Goodnight iPad: a Parody for the Next Generation

Children’s Review
Recommended Ages 2 to 8
Goodnight iPad: a Parody for the Next Generation by Ann Droyd

Good Night Moon by Mary Wise Brown  is one of my favorite children’s books. My kids had me read it over and over to them. When I came across Good Night iPad, I wondered if it would be a something the kids in my storytime classes would enjoy?  The first group is made up of 3 year olds, their sibling and caregivers.  The second group is children ages 4 and 5.  Though close in age, they are very different and I rarely read the same books to both classes.   From stating the author’s name as Ann Droyd to the birds jumping over the moon, each class laughed or commented on the action taking place in the story.  Many of the children announced, “Angry Birds, I know them”.

The book is presented similarly to Good Night Moon in colors and rhymes, but the text is filled with present day technology references. We start in a bright buzzing room with bunnies. Babies in diapers, children and adults are using some kind of electronic gadget.  As the book continues, we see things getting out of hand. The old lady bunny gets fed up with everyone around her plugged into something. Even the fireplace is projected on a T.V. screen.  It is getting late. The tired old lady decides to take control of the situation by getting rid of the electronics from each and everyone to their utter dismay.  Finally all is quiet, the fireplace is lit with a real fire.  All the bunnies are sleeping except for one. This last  wide awake bunny is reading the book Good Night Moon by flashlight.  

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