The Liking Tree: An Antisocial Media Fable

John Allen Wooden (Author) Mike Ferrin (Illustrator)

Product Details

Sourball Media Inc.
Publish Date
February 09, 2020
8.5 X 0.31 X 11.02 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

John Allen Wooden is an Emmy and Webby winning producer, writer, and 20-year veteran of online media and late night television. His writing has been described as "remarkable" by Esquire, "hilarious" by the New York Times, and featured on the Vanity Fair "In" list. The Liking Tree is his first book for kids, and the first in a series about the joys of minimizing big tech's takeover of contemporary childhood. An alumnus of Brown University, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two children, and a rapidly shrinking collection of screens. As you might expect, he's off social media, but keeps a small e-candle burning at
Mike Ferrin is a veteran cartoonist based in Kansas City, Missouri. Mike's punchy, heartfelt, and laugh-out-loud illustrations have graced the pages of over a dozen children's books, including the parodies "The Liking Tree" by John Allen Wooden and "Good Night Kim Jong Un" by Elizabeth Fuller. You can see more of Mike's work online at


"Bravo! Finally an entertaining and witty children's book that brilliantly conveys the dark side of social media to young readers! As a parody of a children's classic, The Liking Tree is also smart and compelling enough for parents as well. John Allen Wooden has done a tremendous service for all families with his innovative new book." - Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, author of Glow Kids

"An inoculation against social media's seductive pull--and a great conversation starter for people of all ages. (Kids, your parents should pay attention to its message, too!)" - Catherine Price, author of How to Break Up With Your Phone

"A perfect illustration of the toxic fruit that is social media. A powerful message for children and an eye-opener for parents." - Thomas Kersting, author of Disconnected: How To Protect Your Kids Against The Harmful Effects Of Device Dependency

"A fun and witty take on the growing influence of social media on children--with a powerful moral to inspire all digital families." - Elizabeth Milovidov, PhD, author of The Parent's Guide to Parenting in the Digital Age