WE ARE ALL DOTS by Giancarlo Macri


A Big Plan for a Better World
Age Range: 4 - 9
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A clever visual representation of socio-economic divisions and a call to overcome them.

The story begins with a single dot on the lower corner of the recto page. It calls out to the reader, “Can you see me? I’m down here.” It then goes on to explain that it has many friends. More dots appear. Then, even more, until the entire right-hand page is filled. These dots are thriving. They have housing (the dots position themselves into a city skyline), entertainment and leisure to enjoy it (they form a Ferris wheel), and food to eat (they become a hamburger). But suddenly, there is a dot on the left-hand side of the page. Its center is not filled in, so it looks a bit different. It, too, has lots of friends. More and more open-circle dots fill the verso side. But their lives are not as good. They do not have housing, leisure, or food to eat. They would like to come to the right side of the book. They start to crowd toward the book’s center, but the original dots agree they must come over in an orderly fashion. “Slowly. / Calmly. / Safely.” But now the right-hand side is much too crowded. The dots work together to find “another solution.”

Combining sharp political commentary with a simple design makes a large concept easier for the littlest (and our future) humans to comprehend. (Picture book. 4-9)

Pub Date: March 6th, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-7893-3429-9
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Universe/Rizzoli
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2018


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