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Doll-E 1.0

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  474 ratings  ·  108 reviews
A STEM-friendly tale of a girl and the doll she upgrades to be her new friend, for fans of The Most Magnificent Thing and Rosie Revere, Engineer.

Charlotte's world is fully charged! With her dog at her side, she's always tinkering, coding, clicking, and downloading. She's got a knack for anything technological--especially gadgets that her parents don't know how to fix!
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Hardcover, 34 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Little, Brown Young Readers
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Melki
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidstuff, girl-power
Tech-savvy Charlotte is taken aback when her mother presents her with a doll . . . a doll that doesn't do anything other than say "Mama." (Charlotte's response is priceless - "How could I be your mama? I'm just a kid.") Not knowing what else to do with this "human-shaped pillow," our intrepid scientist sets about upgrading her pig-tailed "experiment." A cute story, AND, I really liked both Charlotte's blue hair, and the author's illustrations.

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La Coccinelle
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Okay, I'll admit that I was annoyed by the parents in this one. Charlotte is a tech genius, and she'd rather be building something than playing with dolls. But her parents, influenced by the news, think she might be "too techy", so they buy her a baby doll and try to shoehorn her into outdated gender stereotypes. (Nice.) To her credit, though, Charlotte is having none of it. She's not interested in playing with the doll... until she realizes it talks, and therefore has some kind of circuitry. ...more
Abigail
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Not So Much...
A tech-savvy young girl named Charlotte is given a traditional cloth doll by her mother in this debut picture-book from author/illustrator Shanda McCloskey. At first she isn't quite sure what to do with a plaything that isn't a gadget. Her attempts at make-believe games don't seem to work. Then she discovers that the doll can say "ma-ma," which means that it must have a power supply. Suddenly, the doll has possibilities - it can be remade, in a more technological mode. But will the girl's dog be ...more
Flavia
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was very cute! The art was very sketch-like and simple, but pleasant to look at. The colours were also nice to look at, with enough white spaces to not make the pages look too busy, or too full of elements. I also really like the two main messages that I took away from this book (and that I would hope children would take away when reading this book as well)! The first message that stood out to me was the positive impression that the book gives regarding girls working with technology ...more
Edward Sullivan
This one leaves me ambivalent. I love Charlotte's creative and inventive spirit, but why does she have to turn the doll into a gadget before she can enjoy it? How about just some imaginative, non-technological play?
Ashley (ashleyOutpaged)
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you feel like reading a super cute picture book haha ...more
Cathy Mealey
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s techno-trouble for clever Charlotte, the heroine of McCloskey’s DOLL-E 1.0, because she doesn’t comprehend the purpose of her new toy, a doll. With her trusty canine sidekick Blutooth, Charlotte is constantly on call for fixing the gadgets and devices that break and baffle her family. However, her constant coding and tinkering spark concern from her parents, who want Charlotte to unplug a bit.

The new “human-shaped pillow” doesn’t inspire much enthusiasm until a hidden battery pack is
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Viviane Elbee
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book for STEM lovers and kids who love to tinker with their toys.
Charlotte's parents are concerned that she's a little too tech-y, so they buy her a doll.
But when she discovers the doll has batteries, she sets out to transform her "plain" doll into a wonderfully unique companion.
The kids LOVED this book and voted to give it 5 stars.
They giggled at many of the illustrations.
Rachel
May 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children, 2018
I like that Charlotte is tech-savvy, but why can’t the doll just be a doll? I was desperately hoping this would focus a little more on imagination and how that fuels creativity. You know, the actual power of the mind instead of just knowing how gadgets work. Instead of focusing on “I’m a girl and I can code, too” it would be great to have a book that shows technology being a tool that can be turned off. That to get ahead one doesn’t have to be constantly tuned in and turned on.
Nancy Kotkin
Very entertaining STEM-related fictional picture book about a little girl who loves to tinker and code. Concerned that Charlotte may be too technologically oriented, her parents buy her a doll. But Charlotte has no idea what to do with the doll...until she discovers it has a power supply.

To the reviewers who want the doll to be just a doll, you aren't understanding who Charlotte is, or how integral technology is to the world today. Without it, your car wouldn't function, nor would the major
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Jason
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Unique combination of the stereotypically feminine and masculine to illustrate how one child can be drawn to both/all gender expressions.
Angelina Zheng
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a cute book about how this girl engineered her new doll into a robot. I love how the author threw in STEAM and science this picture book.
Beverly
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pbf-general
Very funny!
Marissa Elera
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my new SUPERFAVORITE!!!
Sarah
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute but not #notaclassic. used in daycare stories January 2019
Megan Schmelzer
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Open Book Reviews by Megan Schmelzer
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Doll-E 1.0 is a fun mix of the technology of today’s world mixed with the classic toys we had from our world. In Doll-E 1.0, you meet a little girl named Charlotte, and she is a technology guru. She can program, she can code, she can do anything when it comes to technology. She is a true mastermind of the technology power that kids have at their fingertips today!

Charlotte parent’s decided to surprise her with a new gift. Thinking that
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Meredith
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
What does iGen make of esoteric low tech? They frankenstein it into something more suitable to their sensibilities.

When Charlotte’s parents hear about the dangers of too much technology for young children, they buy her a doll. At first, she is confused, frustrated, and disappointed as she attempts to play with it in her usual way. But after the doll reveals that it is a talking doll with the one word vocabulary of “mama,” Charlotte recognizes as something not wholly foreign and attempts to
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Brittany B.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Genre: Science fiction
Awards: None
Audience: Grades K-2nd

A) This book falls under the science fiction category of fantasy. The reason this book is considered science fiction is because it involves the topic of genetic engineering. The little girl uses technology and engineering skills to manipulate her toy doll. Throughout the book, there are also many occurrences of technology, such as robotic hands, computer controllers, and missing robotic parts that appear in the illustrations. There is a
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Margaret Chind
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama.Today's generation of children has different toys from the past days I remember. Everything today is very electronic and active. In some ways there is less imagination at play, but not completely. Doll-E 1.0 is a fun, creative, and attractive book for the electronic age child. While I have, personally, been pretty adamant about unplugged-play... my children still were able to really enjoy this book. It opened a large discussion about how their play time
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Jared White
Charlotte is a techie, she's always helping her parents with their electronics and even building her own. But her parents worry that she's maybe too techie and wonder if she shouldn't do some good old fashioned pretend play...so they get her a doll to play mom or doctor with. But a "human-shaped pillow" isn't very interesting, at least until she makes it her own using her many techie talents and finds a way to incorporate both types of play.

I'm a fan of technology and I love and am amazed that
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Jessie Oliveros
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is so much fun! My 5 year-old and 8 year-old girls LOVE it. (I even caught my 11 year-old son sneaking a read.) The illustrations are fun and appealing, the color palette (the blue hair!) really draws you in right away. It's the kind of book you can't help but pull off the shelf to take a look. And the story really lives up to the visual! The brilliant synthesis of good old-fashioned play with high-tech play is told so well. It teaches kids not to forget their imagination but also that ...more
Jessie
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: engineering
I seem to be ambivalent about this in the opposite direction of a lot of other reviewers! They wanted Charlotte to have non-tech-y play with the doll (which she does somewhat). I was a little confused as to why it was portrayed as inherently a virtuous and positive change for Charlotte to be playing house with the doll and having it address her as "Mama."

Charlotte is both femme and STEM-y throughout, but that doesn't mean they aren't contrasted at some levels here. The two aren't portrayed as
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Ro Menendez
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Charlotte's parents get in the way of her techie world by giving her a doll that has a built in speaker and battery box, they were not expecting her to upgrade Doll-E! My favorite moment in this book is when the doll calls Charlotte Ma-Ma, and Charlotte is aghast! How can she be anyone's mama when she's just a kid herself? Charlotte's curiosity drives her to understand exactly what her parents were expecting her to do with the doll, but when her dog gets jealous of the amount of attention ...more
Katie
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, storytime
A cute story about a girl (Charlotte) who receives a doll as a gift, but isn't sure how to play with it. Once she learns the doll has a battery pack and is able to say 'ma-ma' she becomes excited and begins to upgrade the doll. However, this upsets the dog (named Bluetooth), who tears up the doll. Charlotte rebuilds the doll and forgives Bluetooth.

The illustrations are what make this story. The colors are bight (Charlotte has blue hair), and busy enough to be engaging without being a chaos of
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Melanie
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book!

Charlotte is such a lovable, memorable character. She's girly yet geeky, sweet and smart. Her little dog Blutooth is a happy fellow... most of the time. He isn't particularly thrilled when her new toy doll arrives. And neither is Charlotte! But with a brain like hers, she knows exactly what to do about it!

I adore the illustrations, the character's expressions and all the tiny details that McCloskey illustrated, such as the necessary outlets on every wall, the
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Cecilia
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is how you properly investigate how children are growing up in the modern world without it coming off as a "back in my day" diatribe from someone who doesn't know how to change with the times.

I loved that Charlotte was STEM inclined, and that she updated her doll into a toy she was comfortable playing with. I liked that it helped a STEM minded girl to get in touch with her more imaginative brain. I'm even glad that they showed that just because she was into the STEM fields, that didn't
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Hannah Holt
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is so much to love about this book. The main character, Charlotte, is brilliant--like a pint-sized professor. She's always coding or tinkering or fixing the household electronics.
When her parents become concerned that she is too plugged in to electronics, they buy her a low-tech doll. At first, Charlotte doesn't know what to do with this "human-shaped pillow." However, eventually she finds her own way to play.
This is a good mash up of creative play and digital savvy. The illustrations are
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Robin Loughlin
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shanda McCloskey, children's illustrator, and first time author wrote this cute picture book with excellent illustrations, about a little girl named Charlotte, who LOVES technology and programming and downloading and anything else that has to do with that. When her parents buy her a doll, she doesn't know what to do with it at first, but then realizes it has a power supply because it does say "Mama." She makes some major updates to the doll and learns to enjoy it and play with it in her own ...more
Cathy Breisacher
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte loves to build, tinker, code, and create. She is happy with technology and enjoys fixing things. When she receives a doll as a gift from her mom, she is disappointed until she realizes she can use her tinkering skills to give this doll some life. With the Makerspace Movement being embraced in schools and libraries, this is a timely, adorable picture book that should find room on shelves everywhere. The illustrations are fun and the text is clever. This is a perfect book for all the ...more
Michelle Cusolito
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the way this book turns gender stereotypes on their head.

Charlotte loved to tinker, code, and fix. Worried she spent too much time in virtual world, Charlotte's Mom bought her a doll.

"Charlotte dragged the human-shaped pillow to her room."

Not surprisingly, she didn't know what to do with the doll.

In the end, she found a clever way to blend her love of the virtual world with the real doll in front of her. I especially love the images of Charlotte wearing safety goggles when she gets to
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