8in x 10in
Juvenile Fiction: Imagination & Play
5 to 9
"The unthinkable has happened – the Internet and Wi-Fi have gone down! A young girl and her Nana are not troubled by this – they have plenty of ideas that don’t involve technology. However, the girl’s parents are devastated – they whine and grumble and fret. Finally convincing them to go on an outing, the girl’s family has a lovely time playing soccer, riding bicycles, and relaxing in the park. The surprise ending explains why the Wi-Fi is still down after dinner time. This hilarious and timely story will resonate with all families having access to the Internet, regardless of country or culture. (K-3.)"
—Association of California Libraries
The Manic Panic
By Richa Jha
Illustrated by Mithila Ananth
How can a family survive when the internet goes down? Clearly the parents have no solution. Luckily, their daughter knows exactly what to do!
“This unexpected tale will have you grinning at the ingenuity of a young girl and her parents as they cope with an Internet outage. Nothing is what you expect which makes this a joy to read.”
—T.J. Shay, K-12 music teacher, KidLitTV contributor, and International Dot Day founder
“Some grown-ups have so much screen time that they just can’t cope when the wifi goes out. Luckily the grown-ups in Manic Panic live with a smart kid who loves to read and an adventurous grandma who knows how to have fun without the internet. Manic Panic is a wry look at the value of unplugged family time, even when someone is resistant to the real world. The illustrations add depth to the story, helping us to see all the small things we can miss when we’re glued to our phones.”
—Clare Doornbos, Book Passage
"What would you do if the Internet was down? Would you howl and bellow like the parents here? Or join your child in enjoying the park and family time? With humor and a clever protagonist, Jha puts a twist on a common problem of too much screen time—for adults."
— Scholastic Teacher Magazine
"A unique and utterly charming picture book."
—Midwest Book Review