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Doug Unplugged

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,045 ratings  ·  220 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 on a screen.... Otoh, maybe I'm wrong,
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fic
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 this book for early readers to enjoy.
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
3* art
4* story

I 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.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
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 which he can learn things, but also have fun. He alwa
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 of new things, and even makes a new friend! Howev ...more
Emily Cherry
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 aren't overwhelmed by a messy, headache-inducing riot ...more
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 could learn and that is where his adventures begi ...more
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 recommended, not just because my husband shares the same firs ...more
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
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
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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What 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.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
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 downloads.

Dan Yaccarino uses bold and colorful illustrat
Melissa Goembel
This story is about a robot who unplugs from his information download. He wants to experience the world first hand. He follows adventure. It is a cute story.
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 his window, and is compelled to follow it since he ...more
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 Yaccarino

Dan 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 pl
Abriana Chamberlain
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 experiencing it for himself. He rode on the subway, saw ...more
Emily Nunez-Eddy
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
“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 play! With all the fun Doug is having, will he ever want ...more
Mishaela Littlefield
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 city in 1808. While these new facts are bouncing and ...more
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 sitting in his room and downloading data. Doug unplugs ...more
Meaghan Grady
Doug Unplugged By: Dan Yaccarino 2013
Meaghan 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 parents had plugged into hi
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Charming. Good messaging.
Penny McGill
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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 suits this little robot world very well and when Dou
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens-books
This story falls into the all-too-familiar category of being written more for the parents, not the kids who it is intended for.
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
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
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: meggie-list
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Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
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 that after the first three pages I almost gave up on
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Exhibitions of his work have been held throughout the world. He is also the creator of the animated TV Series Willa's Wild Life and Oswald.

Mr. Yaccarino lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
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