Dot Goes Fishing – by Randi Zuckerberg


       Dot Goes Fishing – by Randi Zuckerberg, Candlewick Entertainment, 9781536213331, 2020

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre: Easy Reader/Easy Chapter Book

What did you like about the book? The message of this book is clear and important for young children to learn: it is important to keep a balance between using technology and taking time to unplug. In the story Dot and her dad go on a fishing trip. Dot brings a gift fish-finder frog with an app to help them find fish. It is useful, but in the end, Dot learns from her dad that the true joy of fishing is the experience, and that it is important to put down technology to enjoy other parts of life. The digital illustrations are cartoon-like. I also liked the diversity of the characters in the story. 

Anything you did not like about the book. The message is pretty didactic. 

To whom would you recommend this book? This would be great to read with young children who enjoy screen time to explicitly talk about the importance of a balance. It is also a similar reading level to Poppleton. 

Who should buy this book? Elementary school librarians, public librarians

Where would you shelve it? Easy readers or chapter books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Sarah Bickel, Greenlodge Elementary School, Dedham Massachusetts

Date of review: May 6, 2020

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