lessons teach him a lot, but the one thing the lessons have never taught him is how to play.

But a little blue boy in the park teaches him all sorts of games like hide and seek, tag, sliding and swinging.

Doug also learns through his new little blue friend that friends help each other in time of need.

When the little blue boy realizes that he can’t find his parents, Doug flies his little friend high above the trees to help find his parents.

When Doug sees his friend hug his parents, he thinks about his own, and wants to hurry back to tell him all about his day in the city.

Doug’s best lesson of that day: “if you want to show your parents you love them, you should give them a great big hug. ”

I love how colorful this book is.

The illustrations are crisp, sharp, and really bring Doug to life.

The writing is strong and smart. It really is the reason why readers will flock to this book.

I love how this book is a book for everyone – it’s full of laugh out loud moments and moments of wonder and tenderness.

 

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