#BabyLove: My Social Life
Written & Illustrated by Corine Dehghanpisheh
My Art to Inspire 7/09/2015
18 pages Ages 1—3
“’Click.’ ‘Tap.’ Tag and post. An adorable baby tells a modern tale about life in today’s digital world. #BabyLife: My Social Life highlights the social phenomena of sharing daily activities using technology and social networks.” [back cover]
An infant tells of life in the digital world. All day long, from the time he wakes up until he falls asleep at night, phones click and post, click and post. For friends, and especially family, social media plays is a ubiquitous part of their lives. Followers—thanks to various hashtags—know when the baby wakes, eats, plays, sleeps, giggles, wiggles, and listens to a book at reading time. The baby understands what is going on and what his expectations are: to look adorable for the family and friends’ photographs and posts.
#BabyLove: My Social Life is a commentary on kids growing up in our Internet saturated world. Every moment of the child’s life becomes fodder for all to see. It seems not a smile, grin, or hiccup goes unnoticed and undocumented. This means no privacy afforded to the child, a poor situation. Does the child change from all of this exposure? One would assume he would, but the book is simply a glimpse at the baby’s daily life.
Written in near perfect rhyming text, #BabyLove flows easily, making the story easy to read aloud. I’m not sure this is the story I want to read to a child. As social satire, #BabyLove should be required reading for adults who feel the need to document every moment of their baby’s life—though it needs read with thought as to how all this exposure and lack of privacy will affect the child later in life. I am not sure what a child should take away from reading #BabyLove. (Maybe, run and hide when the cameras pop out.)
The art is simple, effectively enhancing the story, as it should. I love the detail on some of the spreads, such as the one where baby is “reading” an upside down ABC book. On many pages, written below the baby’s activity, are the hashtags. A tired baby is happy for bedtime and no more photographs . . . until,
What a surprise—
Flashing, flashing in my eyes
I must say, I’m hesitant about #BabyLove, but not for anything on Dehghanpisheh’s part. The book is adorable, well written—in rhyme, not an easy task—and the illustrations are cute. I simply would not read this to a child. The Internet and all the social media commotion that goes with it will bombard a child’s life soon enough. Until that time, I’d like to keep childhood as purely World-Wide-Webless as possible.
My reservations aside, if you are looking for a fun, interesting, and well rhymed children’s book about how our digital world affects a baby’s life, #BabyLove: My Social Life would be worth your time. The smooth writing and interesting illustrations will keep you entertained.
3BABYLOVE: MY SOCIAL LIFE. Text and illustrations copyright © 2015 by Corine Dehghanpisheh. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, PUBLISHER, New York, NY.
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