Goodnight Selfie

Goodnight Selfie

Book - 2015
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Smile! Here comes one of the most memorable (and share-able) selfies of a generation.

"There I am! My first selfie!"

After the star of this story gets her brother's hand-me-down camera-phone and a quick lesson in the "selfie," there is no stopping her! Anything can be turned into a selfie, and a host of adventures and misadventures caught on camera prove her point. Turning the camera-phone on herself becomes a part of her every day, all day long. Until, that is, it's time to call it a day. Turns out, camera-phones and kids alike need to recharge their batteries!
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780763631826
Characteristics: 32 unnumbered pages :,colour illustruations ;,25 x 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Collet-Derby, Pierre - Illustrator


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Jan 03, 2016

SUMMARY: Elsie gets a hand me down smart phone from her brother who teaches her how to take a selfie. She becomes obsessed with taking every possible kind of selfie she can. Her parents advise her to try taking pictures of others. She tries, but always includes herself in the pictures. Then she goes back to taking selfies. But it's bedtime and the selfie time must come to end. Elsie takes one last selfie to last until tomorrow.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The pictures were created digitally. They are cartoon in style, full of color and humor.

THE GOOD: This book is chock full of humor that makes you laugh out loud. Elsie has quite an exuberant and quirky personality. The writing is very creative and fun.
THE NOT AS GOOD: I have a problem with Elsie being allowed to be so obsessed with taking selfies literally all day long. She is not given any boundaries and she looks to be a young girl (maybe 6-8). She even takes the phone to bed with her. Her parents suggest she take pictures of others, but that doesn't really happen. And where are Elsie's friends? This story ends up being about a very self-centered little girl who is allowed to be on her phone all day. I would have loved to see her take the advice about taking pictures of others and to have seen some limitations. Unfortunately, this story only enforces an already technology centered society which is a shame because the book was so cute.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Advertised for ages 4-8. But honestly, I don't think this should be read to the younger ones because of the example it sets. This book is better for the age of children who can read this book for themselves 7-9.

LibrLdyMapleValley Dec 15, 2015

The reviewer got this right: "Collet-Derby valiantly plays with visual perspectives in his loose, cheery digital cartoons, but he can't escape the reality that an endless parade of selfies isn't much more interesting in the pages of a picture book than it is in an Instagram feed."
Not to mention the fact that the young character only shows an inkling of unselfish obsession briefly before flipping right back into the shallow, empty, lonely world of a selfie focused child. Great artwork lost on a pointless story.

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