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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 t 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!


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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 t 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!

30 review for Goodnight Selfie

  1. 4 out of 5

    Laura Harrison

    The title of this book didn't impress me terribly. My expections were not high. Then I read Goodnight Selfie. It is a laugh aloud fun romp. Perfect for older picture book readers-the text and jubilant illustrations compliment each other perfectly. It is a terrific picturebook. The title of this book didn't impress me terribly. My expections were not high. Then I read Goodnight Selfie. It is a laugh aloud fun romp. Perfect for older picture book readers-the text and jubilant illustrations compliment each other perfectly. It is a terrific picturebook.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Whitney Troxel

    This review was originally posted on the Children's Book and Media Review. After receiving a hand-me-down camera phone from her brother, a young girl learns how to take pictures of herself or selfies. She then spends the day taking selfies in every situation imaginable. Before long it’s time for bed and she takes one final goodnight-selfie. While the illustrations are beautiful and charming, Goodnight Selfie is a sad commentary about society. The young girl is clearly excited about her new phone’s This review was originally posted on the Children's Book and Media Review. After receiving a hand-me-down camera phone from her brother, a young girl learns how to take pictures of herself or selfies. She then spends the day taking selfies in every situation imaginable. Before long it’s time for bed and she takes one final goodnight-selfie. While the illustrations are beautiful and charming, Goodnight Selfie is a sad commentary about society. The young girl is clearly excited about her new phone’s capabilities, but her behavior comes across as self-absorbed. Her parents do little to change her behavior, simply suggesting she take pictures with other people. But that idea is short-lived as she goes right back to taking selfies. While adults might enjoy the ironic nature of the book, children might seek to emulate the behavior making this book unsuitable for young audiences.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary Luzader

    Yeah, let's teach our kids about selfies. Selfie while I'm making a mess eating. Selfie while I'm riding a skateboard. I wonder how she got the boo boo for her "boo boo selfie." This book just plain made me mad. Yeah, let's teach our kids about selfies. Selfie while I'm making a mess eating. Selfie while I'm riding a skateboard. I wonder how she got the boo boo for her "boo boo selfie." This book just plain made me mad.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sphinx Feathers

    The fact that this book exists very much bothers me. I am not an advocate of children having cell phones and this book perpetuates the idea that this is okay. Furthermore, it has the child doing nothing except taking selfies to the detriment of everything else. I recognize that the book is tongue-in-cheek, but that would belong more in the humor section and to parents along with Go the F**K to Sleep than to children's picture books. The fact that this book exists very much bothers me. I am not an advocate of children having cell phones and this book perpetuates the idea that this is okay. Furthermore, it has the child doing nothing except taking selfies to the detriment of everything else. I recognize that the book is tongue-in-cheek, but that would belong more in the humor section and to parents along with Go the F**K to Sleep than to children's picture books.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Where is my excited selfie? Really glad I took a chance on getting this book for our LRC since it is cute in both print and art. A new aged picture book is great to come across. Can really connect to society and our tech obsessed lives.

  6. 4 out of 5

    LaShawn

    A picture book to get the nonsense started early. Nice artwork though.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    Love the illustrations in this one, but the concept leaves a bit to be desired. A little girl gets a camera phone and proceeds to take selfies in every situation. Nothing wrong with selfies, but I wish it would have shown the novelty wearing off or a focus on pictures of something besides herself, at least some of the time.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marcia

    It's all about the selfie. The book takes a gentle stand on our self-focused obsession. A good tool to add to my digital citizenship tool box with the lower school. It's all about the selfie. The book takes a gentle stand on our self-focused obsession. A good tool to add to my digital citizenship tool box with the lower school.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gwen

    simple, cute idea. So many reviews say it's sad that there is a book teaching kids all about selfies, but that's just the age we're in. Kids have cellphones. Kids take photos of their favorite things or of moments happening in their lives. That's just how it is. simple, cute idea. So many reviews say it's sad that there is a book teaching kids all about selfies, but that's just the age we're in. Kids have cellphones. Kids take photos of their favorite things or of moments happening in their lives. That's just how it is.

  10. 4 out of 5

    J

    **I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways** The only reason I am giving this book two stars instead of one is because the illustrations are cute. They have a bit of a vintage flair, which is odd since it is a book about modern technology, but I liked the style. As for the book itself - no. The only way I would let my kids read this was if we used it as a teaching tool of how NOT to be. No way do I want my kids to think being completely self absorbed to the detriment of all other **I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways** The only reason I am giving this book two stars instead of one is because the illustrations are cute. They have a bit of a vintage flair, which is odd since it is a book about modern technology, but I liked the style. As for the book itself - no. The only way I would let my kids read this was if we used it as a teaching tool of how NOT to be. No way do I want my kids to think being completely self absorbed to the detriment of all other things would ever be ok. Not sure what the author had in mind with this one. I expected it to end with some sort of lesson. To make a point about how much you miss out on when only focused on yourself. Something like that. I think if that had been the conclusion it would have turned out to be a great little book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Patrycja

    Well... It is a story of a little girl who got a cellphone and started taking selfies. While she eats, plays, brushes teeth etc. she snaps a photo of herself. What my problem with this story is that it encourages to actually take selfies! I don't think this is what we should teach our kids! It is teaching kids how to be stupid by taking selfies! For Sake! Can't we teach some more useful things? (But if you take this story with some distance and read it just to yourself, than yes it is kind of funn Well... It is a story of a little girl who got a cellphone and started taking selfies. While she eats, plays, brushes teeth etc. she snaps a photo of herself. What my problem with this story is that it encourages to actually take selfies! I don't think this is what we should teach our kids! It is teaching kids how to be stupid by taking selfies! For Sake! Can't we teach some more useful things? (But if you take this story with some distance and read it just to yourself, than yes it is kind of funny.) I love illustrations though. They are super cute!

  12. 5 out of 5

    James

    I received this book for free through Goodreads first-reads. It was a cute little book that my daughter (who loves sneaking away with the camera and taking selfies) really enjoyed. If anything, it gave her some new ideas on taking these selfies.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    This book I received from a Goodreads Giveaway. At first I wasn't sure about a "selfie" book especially for young children. But my doubts were dissolved. The book is really cute, simple and colourful. This is a book I can see my children reading over and over again. It was truly enjoyable. This book I received from a Goodreads Giveaway. At first I wasn't sure about a "selfie" book especially for young children. But my doubts were dissolved. The book is really cute, simple and colourful. This is a book I can see my children reading over and over again. It was truly enjoyable.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Johnson

    Won this book from Goodreads. Cute, cute, cute!! Illustrations are great.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alyx Campbell

    Age: Preschool, school age ECRR: play

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I loved the illustrations! They were great :) The story made me sad.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jnase1

    Illustrations were really cute, but I wish the story gave more of a positive message. It also bothered me that the grandmother's name was Grandma Joe, not Grandma Jo. That is a common mistake. The female version of the name Joe is spelled J-o. Not sure why the editors didn't catch that- or maybe it was intentional. It is a pet peeve of mine though, since I am a Jo and many people spell my name J-o-e. Illustrations were really cute, but I wish the story gave more of a positive message. It also bothered me that the grandmother's name was Grandma Joe, not Grandma Jo. That is a common mistake. The female version of the name Joe is spelled J-o. Not sure why the editors didn't catch that- or maybe it was intentional. It is a pet peeve of mine though, since I am a Jo and many people spell my name J-o-e.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Fadzli

    Read this to my four-year-old daughter and she loved it. Learnt new vocabulary (selfie: a photo of oneself using the front-facing camera of a phone), too. Especially pleasing for me we’re the underlying themes of family and capturing precious moments and feelings permanently via photo stills. We should never overlook living in the moment: sometimes we forget that the past has gone and the future has yet to arrive. So live!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Al

    A bit of a missed opportunity here. It explains what a selfie is and I appreciate the mom interjecting about "elsies" (selfies with other people). There's nothing, however, about a digital footprint. To be fair, it doesn't appear that the girl posts any of her selfies. She just has fun taking them and exploring her moods, but she does come off a bit self-obsessed. A bit of a missed opportunity here. It explains what a selfie is and I appreciate the mom interjecting about "elsies" (selfies with other people). There's nothing, however, about a digital footprint. To be fair, it doesn't appear that the girl posts any of her selfies. She just has fun taking them and exploring her moods, but she does come off a bit self-obsessed.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Vivi

    I'm not entirely sure I really like this. It's all about a girl who's excited to have her brother's old camera phone (as phrased by the book). She takes selfie after selfie and doesn't really have any consequences, even when it's not particularly safe. I know selfies are going to be a part of life but it really takes it to extreme. So mixed feelings. Art is nice, story is okay. I'm not entirely sure I really like this. It's all about a girl who's excited to have her brother's old camera phone (as phrased by the book). She takes selfie after selfie and doesn't really have any consequences, even when it's not particularly safe. I know selfies are going to be a part of life but it really takes it to extreme. So mixed feelings. Art is nice, story is okay.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie Burns

    A little girl learns how to take a selfie and she just can’t stop! She takes selfies everywhere! She even takes elsie’s (pictures of other people) and Eli’s-selfies (pictures of her with other people). No message in this story really but you could use to springboard a conversation about appropriate pictures to take and how to use or not use them.

  22. 4 out of 5

    MeganRuth - Alohamora Open a Book

    There may be far too many in society that are selfie obsessed if we have reached the point that there's a picture book about taking selfie's constantly. An okay read, just makes me think the constant selfies are not setting a great example for kids. There may be far too many in society that are selfie obsessed if we have reached the point that there's a picture book about taking selfie's constantly. An okay read, just makes me think the constant selfies are not setting a great example for kids.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lara Bate

    Goodnight Selfie by Scott Menchin is a story which lots of adjectives and at the same time teaches children about phones and taking selfies. The girl in the story then ends up taking photos of her with other people and calls it an "elsie". It's a very relevant book in today's world. Goodnight Selfie by Scott Menchin is a story which lots of adjectives and at the same time teaches children about phones and taking selfies. The girl in the story then ends up taking photos of her with other people and calls it an "elsie". It's a very relevant book in today's world.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    Fun pictures and story. Vibrant colors. Adorable.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I understand this book is reflective of children today who take selfies, but I do not think this trend is healthy for them. As for this book, it was written and illustrated well.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Krissy Neddo

    Dang! Thought this book would have more a message, like Nerdy Bird Tweets. So tired of preschool/Kinder books pandering to adult humor. Sigh.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    A little girl is given a camera phone and she takes selfies all day long. Nothing likable about this one.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Caufman

    A girl gets her brother's old phone and he teaches her how to take a selfie and the whole rest of the book is about the different types of selfies she takes. A girl gets her brother's old phone and he teaches her how to take a selfie and the whole rest of the book is about the different types of selfies she takes.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Cute premise, but zero plot. Fun illustrations.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Vera Godley

    Phones that take pictures is not so new but it isn’t an old technology, either. The advent of the smartphone and its ability to take fantastic pictures ushered in an entirely new fascination that has captivated the minds and attention and consuming addiction of smart phone holders worldwide. So when a young girl (elementary age) inherits her brother’s castoff smart phone, she embarks on her own addition of taking her “selfie” pictures. She takes one hither and yonder, from up and from down, from Phones that take pictures is not so new but it isn’t an old technology, either. The advent of the smartphone and its ability to take fantastic pictures ushered in an entirely new fascination that has captivated the minds and attention and consuming addiction of smart phone holders worldwide. So when a young girl (elementary age) inherits her brother’s castoff smart phone, she embarks on her own addition of taking her “selfie” pictures. She takes one hither and yonder, from up and from down, from sideways and backwards. She is fascinated. Addictively fascinated! And then it is bedtime. But she still wants to continue to take selfies. But sleep must come – for her and her phone. They both need to recharge their batteries. The consummate addiction of the majority of today’s society with smartphone “selfies” is no respecter of age. You don’t have to be a grown up to pursue this addiction. As long as you have your “source” – the smartphone – you can become an addict. Of course, addition is not openly addressed in the picture book, but the subtle message is certainly there. We can become so consumed with this urge to click a “selfie” that reality takes a back seat. So with the click of one final “selfie” our little friend puts it away and recharges her own battery with a bit of sleep. Perhaps another look at recharging batteries on a deeper level than a night’s sleep is called for. This is a cute book and children will love it. Hopefully, it won’t encourage more to become engrossed in the taking of “selfie” pictures. I was provided a complimentary copy to facilitate this review.

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