Funny Business with Jane Wells

‘Goodnight iPad’ — A Bedtime Story for Adults

Have trouble sleeping?

Maybe it's your iPad .

We are so connected during the day it becomes difficult to disconnect at night. There's always one more Tweet to send, one final peak at Facebook, three more emails to write, one last check of TMZ.


Here's how.


A book called "Goodnight iPad" has been written by someone using the clever nom de plume Ann Droyd.

The book parodies one of my favorite children's books, "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown (my son always laughed at the line, "Goodnight nobody").

In Droyd's new take on the story, you don't say goodnight to the cow jumping over the moon, but to the Angry Bird jumping over it.

You also say goodnight to your digital devices, Eminem on your mp3 player, and your humungous TV "with BOSE 5.1, six remotes, and 3D." Note which movie is playing on TV in the Youtube version of the book (for those of you under the age of 40, Google “Stanley Kubrick”).

Part of the writing evokes Dr. Seuss — "the bings bongs and beeps of emails and tweets." What would he have said about the world today? All the Whos down in Whoville wouldn’t even notice the Grinch stole Christmas now unless he put it online.

The book ends with a grandmother reading a real book, not a Nook, to a child. It's "Goodnight Moon", illuminated by flashlight. The image alone is calming. Goodnight nobody, indeed. This funny book has a serious message.

I think I’ll tweet about it.

Maybe later.

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