From the publisher, Scholastic : “When Popcorn, the friendliest chicken at Fiddlesticks Farm, finds a forgotten smartphone in the barn, she sets about making some brand new friends. Soon she is so busy sending messages to them that she begins to forget her old friends. “
The Fabulous Friend Machine  by author Nick Bland is a cautionary tale about the hazards of the use of technology, specifically social media. In simple direct language and brilliant illustrations, the reader follows how Popcorn’s outgoing nature becomes affected by the discovery of a smartphone. Popcorn quickly becomes addicted to her device, all the while ignoring her friends on Fiddlesticks Farm.
From an adult standpoint, this tale reveals how one must set an example/role model for little ones in the use/abuse of technology.
Nick Bland’s story will definitely lead to many discussions on how to use technology responsibly…from screen time use; setting privacy boundaries and real relationships.