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“Goodnight iPad” Is the Perfect Book for the Kid Who Has Everything That Beeps

Admittedly, it’s a little late for shopping tips.

But the next time you need to shop for the tiny tot who already has a Kindle, Xbox and tablet, might I recommend “Goodnight iPad” as an idea for the digerati?

The hardcover picture book is intended as a parody of the classic children’s book “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown, published pre-geek in 1947, but it offers a nice critique on our always-connected, gadget-filled world.

The Penguin tome is already an analog hit, with 120,000 copies published.

That’s because the book features great illustrations, along with killer lines like “and there were three little Nooks with 10,000 books” (with an empty book shelf behind the e-reader) and a “BlackBerry ringing with Eminem singing.”

Equally clever is “Ann Droyd,” the pseudonym chosen by children’s book author David Milgrim.

But, alas, the grandmother in the story becomes fed up with “the bings, bongs, and beeps of e-mails and tweets.”

Since I am both a big kid and a woman of many gadgets, my partner, AJ, naturally thought the book would be perfect for me. And it was.

And instead of “Goodnight stars, goodnight air, goodnight noises everywhere,” it’s also relevant to today in its reimagining:

“Goodnight remotes and Netflix streams, Androids, apps and glowing screens. Goodnight MacBook Air, goodnight gadgets everywhere.”

Here’s a video of the work to enjoy:

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work