Reviews for Dot

Booklist Reviews 2011 September #2
In the minimalist style of Hervé Tullet's Press Here (2011), this debut cleverly squeezes a lot of sly humor from that dullest of shapes: the dot. It begins in color ("Stop dot" is red; "Go dot" is green), but most of the book is, impressively, rendered in black and white, with the smallest of alterations giving the titular object a whole lot of personality. A giant black dot is "Heavy dot." Floating, fine-lined circles like bubbles are "Light dots." "Hungry dot" is just a circle, but its partner, "Full dot," is a chubby, squarish, page-filling solid black shape--just looking at it makes you feel full. "This dot is yummy" has a dot with a bite taken out of it. "This dot tastes bad" is the same thing, except with the bitten chunk lying beside it. There is even an out-of-nowhere picture of a Dalmatian ("Got dots") and a zebra ("Not dots") to keep things fresh. You get the idea: this is simple, surprising graphic design that will wake up even jaded readers to the creative possibilities inherent in the most basic of shapes. Copyright 2011 Booklist 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.

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.

Kirkus Reviews 2011 July #2

Unexpected bright spots and laughs roll right over the uneven text in this concept piece.

In bold yellow on a glossy blue background, a clean shape introduces itself: "Dot." Next are "Stop dot" and "Go dot," predictably red and green. A "[l]oud" Pac-man–esque dot sits across from its "quiet" counterpart, which is similar but has a tiny mouth. A dot missing a jagged bite is "yummy," while its partner, similarly bitten but with the bite lying nearby as if spit out, "tastes bad." Weaker pairs glean definition only through heavy-handed contrast. Some dots are abstract: A shy dot's mostly missing, as if hiding behind a white square, but because the background's also white, the square must be inferred. The delightful bits are Intriago's mid-book leaps away from her own setup. Out of the blue, photographed human hands appear to poke a hard and a soft dot, and "Got dots"—a Dalmatian photo—contrasts with "Not dots"—a zebra. These diversions are surprisingly funny. The weakness here is text, which vacillates between rhyming/scanning completely and not, with one glaring miss: "Stop dot / Go dot // Slow dot / fast dot" yearns to swap "slow" and "fast" for the rhyme.

Verse wonkiness leaves an opening for youngsters to "read" to their adults by simply naming dots—no harm there. (Picture book. 2-4) Copyright Kirkus 2011 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly 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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School Library Journal 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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