21st Century If You Give a Mouse…


iphoneIf You Give a Mouse an iPhone

Written & illustrated by Ann Droyd (get it?)

Published by blue rider press, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-399-16926-7

Format: Print Book

40 Pages

Audience: those consumed with technology

Brief Summary

If you give a bored mouse an iPhone, he’s likely to become so consumed with it, that he is completely unaware of what is going on around him. Such is the case for Applesauce, when his owner gives him an iPhone to occupy his time for ten minutes. Only, ten minutes turned into a an adventure Applesauce didn’t even realize was taking place.

Review

This weekend while patronizing a local bookseller for Independent Bookstore Day, I came across this picturebook parody of a children’s lit classic. This 21st century take on the If You Give (a Mouse) series is absolutely hilarious! While fiction at its best, it is surely our unfortunate reality. This is such an accurate depiction of how so many people in our society – young and old – are dependent on smartphones, tablets, and the like. So much so that we allow them to consume our daily lives. I love how the author allows readers a glimpse into their own lives to see just how much they are missing when they’re glued to their devices.

Strengths

This book is extremely funny! It also causes you to self-reflect. If it doesn’t, you’re either way too attached to technology or probably can’t even stand owning a cell phone. Reading If You Give a Mouse an iPhone also makes you want to re-read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Take a Mouse to School; oldie but goodies.

Weaknesses

The pages become a bit busy at times, with double-page spread illustrations, text, and speech bubbles almost consuming the entirety of the pages. It can be a little overwhelming at first glance, causing you to wonder where to start reading.

Read-Alikes

  • Goodnight iPad by Ann Droyd
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff and other books in her collection

Here the story for yourself and let me know how you like it!

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