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A delightful picture book about the wonders of all the fun you can have inside AND outside, by the award-winning Steve Antony, author of the bestselling Please Mr Panda.

BLIP spends all day plugged into her computer, playing games and having fun. But when there is a POWER CUT, Blip goes down the stairs and out the front door, where she discovers playing games and having fun . . . OUTSIDE. Isn't it wonderful to be UNPLUGGED?

By Steve Antony, winner of the Oscar's First Book Prize, nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize.

" [A] gorgeous piece of propaganda for going outside." & "[T]he book is so elegantly illustrated and cleverly conceived."

Unplugged Reviews | Toppsta

  • ISBN: 9781444934168
  • Pub Date: 8th March 2018
  • Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
  • Imprint: Hodder Children's Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 32

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18th April '18
Elijah B. read it themselves aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
This book is utterly delightful. Elijah 5, thoroughly enjoys reading the story aloud to me and his 8-year-old sister. BLIP, who looks like a friendly little computer, discovers the wonderful world of outdoors when a power-cut takes her away from her usual screen time inside the house. We love the beautiful illustrations, and the contrast between the indoors black & white pages, and the colours of being outside, is very clever! A lovely quality, fun book with a good message...(I notice Unplugged is still on the sofa several days later so is obviously a favourite). 
Thank you for our free copy Toppsta.
We love it!
11th April '18
I read it to Squirt aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
What a lovely book! And very needed these days! I talk to my daughter quite a bit about screen time and how we should have to much and this story is great for explaining that there is so much for her to see and do in the world. 
We really like the little computer character Blip who loves playing on her computer all the time. One day there is a power cut and Blip is forced outside to play, discovering she can do all the things she liked on her computer in the beautiful outdoors and with friends. I liked the ways the outdoor pictures echoed the ones from her playing on her computer and my daughter's favourite was the page with all the different things they do, we have to list them all when we get to that part. 
A very good book I would recommend to anyone trying to find a balance for their child with technology. 
18th April '18
I read it to EricPeter aged 4 aged 4 & to EdmundRobert aged 9 months aged 0
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5 stars
We could not have enjoyed this book more! As soon as we opened the parcel, my four-year old son fell in love with Blip and wanted to find out what happened in the story. It was interesting to see his reaction as he went from initially thinking what she was doing on the computer looked amazing, to realising that what she did outdoors was even better. The black and white vs. colour helped to reinforce the difference. Computers lure us in but ultimately do not provide the same joy as frolicking outdoors!
As a parent I think this book has come at the right time; children are constantly tempted by screen time and it is so important to bring them up with a love of the outdoors. The delightful illustrations in the book really helped show how wonderful non-screen-time can be. 
The language in this story was just at the right level for my pre-schooler to start picking out words to read himself, and I liked the way the sentences were often laid out to mimic their meaning (i.e. going upstairs and downstairs). 
All in all, this book is a keeper; we really loved it!
11th April '18
I read it to Noah aged 7 aged 7 & to Flynn aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
Blip is a little robot who loves being plugged into her computer. She likes all the different things to do on the computer and could stay on it all day (and often does). One day when there is a power cut Blip literally stumbles outside and encounters a whole new world. Will she be able to find anything exciting to do outside or will Blip want to go back inside to her computer? We really enjoyed reading this book and I think parents and children alike will identify with its key message. It can be easy for everyone to get tangled up in electronics and forget what it's like outside and what fun can be had. We especially liked the juxtaposition of black and white pages when inside and the colour pages when outside. A wonderful book that is great fun to read.
13th April '18
I read it myself (an adult) & to Oscar2012 aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
Blip is our new best friend we have had the book 3 days now and we must have read the book 10+ times
We love blip living life in black and white, a lovely boring life until his life changes with a power cut, a fantastic book to explain there is more to life than computer games and T.V, and why there is never a no at the end of can I play out, this book is beautifully written and illustrated 
26th May '18
ElmBob read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
Well what can I say about this book...Not sure who had the most fun reading it. It was a very clever book by way of explaining to kids that you don't need to be glued to the TV permanently to keep occupied. I for one struggle to get him peeled away from it most days. Blip the computer suddenly has a power cut...Oh no!! In my house the world would have ended...explains there is so much more in the outside world to see and do.

I would highly recommend this book. Well worth a read for adults and kids alike. 
19th June '18
I read it to Books are Brilliant Book Club aged 6 to 7
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5 stars
Blip loves spending her days plugged into her computer. She can learn things, play music, read, play games. In fact, she can do so many things, there’s no reason ever to unplug. But that’s exactly what happens during a power cut, and Blip finds herself outside...

With a much-needed message on the dangers of screen time, Unplugged is a fabulous story, brilliantly illustrated, from greyscale to colour and back again, demonstrating the the joys of being unplugged. We (my Year 3 bookclub) spent a very long time pouring over the imagery and discussing the stories within:

“I loved the change from the dull indoors to the bright and colourful world outside.”
“iPads and consoles are fun, but it’s not the same as playing with your friends.”
“You get to use your imagination with your imagination with your friends. You can’t do that stuck to a screen.”
“I loved this book so much. Blip found out that friends are the best thing you can have!”
1st May '18
I read it to Year 1 class aged 5 to 6
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5 stars
What a lovely story. Beautiful illustrations and helped my class to see that time away from screens is important and there is more to life,
18th March '18
I read it to Kerfuffle aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
My 4 year old son loves this story. He spends a lot of time wanting to play computer games and this was a great way of a friendly character giving the message that there are so many other things to see in the world! Blip the main character is friendly and funny and a real hit with my son. He's just learning to read and this book was accessible for him to read some words himself 
16th April '18
I read it to AlexK aged 6 aged 6 & to BobbyK aged 5 aged 5
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4 stars
This was a lovely story about Blip who is always plugged into her computer screen. Until one day there is a power cut and she has to go outside to play. I liked how when she was on a screen the illustrations were in black & white but as soon as she went outside the illustrations were in colour, a great touch. It helped create conversations with my 6 & 5 year olds about screen time and how much they can have, an issue I'm sure a lot of parents will have with there children.  
12th May '18
I read it to Train boy aged 6 aged 6
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3 stars
Let me start by saying that this book deals with an important and timely message about technology shrinking the experiences and balance of healthy activity of children in today's society. If a story can plant a seed in children's mind about getting outside and ditching the screens - then it's an important book.

However,  unplugged is a little lacking in some areas and if truth be told - a little bland in it's delivery of the message. The story is fairly flat and although my 6 year old was interested on the first read, he lost attention towards the end and it wouldn't stand up to a second read. Perhaps it is more for a younger audience of 1 to 4.....

Another reviewer made a very good point -  that it is rather cliche for this book to represent computers as black and white with blocky graphics. 

In this sense, like computers of the 80's, the comparison between boring screens and a bright and colourful outside world isn't really how children of today's society experience computers. Computer games now are bright, colourful, multi sensory experiences and this book just doesn't represent the reality of how our children experience computer play today. 

The story follows Blip, a robot. Blip spends most of her time plugged into her computer. but when there's a power cut Blip discovers the joys of the great outdoors, playing games, dancing and having fun. 
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About Steve Antony

Steve Antony is an award winning, bestselling children's book writer and illustrator based in Swindon in the UK. His 2014 debut, The Queen's Hat , won the Oscar's First Book Prize, was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for a clutch of awards, including the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. Steve's other books include Pleas...

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