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Goodnight Ipad: A Parody for the Next Generationby Ann Droyd
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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.
"Goodnight Moon gets millennial in this plugged-in parody from the aptly named Ann Droyd, aka David Milgrim (Eddie Gets Ready for School). The action happens not 'in the great green room,' with its quaint fireplace, but 'in the bright buzzing room,' with a TV's fake hearth. Rather than a rotary telephone and a red balloon, 'There was an iPad/ And a kid playing Doom/ And a screensaver of — / A bird launching over the moon.' (Naturally, the bird is an Angry one.) Playful cartoons picture a family of antic bunnies, each texting or tweeting, 'And a fed-up old woman/ Who was trying to sleep.' The grumpy granny begins tossing digital distractions out the window, as her desperate family members — of all ages — cling to her housecoat and beg her to relent: 'Goodnight LOLs/ Goodnight MP3s/ Goodnight LCD Wi-FI HDTV.' Outside, electronic gear lies heaped outside other windows, too, screens aglow. Milgrim mimes the original with perfect pitch, capturing us at our most technology- dependent (there's even 'a viral clip of a cat doing flips'). Parents who bought Go the F*ck to Sleep might invest in this for future reference. All ages." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
When the text of Goodnight Nanny-cam appeared online in the New Yorkerand#8217;s and#147;Shouts and Murmursand#8221; column, it garnered 100,000 hits and more than 15,000 Facebook likes in a matter of days. Filled with sly references to BPA-free bottles, Baby Einstein DVDs, and toddler tutors, Jen Nessel and Liz Ratnerand#8217;s send-up of the beloved childrenand#8217;s classic wittily skewers our modern culture of over-parenting. Parodies of Goodnight Moon are always popular, and Goodnight Nanny-cam is a gorgeously illustrated gift thatand#8217;s guaranteed to have alpha parents everywhere laughingand#151;and cringingand#151;in recognition.
About the Author
Ann Droyd is the pseudonym for an IRA/CBC Children's Choice winner who has written and illustrated over twenty picture books for young readers. Droyd's work is known for its sense of narrative, humor, and visual playfulness. Ann Droyd, who studied graphic design at Parsons, lives in Massachusetts.
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