Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino

Doug Unplugged

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 interac...

Details Doug Unplugged

TitleDoug Unplugged
Release DateFeb 12th, 2013
PublisherKnopf Books for Young Readers
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Science Fiction, Robots, Storytime, Adventure, Science Fiction Fantasy, Science, Technology, Family, Fiction

Reviews Doug Unplugged

  • Kathryn
    Wonderful! I love how this shows that we need more than just facts to be educated and truly experience life--we need to go out and see and explore and encounter for ourselves.
  • Cheryl
    A little earnest, but of course I found it charming.The thing is, though, that I watched it on youtube. Irony much? Well, it gets worse - the readers used all sorts of special effects and music to make the book a technological marvel.... I've been watching a lot of youtube readers today and the ones I like most are the simplest; the over-produced ones frustrate me because I can imagine youngsters refusing to 'read' books if they can't watch them ...
  • Melki
    A little robot discovers that the best way to learn about his city is to get out into the city. He uses all his senses in his explorations, and even makes a new friend. Great lesson for kids (and adults) on the importance of looking up from a screen now and then.
  • Shannon
    What a wonderful book! Doug is such a great example on how children need hand on experience. There is more to life than just facts you learned. It is so much better to actually get out there and learn it physically. What parent doesn't want their child to be smart? To be able to grasp the concept more hands on and be a part of it is most adventurous! It makes us remember who we are with such beautifully colored illustrations. I would recommend th...
  • Sylvester
    3* art4* storyI had to read this one over and over and over and over. (So happy to bring it back to the library, let me tell you.) A simple story, but fascinating to Squirt, who loves robots, and who loved to imagine himself as Doug.
  • Ryan
    This was an unexpected treat. Doug is a robot and everyday his parents plug him in to download his lessons. But when a pigeon flies by Doug wonders if he might learn more by unplugging and exploring the city. Lots of fun, and simple, colorful illustrations.
  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    A little robot unplugs from his learning sessions so he can go out into the real world and experience things - a lesson for our children as well as robots.
  • Mehsi
    A cute little story about a little robot who finds out there is more to life than just learning through downloading. Doug is a little boy, his parents love him very much and want him to be the smartest kid ever. So every day he has to download new stuff and not do much else. As you can imagine that is quite boring, and that is what Doug also finds out when there is a pigeon on his windowsill. Suddenly a whole world is open for him, a world in whi...
  • Kelsey
    Doug Unplugged is a young science fiction tale about a young robot whose parents only want the best for him. Everyday Doug's parents plug him up to load him with all sorts of information because they want him to be the smartest robot ever. One day after his parents leave for work, a pigeon sparks Doug's interests and e wonders what else he can learn outside. Then Doug unplugs himself and ventures out into the world around him. He learns all sorts...
  • Emily Cherry
    This is an absolutely beautiful book! The story is lovely, subtly reminding kids there is a whole world out there to explore firsthand, instead of filtering it through electronics, but honestly, it almost takes a backseat to the graphics. I loved the style in this so very, very much! Doug and his parents look like '50s-style robots, and the color saturation is similar to the same era, with great results. The pictures pop off the page, but you are...
  • Rochelle Sondae
    Why did I put this on the school skills shelf you ask? Well because kids need to learn that there is more to learn than what you can read in a book or, as in this case, download from a server. Doug the robot boy gets plugged in by his parent's to learn all sorts of interesting things while they go to work. One day a pigeon on the window sill catches his eye, and although he knows lots of things about pigeons he wonders if there are more things he...
  • The Styling Librarian
    Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino – FINALLY I had the chance to enjoy this wonderful book! I didn’t realize that it was part of a book order and when I had my first moment to address cataloguing, there it was waiting to be read at the bottom of a stack! So, I loved the premise of Doug Unplugged, robot could receive instruction by being plugged in but instead… embraces curiosity and goes to experience things instead. Very special. Highly recom...
  • Lorna
    Cute. Doug, the robot, normally learns everything through data downloads. One day, inspired by a pigeon on his windowsill, Doug decides to unplug and explore on his own. His adventures remind us that nothing beats a first hand experience for truly learning about ourselves and the world around us.
  • Heather Gunnell
    Staff PickWhat can you learn about the world when you unplug and explore? Watch as Doug the robot checks out the city away from home and learns things his computer could never teach him.
  • Stephanie
    Doug Unplugged is a story about a little boy robot named Doug. Doug’s robot parents plug him in before they leave for work so that he can learn about the city. Doug learns many things about the city through his downloads, but then wonders if he could learn more if he went out into the city. Doug unplugs and learns more about the city through his experience. In the end meets a human friend and learns something new that wasn’t in any of his dow...
  • Staci
    Author and illustrator Dan Yaccarino is back with a new picture book for kids, but the message is one to which all of us could stand to listen to now and then. In Doug Unplugged we meet a bright young yellow robot named Doug whose parents want him to be the smartest little robot he can be. Each day they plug him in to download all sorts of facts about different subjects. After finishing his lesson is about the city, Doug notices a pigeon outside ...
  • Terri
    For my CLN Book Club we're already considering possible Caldecott contenders for 2013. My vote for our nominees goes like this:#1 "On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein" by Jennifer Berne and Vladimir Badunsky#2 "Bluebird" by Bob Staake#3 "Doug Unplugged" by Dan YaccarinoDan Yaccarino's "Doug Unplugged" is a charming plea for all of us to "unplug" and see the world around us.Doug is a robot. Each morning his robot parents educate him by ...
  • Abriana Chamberlain
    Doug Unplugged was a good book. It starts out with a robot and his parents getting ready for their day. As the parents leave for work, they plug Doug in to learn all about the city. As he is learning new things something catches his eye, a pigeon. He then began to wonder what the city was really like so… Doug Unplugged. Which I personally thought was quite clever to add that into the story. Instead of just learning about the city, Doug was expe...
  • Emily Nunez-Eddy
    “Doug Unplugged”, written and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino, is a story about a little robot named Doug, who is plugged in everyday to download facts. One day, while learning facts about the city, realizes that the best way to learn about the city is to go into the city! With that, Doug unplugs himself and zooms out the window, seeing pigeons, taxis, and sidewalks. After zooming around the city, he arrives at a playground — and is asked to p...
  • Mishaela Littlefield
    Doug is a beaming, golden robot who inherits all of his knowledge from being plugged in. He learns hundreds of different useful and interesting facts every single day. On this particular day, he is learning everything there is to know about the city surrounding him. For example, he learns that there are 8,175,133.5 people living in the city, the tallest skyscraper in the city has 102 floors and that the first fire hydrant was installed in the cit...
  • Kaitlin
    Doug is like every other robot on the block. His parents plug him in to learn new things while they are away at work. Doug learns a bunch of amazing facts about cities and he feels like a pretty smart robot boy. Then he sees a pigeon sitting on the windowsill and Doug gets curious and watches it, when suddenly the pigeon makes a strange cooing sound! Doug didn’t know that pigeons could do that! This sparks a curiosity that can’t be sated by s...
  • Meaghan Grady
    Doug Unplugged By: Dan Yaccarino 2013Meaghan G., Spring 2015**Fantasy/Sci Fi Picture Book**This book was truly a cute yet fun read! This book was a fun and easy read for younger readers. This story tells the tale of Doug who is a very smart robot and his parents plug him in everyday to fill him with knowledge. Doug one day wanted to go outside the plug station and venture off. So Doug took the previous knowledge he had about everything that his p...
  • Jess
    Charming. Good messaging.
  • Penny McGill
    Brought this one home for the girls because we used to watch a tv show that Dan Yaccarino designed. We've liked some of his other books and this one had great promise - I love the idea of encouraging kids to be 'unplugged' without hitting them over the head with the idea that computers + TV are all bad for you. I think that a more subtle approach always works better and a clever picture book like this can do the trick. Yaccarino's groovy style su...
  • Kathleen
    This story falls into the all-too-familiar category of being written more for the parents, not the kids who it is intended for.
  • Jen
    A fun story with a good message!
  • Melissa Rochelle
    A wonderful reminder that computers can't teach you everything -- sometimes you have to go outside and play (or smell the flowers, ride the subway, and visit the top of a skyscraper.)
  • Heather Jo
    megan winter reading 2017, children's book, picture book, technology, unplugged, robots, friends, experience, kindergarten, first grade, second grade
  • Britany
    The story is about a young robot boy, who has parents that plug him in so that he can download all the information that he needs to know. While he is waiting for the information to download he sees pigeons and he becomes curious, so he takes off to see more. He unplugs and goes on an adventure through the city, learning things that he would not have gotten the chance to learn about if he stayed plugged in. The story was good, but I will admit tha...