Ollie Outsideby Michael Oberschneider,

Guy Wolek (Illustrations)

5 Stars

Published Date: September 1, 2016Publisher: Ollie has a big imagination and big plans for summer. But no one in his family wants to go outside and play. Dad is sending emails, Mom is watching TV, Ollie’s siblings are playing video games and texting—even Gram and Gramps are too busy downloading photos. Too much screen time! How can Ollie get his family to shut off their gadgets and play together?

My Review: I labelled this book adult, child, middle grades because I think everyone should read this book. Ollie has wonderful plans for the backyard this summer. He just can’t get anyone from his family to come outside and spend any time with him. His parents, siblings and grandparents are all too busy with their electronics and their various functions. Only Lucy the dog comes out to play. When Ollie gets depressed and upset, he hides in his fort and does not go in when called for dinner. As his family members come outside to look for him, they are amazed at the fort he has built and join him in some outside time.

The back of the book has information about the amount of time young people should be in front of a screen, benefits of being active, reconnecting without screens and tips and guidelines including how to limit your own screen time. A wonderful book for families to read together and talk about. With all the technology in our world today, this book is extremely timely and very important. It should be in every home.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.