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Review: Goodnight Selfie

September 25, 2015

Goodnight Selfie

When a young girl is given her brother’s old camera phone, she becomes obsessed with taking selfies.  The photos take her through her busy day until her dad tells her it’s time to turn out the lights and she takes one final selfie.

Goodnight Selfie by Scott Menchin is an adorable picture book that I had mixed feelings about, probably because of my age.  I thought the illustrations by Pierre Collet-Derby were charming and I thought the selfies were a clever way to show the day in the life of a youngster but I wonder if cell phones and selfies are things that need to be promoted to young readers.  From my experience, it seems kids are fascinated enough by cell phones.    I have a feeling young parents and kids just accept them as a part of life, though, so they’ll enjoy Goodnight Selfie even more than I did.

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Review copy provided by Candlewick Press. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.


17 Comments leave one →
  1. September 25, 2015 7:38 am

    Oh my – the fact that this book exists is terrifying. Maybe I’m too old for it too!

  2. September 25, 2015 7:56 am

    I think it fits the time as most people are obsessed with selfies and kids are exposed to that. However, I don’t think promoting that to kids is a good thing. It’s bad enough that teens and adults are obsessed with constantly taking pictures of themselves.

    • September 25, 2015 7:57 am

      I guess I’ll have to read the book to see what its message is.

  3. Diane permalink
    September 25, 2015 8:26 am

    Maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t think very young kids need any “early” help with acting older faster.

  4. Patty permalink
    September 25, 2015 11:09 am

    The illustrations look so cute but kids want cell phones earlier and earlier!

  5. September 25, 2015 12:12 pm

    This does look like a cute book, but I agree kids get phones etc. much to early.

    My granddaughter got an Apple iPhone when she was 8. She also has had a laptop for about 5 years. Her brother doesn’t have his own phone but he has a tablet which he got when he was 4. He is always borrowing a phone from his mom, dad or sister to play games etc.

  6. September 25, 2015 1:56 pm

    It sounds cute.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  7. September 25, 2015 3:28 pm

    I wouldn’t say it’s your age. I think that I’m on the same wavelength as you. I keep my daughter interested in technology, but not to the point where its an obsession and selfies are not something we do here. Narcissism is too rampant these days.

  8. September 25, 2015 7:21 pm

    The selfie crazy is very strong right now! Thank you for sharing your thoughts about this children’s book, Kathy.

    • September 25, 2015 7:23 pm

      Oops–should be, the selfie craze , not the selfie crazy. But many are crazy about taking selfies! 😮

  9. September 25, 2015 8:13 pm

    I think I’d find this book annoying. Definitely will avoid it if I see my four-year-old pick it up at the library. I’ve never understood the obsession with selfies at all.

  10. September 26, 2015 3:23 pm

    I see what you mean, though I guess it was a matter of time before selfies hit the picture book set. The illustrations look really cute.

  11. September 27, 2015 9:22 am

    sign of the times for sure, re: your comment about me coming to wash your floors, no problem, I have a back issue, and when it gets really bad, on all fours seems to be the only relief.

  12. September 27, 2015 3:07 pm

    As a great grandmother, physically far away from most of my grandchildren and great grandchildren, I am loving the selfies that appear on social media. I would not know about the things that happen in their livers otherwise. Yes, I would prefer a letter or a card, but that is not going to happen. It is just the way it is. “sigh”

  13. September 30, 2015 12:12 pm

    It’s not your age. This is ridiculous. Nothing about how it is better to get off the phone sometimes and play outside? Or anything about not being vain? I definitely would not have this in my classroom or give it to my niece. I feel the author missed a great opportunity here.

  14. bookingmama permalink
    October 5, 2015 2:47 pm

    This sounds hilarious. Booking Son and I are always teasing the other two about taking selfies! We even call them “The Selfies”

  15. October 7, 2015 9:21 pm

    Selfies happen too often as it is I don’t think they need to be encouraged 🙂

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