DOT UNPLUGGED, by Randi Zuckerberg, Illustrated by The Jim Henson Company, Candlewick Entertainment

Can Dot and her family make it through a rainy day without any tech?

It’s pouring rain, and the power’s gone out at Dot’s house. Should they take it as a challenge to honor the National Day of Unplugging? Playing outside is out of the question, and so is using the many devices Dot is accustomed to. But what might the basement hold? Dot, her friend Hal, Mom, Dad, and Scratch find lots of exciting stuff, including an old spinner game. It turns out it’s super fun to watch Dad do charades, Mom speed-sculpt from clay, Hal tweet-sing a song, and Dot hunt for something surprising. Their improvised game keeps them so entertained, they just might decide to stay unplugged a bit longer!

Out February 2020

32 Pages


I received this book in exchange for my honest reviews.

I found this book refreshing. Everything inside reflected on what I was just telling my own family we needed to do. Living in a technological world is often very absorbing and controlling. It is hard to set it all aside for a day off from technology, but we should.

This book tells the story of what happens when the power goes out preventing everyone from using their technological devices, like phones, video games… Now, they need to figure out what to do with power. It’s a tough adjustment for Dot but they find a board game that they play and enjoy for hours.

I like how there are unplugged ideas at the back of the book too.

I enjoyed this story and think it sends an important message to all families.

I gave it:

Five star rating – shiny golden stars

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