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Review: If You Give a Mouse an iPhone

June 27, 2014

If you give a mouse an iPhone

While a young boy is making a sandwich, his pet mouse, Applesauce, keeps asking for things.  In order to distract Applesauce, he gives him his phone, saying,

I’ll tell you what — If you leave me alone for ten minutes, I’ll let you play on my phone.

Applesauce is excited to have the phone to play with but, when the ten minutes are up, he doesn’t give it up.  He’s so distracted by the phone, he misses out on all the fun things going on around him.  He doesn’t watch where he’s going and ends up on a deserted island when the battery runs out.  Since there’s no place to charge the phone, he forgets about it and finally has some real fun.

If You Give a Mouse an iPhone by Ann Droyd (a pseudonym of David Milgrim) is a great twist on an old classic.  It’s got a terrific message for kids and adults.  It’s told with humor so kids just might take the hint and put down their electronics for a little while.   Adults will see why it’s not always the best idea to distract kids with gadgets.

The illustrations in this book are adorable and enhance the story.  They help draw readers in and will engage youngsters.  If You Give a Mouse an iPhone doesn’t come out until October, but it’s well worth the wait!

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site tomorrow.

Review copy provided by Penguin Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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21 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth F permalink
    June 27, 2014 5:57 am

    Fun! And a good lesson too

  2. June 27, 2014 6:15 am

    This sounds very funny. I wonder if there will be a whole series now of books with “If You Give A Mouse A….” like there are a whole series of “Goodnight….”

  3. June 27, 2014 7:02 am

    Hilarious! Ann Droyd’s Goodnight iPad is also very good. :)

  4. June 27, 2014 7:24 am

    Love it – can’t wait to take a look!

  5. June 27, 2014 8:13 am

    This sounds like a cute story and I can think of a few young friends that might enjoy this.

  6. June 27, 2014 10:30 am

    Haha! I love the sounds of this one!

  7. June 27, 2014 10:40 am

    I need to check this one out!

  8. Beth Hoffman permalink
    June 27, 2014 10:44 am

    The cover is adorable! I know someone who really, really needs this book. Thanks, Kathy!

  9. June 27, 2014 12:09 pm

    It sounds like a fun and funny one!

  10. June 27, 2014 2:30 pm

    This sounds so cute! :)

  11. bookingmama permalink
    June 27, 2014 4:26 pm

    I have this one too and it looks adorable!

  12. June 27, 2014 7:32 pm

    This sounds great.

  13. June 27, 2014 7:36 pm

    Wow. I know those words. We let my daughter use smart devices for small amounts of time when we need a minute or we’re out and about. She never wants to give them up. So we usually have to give her a time frame and then count her down to get it back. Sounds like a cute cautionary tale for parents and kids.

  14. June 27, 2014 7:46 pm

    reminds me of a recent tv commercial where the kids are at all different events but boy have they got their phones out and not even paying attention to all the fun stuff around – love the sound of this one!

  15. June 27, 2014 8:23 pm

    Sounds great. Gonna check it out for my niece.

  16. June 27, 2014 9:23 pm

    I need this one.

  17. June 27, 2014 11:30 pm

    Way to make me feel old! I handsold a lot of this “old classic” back in the day! It was my favorite book :)

  18. June 28, 2014 6:44 pm

    My brother gave my daughter a bunch of these type books for her birthday, and she enjoys them quite a bit. This one sounds funny. :-)

  19. June 29, 2014 1:48 pm

    Oh yeah, I need to give this book to all the parents I know whose kids are on their gadgets almost all the time. It annoys me so much! Kids don’t even seem to want to go out and play. Instead, I see some parents give device after device as birthday presents.

  20. June 30, 2014 3:52 pm

    Aww I loved reading these with my daughter long ago. I like this topical spin – definitely relatable for a lot of us.

  21. July 1, 2014 1:03 pm

    Am I the only one who feels that this particular title ruined the series? I guess I am! I love how sweet and charming the other books are and when I saw this title, I thought it was a joke.

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