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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
It has been said that technology makes life better for all of us. But does it really? The irony is that people feel lost, especially children, if they are not hardwired and attached to their technological devices from dinnertime to walking across the street. But what would happen if the circuits shorted and there was no access to our technological tools? Brandon's Pocket Guide to Surviving Without Technology (Brandon's Books) by Luke Mathius Harlow gives the reader an insight into what life would be like without our tech tools. As young readers experience Brandon making paper airplanes, reading a book, pushing his toy cars around the room, improving his handwriting, playing board games and cards, and even playing outside, they will see that there is life outside of their tech tools. If you are looking for fun ways to enjoy the simple pleasures of life again, this book is ideal.
Generations ago people were able to have fun together, and families were more connected and experienced a greater feeling of unity and connectedness than in the world today. Even though technology is slated to make our lives better, it is also tearing our lives apart. I enjoyed this simple book because it provides another perspective and takes the reader back to basics. Without technology, we will be more creative, use our hands and minds more, and get more fresh air. Watching Brandon as he compares using a mobile phone to sharing time with his family while baking. Or what about playing his PlayStation or Xbox, but instead he decides to play Monopoly, Scrabble or chess with his loved ones? There are so many things that we can do if technology did not exist or stopped working. What would you do if you no longer had any technological tools? Try it for a day; you will survive.