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.
Dan Yaccarino's funny story of robot rebellion is a great reminder that sometimes the best way to learn about the world is to go out and be in it.
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.