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Unplugged Hardcover – 27 Feb 2018
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Praise for Unplugged"[A] gorgeous piece of propaganda for going outside. . . [T]he book is so elegantly illustrated and cleverly conceived." -- New York Times Book Review Praise for Please, Mr. Panda "Smart design decisions by Antony... distinguish his visual storytelling. The warm gray backdrop and parade of black and white animals (a skunk, an ostrich, an orca) make the candy-colored doughnuts look all the more tantalizing. Novel perspectives... provide freshness, too." -- Publishers Weekly "Tiny young listeners may be so pleased -- and relieved -- to see the dazzling treats given away that they won't notice how deftly they've been given a manners lesson. Households with toddlers may find a new family catchphrase as Mr. Panda demonstrates one approach to eliciting those elusive 'magic words.' Simple yet funny enough for multiple readings." -- Kirkus Reviews "Though this is a book with a clear message, the humor and attractive design give it a bit of an edge and keep it out of the realm of the heavy-handed, 'Let's learn a lesson' titles. A fun storytime selection and a solid option for parents or teachers looking for a creative way to emphasize the importance of saying, 'Please' and 'Thank you.'" -- School Library Journal
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Blip becomes unplugged when there is a blackout. Soon she discovers that the world can be brighter when you unplug!See all Product description
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‘Unplugged’ is a charming tale about the joy of disconnecting from technology and embracing the great outdoors. The story starts in shades of grey as Blip, a bright, happy little robot, is plugged into her computer. Whilst connected, Blip explores many things. She is not just gaming- she learns, exercises and plays- showing the computer has a positive side. Blip’s sweet little face registers a whole range of expressions, showing the talent of the illustrator!
When Blip becomes ‘unplugged’, the illustrations change from shades of grey to the soft pastel colours of a fresh spring day. Here the layouts and text mimic those of the previous pages, but the pictures show Blip engaging with others and exploring the world for real! Although she returns to her grey world, things are not the same for Blip- she keeps returning to the freedom and beauty of the world outside.
We all probably spend far too much time connected to technology and ‘Unplugged’ offers the perfect way of discussing this with children. Although acknowledging what the internet has to offer, it highlights the importance of connecting with others and leaving technology behind- at least for a while! The illustrations are gorgeous; Blip is adorable and I hope she features in more stories to come!
All of the pages could have done with a bit more "story". There isn't much writing on any of the pages (I'm still trying to get my fingers between the next pages so I can turn over and I've ran out of story) and they would have benefitted from more detail.
It has been a favourite bed time read for a few nights now, but I don't think it will last as long as other books have.
The early black and white pictures are fantastic - but I think lost on the audience likely to be looking at this book (I remember computer graphics like that from 25 years ago - but my son doesn't - he doesn't associate computers with blocky images as they simply aren't any more).
The change from black and white to colour is well done, and it's an okay story with an on-trend morale (go outside, turn off your screen) - but to me, it just doesn't have much of a hook.
Nice to borrow from the library or from school - but unfortunately not one I'd recommended to buy specially.
The illustrations are fun and the message an important one, though possibly not so much for its target audience.
My 12 yo needs to remember there's more to life than a black rectangle, but pre-schoolers? Hopefully, they're still seeing plenty of the outside world. Perhaps then this is a reminder to parents to get out more. We all know how easy it is to allow the black monolith take over babysitting duties.
My children enjoyed this book. It's a nice book. I'm not sure it will ever become a favourite. Though the contrast between colour and monochrome pages do give the book and extra dimension.
It is an important message and one I agree with - but it is a message more for parents than children themselves.
The book is suitable for very young children though, ages 2 to 4 I'd say, so not sure how relevant it is as kids that age are less likely to be glued to screens all day (well I'd hope anyway).
Nevertheless, my 4 year old really liked the story and pictures. I think the contrast between the black and white pages and colour works really well.
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