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Meet Blip. Blip loves being plugged into her computer. When a blackout occurs, Blip trips over her wire and tumbles outside. Suddenly, Blip's gray world is filled with color and excitement. She plays with her new friends and has adventures all day long. When Blip finally returns home, she realizes that the world can be even brighter once you unplug.

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Meet Blip. Blip loves being plugged into her computer. When a blackout occurs, Blip trips over her wire and tumbles outside. Suddenly, Blip's gray world is filled with color and excitement. She plays with her new friends and has adventures all day long. When Blip finally returns home, she realizes that the world can be even brighter once you unplug.

30 review for Unplugged

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mischenko

    Blip loves her computer and enjoys using it all day long. One day, there's a blackout and shes left with no electricity. She ends up outdoors discovering all the beauty and how much she was missing being plugged into her computer all day. She makes new friends and enjoys nature until the end of the day when she returns home. This is such a cute book and we loved Blip and all the illustrations. We had discussions afterwards about how it's good to have a set amount of screen time throughout the day Blip loves her computer and enjoys using it all day long. One day, there's a blackout and shes left with no electricity. She ends up outdoors discovering all the beauty and how much she was missing being plugged into her computer all day. She makes new friends and enjoys nature until the end of the day when she returns home. This is such a cute book and we loved Blip and all the illustrations. We had discussions afterwards about how it's good to have a set amount of screen time throughout the day. Spending time outdoors can be even more fun and a good balance is key. Great book for all ages. 5*****

  2. 5 out of 5

    Calista

    My nephew is obsessed with Robots. This is a great little story for him. It's about a robot who spends all day doing fun things on the computer. There is a black out and he is forced to go outside. He realizes how much better outside it and he has many fun adventures. I think it's a great message and a cute little story. I don't know if the nephew understood it, but he enjoyed the story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    A good message delivered with the subtlety of a sledgehammer and with charming illustrations.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Tosti

    An amazing book with the perfect message especially in today's society that being unplugged can lead to great adventures!

  5. 4 out of 5

    zapkode

    {My thoughts} – Blip deals with a power outage that causes them to be unplugged from their computer. They aren’t use to being unplugged but ends up spending time outside, doing new things, and making new friends. Eventually Blip ends up going back home and plugging back into his computer. Once he does that he begins to miss all the fun he’d had while he was unplugged. I really like this book. It helps to show children that electronics aren’t everything and that they can potentially have more fun, {My thoughts} – Blip deals with a power outage that causes them to be unplugged from their computer. They aren’t use to being unplugged but ends up spending time outside, doing new things, and making new friends. Eventually Blip ends up going back home and plugging back into his computer. Once he does that he begins to miss all the fun he’d had while he was unplugged. I really like this book. It helps to show children that electronics aren’t everything and that they can potentially have more fun, without electronics. In today’s world it seems to be extremely difficult for children to walk away from electronics and do things outside of the electronic world. It’s not very often that children aren’t on a computer, game console or phone. I think that many children could easily benefit from this book. I also think that parents can benefit from being able to show or teach their children that it is possible to have fun without the use of electronic devices. I highly recommend this book for all home libraries.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Juliana

    This is an adorable book about Blip who is plugged into the internet all day long. One day, Blip becomes unplugged after a blackout and discovers the outside world. Blip makes friends with some animals and sees that there's more to the world than what's online. It's straightforward and obviously a lesson that you should take time to unplug from technology every once in a while. The illustrations were also pretty cute.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Ann

    This not so subtle story shows that it is just as much fun to play outside as on video games. As an avid gamer, I'm not sure I buy it, but I almost did because this book is just so cute! The simple text makes it perfect for a preschool-2nd grade storytime.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tinnie

    This was really adorable. A story to encourage kids who spend too much time indoors and glued to their computer screens to go outside and explore.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Paul "Axl" Hurman

    This is just wonderful. Steve Antony's books make me so happy that whenever I read them, I feel the need to give them a little hug afterwards.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Furtado

    Cute, & a timely reminder for parents and kiddos about the importance of backing away from the iPad and other screens to enjoy some of life's simpler adventures.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Jean Lareau

    3.5 stars Great contrast in the illustrations between indoors and outdoors. I wish there was a place for balance in this story for being unplugged and with technology.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    A little robot named Blip enjoys being connected to her computer in this newest picture-book from British author/artist Steve Antony, creator of the Mr. Panda stories. But when a blackout occurs and she finds herself inadvertently in the great outdoors, Blip discovers that she can learn new things and play games in the natural world as well. She can also make real friends... I appreciated the premise of Unplugged - that it is a good thing to disconnect ourselves from our digital lives from time A little robot named Blip enjoys being connected to her computer in this newest picture-book from British author/artist Steve Antony, creator of the Mr. Panda stories. But when a blackout occurs and she finds herself inadvertently in the great outdoors, Blip discovers that she can learn new things and play games in the natural world as well. She can also make real friends... I appreciated the premise of Unplugged - that it is a good thing to disconnect ourselves from our digital lives from time to time, and see the wider world around us - and found the story engaging. The artwork is cute - I liked Blip's wide-eyed animal friends - although there were times it felt a little flat to me. All in all, I can't say this one made an especially strong impression on me, or that I enjoyed it as much, visually speaking, as some of Atony's earlier books. That said, it was sweet, and I would definitely recommend it to those searching for children's stories about unplugging from machines, devices and gadgets, and living more in the natural environment outside our doors.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Scottsdale Public Library

    Blip the robot discovers the joy of unplugging once and awhile, even though being plugged into her computer is tons of fun. Adorable illustrations accompany the sparse text of this delightful and direct book. Readers may also enjoy "It's a Book" by Lane Smith or "Norton and Alpha" by Kristyna Litten - Alexis S.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    The inside scenes are in black and white; the outside scenes are in full color. The book is designed to get readers to unplug from their electronic games and go outside to play.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shelle Perry

    Unplugged is the story of Blip. Blip spends her days plugged into her computer for all the right reasons. She plays games for sure, but she also learns new skills, takes advantage of educational help, learns about new places and makes friends. However, as parents have been asking since computers first became a part of our homes, “What happens when the power goes out?” Blip finds out. Tripping over her plug in the dark she tumbles out the door and down the hill and into a river that takes her int Unplugged is the story of Blip. Blip spends her days plugged into her computer for all the right reasons. She plays games for sure, but she also learns new skills, takes advantage of educational help, learns about new places and makes friends. However, as parents have been asking since computers first became a part of our homes, “What happens when the power goes out?” Blip finds out. Tripping over her plug in the dark she tumbles out the door and down the hill and into a river that takes her into a new kind of adventure. She plays games and learns new things and makes new friends and guess what, the world doesn’t end. The message is a bit on the obvious side. Outside-GOOD Electronics-Bad, as the extreme contrast in artwork, would imply. Monochrome pixels versus a bright open woodland setting, quite beautifully done, I might add and quite obviously where Mr. Antony excels. While I do think that any one-sided message is not really how we should be teaching our kids, the message to unplug and play in the 3D world once in while is a good one and I do believe that most kids will find Blip to be so adorable they won’t really be noticing that they are being taught, and that is how it should be.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jon(athan) Nakapalau

    The world outside is amazing (and in color) and all you have to do is unplug! Great book for small children who never want to go outside to play because the computer has cast a spell over them - maybe for some adults also!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Educateempower

    But one day there was a power cut... Can you imagine? A life without your computer? phone or tablet? What would you do if you had to go outside, talk to people around you or explore the unknown outside the safety of your device? Steve Antony has answered these questions in his creative picture book - Unplugged. Blip, a little robot loves her computer and all of the different things she can do on it. She can play games, learn new things, sing, draw and go on adventures - what more could she want? She But one day there was a power cut... Can you imagine? A life without your computer? phone or tablet? What would you do if you had to go outside, talk to people around you or explore the unknown outside the safety of your device? Steve Antony has answered these questions in his creative picture book - Unplugged. Blip, a little robot loves her computer and all of the different things she can do on it. She can play games, learn new things, sing, draw and go on adventures - what more could she want? She thinks she has it all until the power is cut and it is only then that she realises how much more is outside and how much more colour it brings to our lives. Blip loves being outside and with real friends  and even though she loves her computer she realises just how great outdoor play is and the need to do it more often. Simply told through words and pictures, children can see the similarities and differences between computer games and the outside world. But they can also see how much better playing outside is. Most children I have read this to have agreed that outside is so much better but they still like their computers - which is fine but as adults we really need to get motivated and take our children outside, explore with them, play with them and teach them just how much more is out there. Computers are great but they can breed jealousy (when viewing those perfect pictures) time wasting, inappropriate content, narrow view of the world, time wasting and loss of imagination and creativity. Perhaps it is time to see what you and your children are doing when you are plugged and unplugged. Perhaps it is time to become just like Blip and see how great it is to be unplugged!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Mounce

    Unplugged is a cute little story that sends a positive message about unplugging! We know electronics can be a great tool for learning and for having fun! But we all need to unplug sometimes and spend time with friends and enjoy our beautiful outdoors! I really like the illustrations in this book also! The pages that talk about being plugged-in are gray and dull. The pages that talk about being unplugged are bright and colorful! I’m really glad I purchased this for my library!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karyn Nadler

    This picture book is incredible. How children and adults need to notice things around them and get Unplugged. Already have two copies in my school library. Beautiful illustrations too. Every school library should have a copy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    The message is obvious and didactic, but might not be perceived as preachy by young children. Illustrations are clear and detailed, with the color spreads underscoring the theme that unplugged is better than the black/white plugged in pages.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    Definitely a needed message. Maybe needed a bit more at the end, but definite potential with this one. And I lovvvvve Steve Antony!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Grissom

    Cute book about getting off the electronics and experiencing the world.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie

    Could see this being a parent favorite!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    A wonderful, beautiful picture book for children of the digital age. Five stars for beautiful art, an original story that will resonate with readers, and a perfect length.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    Very cute, I approve.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Garrett

    Good book, but without an ounce of irony this title, which is about the importance of unplugging from your device every now and again, is available in ebook format.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Taryn Renay

    Adorable, yet sad that someone had to write a children's book about unplugging.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Clementine

    pretty clever while also being gentle about encouraging kids to play outside.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jeimy

    Adorable story about the adventures one can have if one unplugs.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rana

    Simple but effective story about unplugging and spending time outside.

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