Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Dot” as Want to Read:
The Dot
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Dot (Creatrilogy)

4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  15,711 Ratings  ·  1,076 Reviews
Just make a mark and see where it takes you. Vashti says she can't draw, but her teacher thinks she can. She knows there's creative spirit in everyone, and encourages Vashti to sign the angry dot she makes in frustration on a piece of paper.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Walker Books Ltd (first published January 1st 2003)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Dot, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Sahba From the persepective of an adult who enjoys kids' lit (me!) definitely yes. But I would guess any adult can also relate to the emotions and message…moreFrom the persepective of an adult who enjoys kids' lit (me!) definitely yes. But I would guess any adult can also relate to the emotions and message of the story!(less)

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Dec 26, 2014 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that makes me unaccountably teary when I read it.

About kids and creativity. Highly recommended.
Dec 02, 2009 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Katie
Another delightful story by Reynolds, in a very similar vein as Ish (which I absolutely adored!).

Here we find a young child who "Can't draw" anything. Supposedly. But when the teacher gets our protagonist to draw a dot and then "sign it" - well, one thing leads to another and the dots become more and more elaborate.

This is a great book to inspire creativity in kids who think they "can't" something. If the beauty of art is in the eye of the beholder, then this illustrates that so long as you're e
Feb 09, 2010 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture, art
Vashti thinks she is no good at art, but an encouraging teacher helps her to enjoy herself. The teacher's approach seemed more focused on self-esteem than actual art skills, but I guess that's more the more important thing for young kids.

This was cute, and I liked the bit at the end with Vashti encouraging another child, but there are several similar books I think are better, including the same author's Ish.
Feb 17, 2013 Tatiana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Add The Dot to my list of favorite books! As someone who can regularly be heard denouncing any ability to draw, stay inside the lines of coloring pages, or paint something that doesn’t result in a murky blob, Peter Reynolds’ simple fable about personal creativity and artistic acceptance has filled me with hope.

Vashti believes she cannot draw, but when her teacher gently tells her to “just make a mark,” she jabs at a blank sheet of paper and signs her name. The next week, her art teacher has fram
Oct 23, 2012 Malissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this one when it came in to the library as a return today.

At the end of class, Vashti is still sitting in her desk with a blank sheet of paper and no idea what to draw. Her teacher tells her to just make a mark and see where it takes her. So she takes a breath and makes a single dot in the center of her paper. Her teacher responds, "sign it, please." The next day the picture is framed on the teacher's wall. Inspired, Vashti becomes a fantastic artist using ... dots. At the end, a little bo
Rashanda Ravenel
This book is helpful in initiating creativity of a student who may need some help getting inspired. It encourages peer interaction and social skills. It is a testimony to children learning differently and being inspired in different ways. It makes me think on how important it is to build from children's current level by changing the teaching method to meet their needs.
Nov 17, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: budding artists, frustrated artists, teachers of all subjects, fans of "Ish"
I'm not sure I liked this one quite as much as "Ish" but that could just be because I read "Ish" first and was so refreshed by the story encouraging a child's artistic freedom and creativity. Still, I will give this one five stars for the same purpose! ;-) It's amazing how art can blossom from a dot!
Sep 18, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This hand-lettered book, the first in the series "Creatrilogy," is all about encouragement of artistic self-expression. Vashti doesn't believe she has any ability to create. With a small invitation to "just make a mark and see where it takes you" by her teacher, she begins a journey that leads to art that is all her own.

The creativity in each of us needs encouraging. I truly know that. From just a word, a push, a smile, blossoms can bloom. It is not just about drawing or painting either. Writin
Dec 25, 2016 Zaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was interesting, showing how training and experiment can lead to interesting results in art (and other things, but this book focused on art). I also liked the end, it was a positive one. On the minus side, the schoolish background was a problem for me because it gave the feeling Vashti was the center of the world (I suppose they rented a full city to expose the artworks of all the pupils in a same amount as Vashti's paints...).
Lisa Vegan
Mar 26, 2008 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: art teachers, teachers, parents, kids, adults, creative types & those who think they aren’t
Recommended to Lisa by: Luann
I had just read the book Ish, also by this author/illustrator, and then was alerted to this book, which was published first.

I think that I might like Ish slightly more, but only very slightly. This is a wonderful book too.

This is an attractive book. The author hand lettered the text and illustrated the book with watercolor, ink, and tea. Yes, tea! Painting with tea is so clever! I like modern art and I enjoyed the illustrations.

The story is what art should be about, it’s how art should be taugh
I really liked this book. It is useful to teach so many things.

Quick overview: A student, Vashti, who does not want to do her artwork because she believes she cannot draw, simply turns in a single dot for her project. After appreciation and encouragement from her teacher about the artwork, Vashti starts experimenting with her art. She creates a gallery of "dot" art. In the end she shows off her work and even passes her wisdom to a fan of her art.

This book is great for the students and the teac
Mar 15, 2010 Marci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From School Library Journal: -"Just make a mark and see where it takes you." This sage advice, offered by her intuitive, intelligent teacher, sets our young heroine on a journey of self-expression, artistic experimentation, and success. First pictured as being enveloped by a blue-and-gray miasma of discouragement and dejection, Vashti seems beaten by the blank paper before her. It is her defeatist declaration, "I just CAN'T draw," that evokes her teacher's sensitive suggestion. Once the child ta ...more
Alex Alfaro
I thought it was interesting that a book focusing on art has such simple illustrations. Like the tone of the story, the illustrations slowly get brighter and more colorful, but for the most part, they are simple and gray. The book starts off with a frustrated student who thinks that she is bad at art. However, instead of telling Vashti that her work will improve, Vashti’s art teacher accepts the simple dot that she drew, asks Vashti to sign it, and then frames her artwork. By framing Vashti’s wo ...more
Margaret Boling
Sep 14, 2013 Margaret Boling rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
9/9/13 ** I first heard ish read aloud at a conference several years ago. I heard about The Dot when I read Colby Sharp's blog post about celebrations that he'd have with his students around literacy, passionate reading, and books this year. Thanks Colby for highlighting International Dot Day and the celebration of creativity and "making one's mark."

My students and spent the week reading the three books in this series (the third is Sky Color) along with other books about people who've made their
Simon Joseph
May 10, 2012 Simon Joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds, is the inspiring story of Vashti, a young girl with no confidence in her ability to draw.

When her teacher encourages her to just 'make a mark and see where it takes you,' Vashti responds by stubbornly jabbing her pen into a piece of paper. The teacher doesn't miss a beat, by calmly asking her to sign under her 'dot', and the next time Vashti sees the paper, it has been put in a gilded frame. Still defiant, she resolves to show her teacher she can do an even better
Joyce Yattoni
Dec 03, 2016 Joyce Yattoni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I ❤ Peter Reynolds. His books have so many applications for older readers. As we begin to write our literary analysis essays on our inquiry unit novels I feel students need a gentle push to get started. This is the perfect picture book to get students thinking positively that they can accomplish more difficult tasks if they keep working at it. ...more
Nov 05, 2009 Huda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Huda by: ريم العسكري
A story that takes place between "SURE U CAN!" & "please sign"

Thanx Mrs.Reem
Rola || رُلى
Nov 25, 2015 Rola || رُلى rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-readings
you can't know if you did not try
everyone can be creative in their own way
Kirsti Call
Aug 13, 2013 Kirsti Call rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm really enjoying Peter Reynold's books! This is clever, simple and whimsical.
A nice thought and a nice try. But this would have needed to have gone a lot further. From a dot to pictures of dots, to pictures with dots to pictures without dots. Not a bad start, but not good enough. With good enough writing though, and the art does work.
Cullen Howard
Summary: "The Dot” centers on Vashti, a young student who is reluctant to participate in an art project. Her teacher asks her to simply make a mark on her paper, to which she sardonically draws a small dot. The next day, the teacher has framed and displayed her artwork, which excites Vashti. From there Vashti creates dozens of dot-centered drawing and paintings, eventually making fans at the school art show. At the art show another young student compliments her work and says he wishes he could p ...more
Megan Shields
This book is one giant metaphor for how one small word or action can lead to the biggest and greatest accomplishment. With this book and the discussion that comes after, I want to students to really grasp how their smallest actions are still a part of how they use their voice and it still makes a difference. Any small thing can snowball into something magnificent. To practice this, I would transfer the lessons of The Dot to writing by giving students sentence starters like "I really wish I hadn' ...more
Nida Iftekaruddin
Grade/interest level: K-2
Reading level: 500L
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Main Characters: Vashti, teacher
Setting: School
POV: Third Person


Vashti is in her art class, frustrated at the fact that she does not know how to draw. She stares at her paper in anger. Her teacher approaches her and tells her to put anything at all on her paper. Vashti angrily stabs her paper with a pencil and creates a tiny dot in the middle of her page. Her teacher urges her to sign her name, which she does. The next
Amanda Vaughan
Sep 25, 2015 Amanda Vaughan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wow-books
Have you ever thought something was too difficult to accomplish? Have you worked with children and students who struggle to fit in each day? The Do by Peter H. Reynolds takes these feelings and expresses them in a simplistic yet meaningful way to show each of us that we are more than capable of being a success!

This story is about a young child who sits in art class and cannot come up with an idea to draw. (Or, maybe, she is just too stubborn to cooperate!) Her teacher approaches her and, rather
Oct 18, 2016 Marisol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Dot by Peter H Reynolds
Award: Borders Original Voices Award for Picture Books (2003)
Main Characters: Vashti, Art Teacher
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Picture Book
Themes: Engaging Creatively.
Minimum Grade Level: Pre-K/Kindergarten
Vashti is sitting in Art Class when she draws a dot to show that she can't draw but little did she know that that dot became a journey where Vashti found surprises and her potential to be something more than she thought she was.
Teacher Connection:
This book i
Nov 18, 2015 Juli19 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of a boy who was sitting in his desk trying to draw. His teacher approached to him and the boy told her that he could not draw anything, then the teacher asked him to try. The boy did his best and after a few minutes he drew a dot in the paper. The teacher came back to check his work and noticed he drew something and she acknowledge his work and advice the boy to sign it. The next day the boy came to school and noticed his drawing of a dot was hanging on the wall in a golden fr ...more
Oct 23, 2012 Candice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Genre: Picture Book, Concept

Summary: Vashti just can't think of anything to draw until her teacher dares her to try, and what develops is a surge of self discovery.

A. The representation of the teacher in this book makes me, as a teacher, want to strive to want more for my students.

B. Vashti is feeling uncreative and defeated as art class comes to a close. However, her teacher knows there is more that Vashti has to give and by giving her just a little push, Vashti can see her true potential. I lo
Dec 06, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book! if you have not read do it! It really makes you want to go out and try something new that you think you might be bad at, but you never will know if you don't try!

Vashti is very frustrated in her art class and by the time class is over she has nothing on her paper. She says she doesn’t know how to draw, but her teacher tells her she needs to put something on her paper so she slaps a small dot in the middle of the page. Her teacher then tells her she must sign her name at the
Sep 02, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: primary-books
This fun, light-hearted book demonstrates the power of positive influence. Rather than dismissing or giving up on Vashti and her artwork, her teacher encourages her to explore her potential. Even a simple dot can be seen as art, and the teacher demonstrates pride in Vasthi's dot when she has Vashti sign the sheet and take ownership of her work. To use a common teacher phrase, Vashti is recognized as "at promise" rather than "slow" or "behind" or "struggling". The teacher's encouragement leads Va ...more
Mar 06, 2010 Kendra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • My Name Is Yoon
  • One
  • How to Heal a Broken Wing
  • Little Hoot
  • Beautiful Oops!
  • I Like Myself!
  • Art
  • The Sandwich Swap
  • The Important Book
  • Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon
  • Not a Stick
  • Seen Art?
  • Wemberly Worried
  • If the Shoe Fits
  • Those Shoes
  • Perfect Square
  • Tanka Tanka Skunk!
  • Cloudette
Peter Hamilton Reynolds is an author and illustrator of children's books and is the co-Founder and CEO of educational media company FableVision.
More about Peter H. Reynolds...

Other Books in the Series

Creatrilogy (3 books)
  • Ish
  • Sky Color

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »

“Just make a mark and see where it takes you” 6 likes
“Hmmph! I can make a better dot than THAT!” 1 likes
More quotes…