Review: Dot by Patricia Intriago


Dot by Patricia Intriago

This concept book uses dots to demonstrate opposites and follows the course of a day into night.  It opens with a big yellow dot that is very sun-like.  Then the simple but very strong graphic design creates a zippy, fun feel as the opposites are demonstrated.  Lines are added to show motion and direction.  Then chunks are taken out to show additional opposite pairs.  The simplicity lends the entire book a vibrancy and sense of humor.  Most of the book is done using black and white.  When color is used it is done specifically to show a concept, like red for stop and green for go. 

The text is just as simple as the illustrations, offering the concepts being shown.  It also has a nice rhythm that moves the book forward easily. 

Ideal for toddlers and for teaching opposites, this book is simply perfection.  Appropriate for ages 1-3.  Pair this with Lots of Dots by Craig Frazier for a story time filled with great illustrations and plenty of dotty fun.

Reviewed from copy received from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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