Many parents and kids got some kind of electronic gadget during the holidays. This family has at least one of each of the most popular ones. So, now is a good time to look at a couple of picture books that poke fun at our growing reliance on our iPads, Androids, Nooks, laptops and all the rest.
Goodnight iPad by Ann Droyd is one of a growing number of parodies of the classic book, Goodnight Moon. The book opens with almost everyone in the household, watching, listening, texting or talking on an iPad, a huge wifi HDTV, 3 little Nooks with ten thousand books, mp3 player or Blackberry. The bings, bongs and beeps of e-mails and tweets are keeping awake one fed up one old woman is trying to sleep. She starts rounding up and turning off all the gadgets, and we say “Good Night” to each one and finally everything is quiet and everyone is asleep.
The Sonoma County Library has several copies of this book.
Press Here by Herve Tullet takes a completely different approach. The artwork is simple, just colored dots. On the first page is one yellow dot. The text says “Press here and turn the page”. Viola! There are two yellow dots! Each page has an instruction and tells you to turn the page. You rub, tap, shake, tilt, blow and you clap your hands to make amazing things happen on the next page. Last summer, I was sitting with a soon to be first grader as he read this book. He really got it! He was thoroughly delighted.
Just a note: Viola is a lovely French word that means see. It is pronounced vwa-lah not wah-lah. This is French, not German.
The Sonoma County Library has many copies of this book.