“This is Doug. He’s a robot. Each morning, his parents plug him in to fill up with lots and lots of facts. They love their little robot and want him to be the smartest robot ever.”

But one day, Doug thinks he might want to leave his spot, plugged in indoors, to go investigate a pigeon outside his window.


He heads out, about to learn all kinds of new things about the world that information download never taught him… things like the screech of the subway and the beauty of flowers growing out of a crack in the sidewalk.

In today’s information age and the ever-growing presence of technology in children’s lives, Doug Unplugged makes a great case for children to get outside to experience the world.

Published 2013, Alfred A. Knopf, NY