Goodnight ipad

One of my favourite children’s books is called “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown.  This parody “Goodnight ipad” by Ann Droyd captures the plugged in world that our children live in today humorously and vividly.  I found it in the Blackheath Gleebooks and it made me laugh and laugh.

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It is a cautionary tale for parents as it takes the reader into a home dominated by electronic devices – remotes, consoles, e-book reader’s – in the three little nooks are ten thousand books – but when you look at the shelves, they are empty apart from a couple of kindles.  There are TVs, ipads, ipods, macbooks and the sounds that go with them – the bings, bongs and beeps of emails and tweets.

The mother decides she has had enough and bravely does what I have often threatened but never dared and hurls them out the window so that she can get all her children into bed:  “Goodnight nooks and digital books, Goodnight eminem Goodnight facebook friend, Good night LOLs Goodnight MP3s, Goodnight LCD Wi-Fi HDTV….”  The final picture is of one of the children tucked in bed with a torch and a copy of “Goodnight Moon”.

If you are interested in exploring the benefits of reading, I read this book recently on my ipad Stop what you’re doing and read this! – a collection of thoughtful essays by authors such as Zadie Smith, Jeanette Winterson, Nicholas Carr and Maryanne Wolf They are bite-sized and easy to read.

I am now reading The pleasures of reading in an age of distraction by Alan Jacobs, OUP, 2011.   It has been well reviewed in Christianity Today. This time, it is a real book, and feels beautiful to hold. Again, I found this in a real bookshop – Gleebooks in Blackheath.  Given the choice, I think I would choose real books over e-books any day.  My hope is that our children of today are raised in homes where there are real books on shelves that they can take to bed, read with a torch under their covers and cherish and return to again and again.

About sarahcondie

I am a Christian, a wife, a mother, an ex-librarian, a minister's wife, a women's Pastor, a quilter, a reader, I enjoy thinking about things slowly, I love cups of tea, I love sitting at my kitchen table in dappled sunlight and chatting with my friends, my children's friends, my family abut anything and everything.
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2 Responses to Goodnight ipad

  1. Jess Smith says:

    We’ve recently been given ‘Goodnight Moon’. I’ve been amazed at is soporific quality – incredible. I loved Goodnight iPad – what a fun warning!

    I love stopping by your blog, Sarah. I always end up reserving a whole pile of library books as a result. Here comes some Jill Murphy classics and Frederick – looking forward to it!

    Love Jess

  2. Sarah Condie says:

    Thanks Jess. Yes, I love how Goodnight Moon has a lull. Enjoy this time of reading to Aurora! It will pass all too quickly.

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