Book: Goodnight iPad (2011)
Genre: Babies & Toddlers, Children’s General, and Parenting.
Ages: Babies & Toddlers up through parents and grandparents
In a bright buzzing room, in the glow of the moon-and iPhones and Androids and Blackberries too-it is time to say goodnight…
Modern life is abuzz. There are huge LCD WiFi HD TVs and Facebook requests and thumbs tapping texts and new viral clips of cats doing flips. Wouldn’t it be nice to say goodnight to all that? Like the rest of us who cannot resist just a few more scrolls and clicks, you may find yourself ready for bed while still clinging to your electronics long after dark. This book, which is made of paper, is a reminder for the child in all of us to power down at the end of the day. This hilarious parody not only pokes loving fun at the bygone quiet of the original classic, but also at our modern plugged-in lives. It will make you laugh, and it will also help you put yourself and your machines to sleep. Don’t worry, though. Your gadgets will be waiting for you, fully charged, in the morning.
Last Christmas when I was four days away from giving birth, my younger brother gave me Darth Vader and Son, and my older brother gave me Goodnight iPad. It was a truly awesome Christmas. This book is absolutely hilarious. I wouldn’t say it’s a mockery of the original, Goodnight Moon, I’d say it’s more a mockery of modern life and a tribute to Goodnight Moon. This is a perfect gift for plugged in parents, or parents with plugged in children who are fed up with all the craziness that is our world. How strange to think that my son was born into a world of cellphones, touch screens, and internet capable everythings.
Anyways, this book is great. It keeps the cadence of the original while thoroughly skewering all the signs of our times. Ironically, it’s available in e-reader form as well. Consider it highly recommended – but please, buy the paperback edition. Consider it your first step towards a less electronic life. 🙂
Side Note: This parody is gentle in tone – it is NOT like the Go the **** to Sleep book that was trendy a year or so back.
Have you read the book? How many electronic, internet capable devices are in YOUR bedroom when you’re trying to sleep? (We generally only have two – my husband’s iPhone and my Kindle.)
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