Goodnight gadgets everywhere

March 9, 2012

If you are a parent, you probably remember reading the oh-so-sleepy children’s classic Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. In it a child bunny says goodnight to everything: Goodnight room. Goodnight moon. Goodnight cow jumping over the moon. Goodnight light, and the red balloon … While Goodnight Moon did a beautiful job capturing the essence of a peaceful 1947 house, it was time for a 21st Century update. Now parents can lull their children to sleep with Goodnight iPad by Ann Droyd (get it?)

“Goodnight iPad. Goodnight Doom. Goodnight bird launching over the moon. Goodnight Nooks and digital books …” I mean, who even notices the moon anymore with the glow of gadgets blinding us at night?

This book, subtitled “a parody for the next generation,” does a funny job reminding us of just how much times have changed. Gone are the days when the most exciting thing in a room could be “two little kittens and a pair of mittens.” Today’s house is plugged-in 24/7, and the bunnies in this book have clearly been to Best Buy more than a few times. They don’t just have an iPad to turn off, but also computers, giant TVs, Nooks, and BlackBerries. My favorite touch that David Milgrim (the actual author) includes in the illustrations is a television set with a video of a fire in a fireplace on the screen in front of the actual, empty fireplace. Sure drives home how absurdly hooked on our virtual lives we all are!

The room is full of beeps and dings and tap-tap-tapping, until the old woman bunny (aka Mom) has had enough. To the moans and protests of the little bunnies (and even the Daddy bunny) she pries every last tech toy out of their hands and throws them out the window. “Goodnight remotes and Netflix streams, Androids, apps, and glowing screens.” You can just feel the calm settle over the house, and finally everyone nods off. “Goodnight gadgets everywhere.”

Goodnight iPad offers an excellent opportunity to laugh at our screen-obsessed selves while it gently reminds us that, at the end of the day, everyone needs to power off and recharge.

And just so you don’t actually have to leave your computer, iPad or smartphone to read Goodnight iPad, here it is for your screen-viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

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