Unexpected bright spots and laughs roll right over the uneven text in this concept piece.
In bold yellow on a glossy blue background, a clean shape introduces itself: "Dot." Next are "Stop dot" and "Go dot," predictably red and green. A "[l]oud" Pac-manâ€“esque dot sits across from its "quiet" counterpart, which is similar but has a tiny mouth. A dot missing a jagged bite is "yummy," while its partner, similarly bitten but with the bite lying nearby as if spit out, "tastes bad." Weaker pairs glean definition only through heavy-handed contrast. Some dots are abstract: A shy dot's mostly missing, as if hiding behind a white square, but because the background's also white, the square must be inferred. The delightful bits are Intriago's mid-book leaps away from her own setup. Out of the blue, photographed human hands appear to poke a hard and a soft dot, and "Got dots"â€”a Dalmatian photoâ€”contrasts with "Not dots"â€”a zebra. These diversions are surprisingly funny. The weakness here is text, which vacillates between rhyming/scanning completely and not, with one glaring miss: "Stop dot / Go dot // Slow dot / fast dot" yearns to swap "slow" and "fast" for the rhyme.Verse wonkiness leaves an opening for youngsters to "read" to their adults by simply naming dotsâ€”no harm there. (Picture book. 2-4) Copyright Kirkus 2011 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
In her debut, graphic designer Intriago explores dots as a graphic designer might, crisply and systematically. The text begins like a P.D. Eastman classic ("Dot. Stop dot. Go dot. Slow dot. Fast dot"). White pages with simple, graphic, black shapes communicate their messages like signs. "Slow dot" hasn't made it all the way onto the left page yet; "ast dot," with lines coming off it, speeds off the other edge. Thoughts about dots grow more complex: "This dot is yummy" shows a large black dot with a bite taken out of it; "This dot tastes bad" shows the same bitten-into dot, this time with the discarded bite lying beside it. Occasionally the protocol is enlivened with photographs, a visual "kaboom" amid the overall air of restraint ("Got dots," says a picture of a Dalmatian; "Not dots" shows a striped zebra), but it's back to black and white as the book bids goodnight: "Dots up in the sky so bright/ twinkle as we say goodnight." And indeed, as might be expected from a book this elemental, there's something restful about it. Ages 3-6. (Sept.)[Page ]. Copyright 2010 PWxyz LLC
PreS-Gr 1--In this whimsical book about opposites, each dot acts as a visual analogy. Simplicity equals accessibility, but it also denotes depth of thought. Even two- and three-year-olds will make astute observations. Visually announcing the morning, the story begins with a large, shining, cadmium yellow dot on a cyan blue background with the simple text, "Dot." Humor prevails on one spread that contrasts a chewed dot: "This dot is yummy," with a chewed dot and spit-out piece, "This dot tastes bad." Another unique spread is tactile in its rendition of "Hard dot," which does not yield under the pressure of a small photographed finger pressing down, opposite "Soft dot," which does yield like a soft rubber ball. Most of the book is in black and white unless there is a reason for color, as on the "Stop dot" and "Go dot" or on the "Hurt dot" and "Heal dot" pages. Band-Aid and boo-boo stories, and countless others, will pour forth from young audiences. Children will encounter ample ways to interact with this incredibly elegant, clever, and delightful concept book.--Sara Lissa Paulson, American Sign Language and English Lower School PS 347, New York City[Page 76]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.