Wow! It’s hard to read this book and not feel a tad uncomfortable. But I like it – really. Todd’s TV by James Proimos is a terrific book, but I did wonder about the audience – children or parents. Both I think.
Todd’s TV is about a boy whose well meaning parents are so busy that they don’t have a lot of time or energy for their son. However, their TV does, and he begins to fill the void left by Todd’s parents – going so far as attending a parent-teacher conference with Todd. “I” ll take the kid, ” the TV says, “we spend so much time together anyway.” Kids will think the book is really funny. Some parents may squirm a bit. When Todd’s parents hear the TV announce his plans to adopt Todd, things begin to change. Yes, this is a cautionary tale. But what’s wrong with that? We certainly hear more than enough messages about “Must See TV.” It’s good to have a book that makes us think about turning it off.