I was recently offered the chance to read and review a book for Parragon Book Buddies. As a lover of books who is raising a fellow book lover, I jumped at the opportunity to apply. After a short wait, this lovely package came in the post. Kudos for the personalized label and festive crayon!
My 4 year old wasted no time opening it.
And we were introduced to Once Upon a Time…Online: Happily Ever After is Only a Click Away by David Bedford and Rosie Reeve.
While updated or twisted fairy tales have been popular for many years now, this book used a concept I’ve never seen before. What if the characters were given a laptop with unfettered online access and no adult supervision? Needless to say, it starts out quite fun for characters like Jack, Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, the Three Little Pigs, and even the Big Bad Wolf. But they soon realize there are consequences to being online, and especially to online orders without passwords! The Fairy Godmother has to save the day and teach the children about appropriate online usage.
My daughter enjoyed the book. “This book was so cool. I liked the castle.” I also enjoyed the book, particularly as a parent of a child who loves Daddy’s tablet and phone. It did a great job showing the appeal of technology, as well as the potential for problems. But it was done in a way that wasn’t scary. One concern I had was that the Fairy Godmother was just going to magic away all the technology, making the problem go away unrealistically. Instead, she took on the parental role of supervising usage and teaching the children to use technology appropriately. It’s a great way to introduce conversations about technology in a fun and age appropriate manner. I expect this to be a book that will be read quite a bit in the future.
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.