Need a Screen Break? Try this

Summary:

Start by turning off the phone. Then explore this book to find your creative spark, reinforce positivity, and build your personal confidence. Themed chapters, set up with a quote from a pop culture icon, provide instructional narrative on a topic and then leave room for the reader to engage with the content. Activities include reflective and mindfulness exercises, as well as drawing, doodling, and puzzles.


Parent Perspective:
I had really high hopes for this book because I love the concept: put down the phone and regain some balance and perspective in your life. I like the quotes by people tweens and teens idolize; I like that readers can pick activities they like and don't (necessarily) have to do them in a particular order. Then came the frustrations.

The pages are so crammed that they run counter to the author's idea of "decluttering" our brains. On multiple occasions, readers are invited to draw on the page - sometimes in three separate boxes. Not a lot of room to get creative. The question that kept coming to mind is who audience and how will they use this book? I don't believe in "boy books" and "girl books," but it will be seen as a book for feminine empowerment. Here's a simple example: 13 of the 22 pop culture icons quoted were women.

Also, it seems that the author tried to "talk teen," but the clevereness fell flat. Teens are likely to find the author's tone a bit too much like their parents' voices. Preteens (9-12) are likely going to need a "proctor" to help them with some of the topics. That they will need someone to help keep them "on task," says that it likely won't work for them.

Because it is a "workbook," so to speak, you may not find this at the library. Find a source where you can look at it yourself and decide whether you think it would work for the phone-addicted preteen or teen in your life.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

If you like books where you can start anywhere or write in a book, you will enjoy Braver Stronger Smarter. It's easy to spot activities you like to do and gives you a "safe space" to stretch your imagination and talents.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Type of Book:
This is a book that engages readers in thinking positively about themselves and sparking their creativity by having them to draw, puzzle, and t think on the pages.
Educational Themes:

This book can be a guided or self-guided exploration of figuring out who one is or wants to be. It is intended to spark creativity and confidence more than create "group" engagement.

Reading Level:
5.1
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
10 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Pick up a physical copy and thumb through it, then decide if it is a fit for your reader.

Title Braver Stronger Smarter: A Fun and Easy Guide to Being More Mindful, More Confident, and More YOU!
Author Vincent Vincent
Publisher Sourcebooks eXplore, Imprint Sourcebooks Kids ©
Illustrators Vincent Vincent
ISBN 9781728209531
Material Paperback
Cost $12.99
Genres Self Worth, Health (general), Games, Gaming and Puzzles, Interactive, Science - Technology
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