Todd’s TV by James Proimos

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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.

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