The book is abstract, the illustrations less emblematic of traditional picture-book storytelling than a collection of graphics more rudimentary than emojis. The titular black circle is generally positioned in the middle of the page, clearly the star of the show, with icons (like grapes for snack time or a cute cowboy hat for dress-up fun) positioned nearby. These simple images convey the activity, but without much in the way of artistry—the effect is something like early computer art from a dot matrix printer. The dot is by design inexpressive, lacking facial expressions, likely making it a challenge to relate to.
Nonetheless, Introducing Dot deep simplicity can be a virtue for the right audience, as it has the potential to be easily understood by the youngest of readers, and the ample white space and general sense of upbeat abstraction offers plenty of room for imagination on the reader’s part. Introducing Dot can be expanded upon or appreciated as the first stepping stone on the way to more reading and schooling adventures.
Takeaway: Minimalist introduction to reading and preschool for early readers.
Comparable Titles: Debora Vogrig and Pia Valentinis’s Line and Scribble, Laura Ljungkvist’s A Line Can Be.
Design and typography: A-
Marketing copy: B