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Author: Craig Frazier

Illustrator: Craig Frazier

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Publisher: Chronicle Books, ½2010

Material: hard cover

Summary: Have you ever looked at the dots around you? They come in all sizes and colors. They can move you, they can decorate things, you can even eat them! This is a colorful, comprehensive look at the circles and spheres that surround us.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 2 to 7

Age of Child: Read by a 9-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: This was such a hit that my daughter instantly started transcribing the text so she could take it to school and read to her friends! [She ended up taking the book.] She loved the bright colors and enjoyed figuring out the "next" circles to come. At the end she went back and forth among the pages to see all the things in the back that were (or weren't) mentioned in the main story.

Adult Reader Reaction: I love this book on so many levels. The colors are bright, but simply presented. There is plenty of white space, so the result is that even though there is something happening in a picture, it is not too overwhelming for toddlers. The simple text lets kids practice reading and have fun, too. This is VERY clever.

Pros: Silhouttes, bright colors, and simple text combine in this picture book that doubles as an easy reader. This is a book that will reach audiences from 1 to 7.

Cons: If you are looking for a true story with a plot, this may not be what you want.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This book has so much longevity and fun to it. This is one that would make a great selection for a family with a new baby (especially if there is a slightly older sibling).


Educational Themes: There is a lot you can do with this book. With toddlers and preschoolers you can explore colors and size. Kindergarteners can practice reading. It is also easy to bring this book to life by going on a dot hunt!

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, colors, shapes

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2010

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