Did 'Goodnight iPad' Bedtime Story Disgrace a Classic?

Goodnight iPadParents, the stuff of our childhoods is under attack! First the movie remakes. Now they're taking on Goodnight Moon and making the most soothing book on the planet into a teched-up tome from gadgetville. I present to you the newest bedtime story on the shelves: Goodnight iPad.

And here you were worried that iPads would simply deny our kids the feel of a real book in their hands. This is so much more. Hands down parents' favorite children's book, the Margaret Wise Brown classic is now the newest victim in the parody trend that's given us the likes of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Gossip Girl: Psycho Killer.

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In all honesty, it's kind of cute. Author Ann Droyd is really a pseudonym for David Milgrim, author who brought our kids Best Baby Ever and Santa Duck. An advanced reader copy sent to The Stir reveals he brings his affinity for animals to this takedown of our uber-connected society. Instead of the old lady bunny perching in a corner, whispering "hush," she's wresting an iPad from the arms of an overly-engaged toddler who really needs to go to sleep.

It's an appropriate commentary for our times, where studies show as much as 20 percent of parents give their kids a cellphone to keep them quiet, and even old standards like Monopoly now come with gizmos to aid in gameplay. It's well done and interesting.

But on behalf of the classic bedtime stories, my hackles are raised. There's a reason the classics have withstood the test of time to show up on shelves generation after generation. They're that good. Parents can depend on them to impart the messages we most need to get across.

And they're touchstones. Like sharing a favorite movie or a favorite toy with my kid, sharing favorite books from my childhood adds another facet to the bond at bedtime. My daughter's copy of Goodnight Moon is actually my own, read by my parents to me and then to my brother, saved for the possibility of grandchildren.

So maybe it's just this one book; I'm pretty connected to that old lady, the mush, and the whole nine. But I'm wary of what favorite will come under attack next.

How do you feel about classic kids' stories being parodied? Do you care or is there a little part of you that feels responsible for keeping the sanctity of these treasured stories intact?

 

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