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Contributor(s): Intriago, Patricia
ISBN: 0374318352     ISBN-13: 9780374318352
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
    OUR PRICE: $15.29  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: August 2011
Annotation: Pairs of circular shapes convey opposite relationships in the arc of a day.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Stories in rhyme.
Circle; Fiction.
English language; Synonyms and antonyms; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Opposites
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2010019816
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.50" H x 9.50" W x 0.50" (0.85 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):

Patricia Intriago is a graphic designer and the owner of Intriago Design LLC. Dot is her first book. Patricia lives with her husband and their two sons in Tenafly, New Jersey.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring)
Intriago's opposites book uses a circle as its sole subject and character. Bold graphics, mostly in black and white, highlight meaning with variations on the circle theme. The book also reflects the arc of a child's day, beginning with the sunrise on the cover and ending with a full moon. It's all about perception, seeing things differently through context and composition. Copyright 2012 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2011 #5)
Intriago plays with three levels of meaning in a concept book that uses a circle as its sole subject and character. On its most basic level, it's a book of opposites: stop/go; slow/fast; happy/sad. The bold graphics, mostly in black and white after the first few pages, show variations on the circle theme to highlight meaning. A green dot means go, a red dot, stop; a half-circle making a tentative entrance on the left side of the page illustrates slow, a quick exit on the right side of the page, fast; a half circle symbolizes a smile for happy, a tear-drop shape, sad. On a slightly more sophisticated level, it shows the activities and emotional arc of a child's day, beginning with the sunrise on the cover and ending with a full moon as a white circle against a black sky, surrounded by smaller white dots representing stars. In between there is the familiar running and bouncing around, being loud, being hungry, eating and spitting out yucky food, getting a scrape and the ever-important Band-Aid, and an afternoon outing in which we spy a Dalmatian ("got dots") and a zebra ("not dots"), both of which we see in photos against a stark white background. On a purely artistic level, it's all about perception, how we can see the same thing differently depending on context and composition. Intriago's accompanying text helps us share her vision, but it also serves to keep us a little off-center, as she offers a few predictable rhymes but avoids others. Just when you think you know what the circle is going to do, it goes and hides behind a square. kathleen t. horning Copyright 2011 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 July #3)

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.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 August)

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

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