If you give in to temptation and give a bored little mouse your iPhone, even for ten minutes, he’s probably going to beam to some faraway place beyond time, space, and the sound of your pleading voice. And if he’s that far gone, he won’t have any idea what’s going on around him, and he might end up missing out on all the real fun.
From the New York Times-bestselling author of Goodnight iPad comes a delightful new commentary on the perils of our tech-obsessed lives and a fully charged romp for readers of all ages.
From School Library Journal
Gr 1–2—The second "plugged-in parody" imitates the look and pattern of Laura Numeroff's popular cumulative mouse tale with the substitution of an iPhone for a cookie, as chatty Applesauce receives time from a young friend on a mobile smart device and subsequently gives it his sole attention. Single dimension, cartooned images with bold colors feature the mouse—"He won't hear a word you say," "won't have the slightest idea what's happening"—as he walks along, oblivious to surroundings or life-threatening dangers. Falling from a roller coaster, freeing all creatures at a wild animal amusement park, falling from a cliff into the ocean, or riding a dolphin to a remote island, Applesauce remains absorbed with the phone and tap-tapping away, ignoring his friend until the battery…runs…out. Speech bubbles continue a mostly one-sided conversation between the mouse and his remarkably calm friend. References to Minecraft, screen time, outlets, and chargers might take the vocabulary above its intended audience, but the dangers of Applesauce's tech-obsession are visually clear. Worth a discussion for any age, this offering is a suitable general purchase for all libraries.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
Praise for If You Give a Mouse an iPhone:
“In this tech-savvy parody of the contemporary classic If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, a hyperactive pet mouse named Applesauce goes off the deep end (literally) while mesmerized with his boy's iPhone.” — Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
ANN DROYD is the author of Goodnight iPad, and is also the pseudonym for David Milgrim, an IRA/CBC Children’s Choice winner who has written and illustrated more than twenty-five picture books for young readers, as well as Siri & Me. Milgrim, who studied graphic design at Parsons, lives with his family in Massachusetts.