Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Book Review - Goodnight iPad


Goodnight iPad: A Parody for the Next Generation

By: Ann Droyd
Publisher: Blue Rider Press
Publication Date: October 2011
ISBN: 978-0399158568
Reviewed by: Ellen Feld
Review Date: January 16, 2013

In this high-tech age of iPads, iPods, iPhones, and iEverythings, is it any wonder there is now a book putting all these gadgets to bed?

In a parody of - what else? - Goodnight Moon, author Ann Droyd first introduces all the electronic devices that are in use in one home. In light-hearted prose:


In the bright buzzing room
There was an iPad
And a kid playing Doom
And a screensaver of -
A bird launching over the moon


So much humming, so much buzzing, so much...NOISE! Poor old granny needs to get some sleep but with all the beeping, clicking, and clacking, how can she? "That's it!" she declares and sets about to shut down all the gadgets:


Goodnight remotes
And Netflix streams
Androids, apps,
And glowing screens


Goodnight iPad is a delightful, silly look at today's crazy world of electronics and how they have invaded our lives. While written as a children's book, it's really teens and adults who will appreciate this book the most. And the best part of this book? At the very end, two of the stars of the story cuddle in bed and use a flashlight to read...Goodnight Moon!


Quill says: Put down the iPad and read a book! If you feel anxiety while doing this, try reading Goodnight iPad first to help you transition to the land of books.