Byatt, Danette. When I Was Your Age. New York: WorthyKids, 2023.
Peer into the future and reminisce about the present with this sci-fi picture book that speculates about a hopeful someday for today’s children.
Are you ready for a futuristic trip down memory lane? In this imaginative picture book, a grandmother reminisces to her grandchild Indigo about her childhood, back when humans lived on Earth and children biked to school instead of flying. On the new planet, robots do chores, telepathy has replaced texting, and cakes are 3D-printed. Each clever parallel between the past and present reveals both sweet similarities and stark differences. And though things are vastly different in this marvel-filled future, there is one thing that remains the same: the future is still bright.
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When I first saw the title of the book, When I Was Your Age, I expected it to be a modern day grandma sharing “the good old days” with her grandchild. But Danette Byatt took an interesting twist on the title. She writes the book from the perspective of a future grandma looking back on her childhood in the early 2000’s.
When I Was Your Age would make a great writing prompt. The first thing that comes to mind as I was reading was to have kids write a book in a similar style – predicting what type of life their grandchildren will live and what they will tell their grandchildren about their childhood.
When I Was Your Age would make an excellent addition to a K-12 Christian school library. It would make a great writing prompt for all ages. It would also make a great addition to a home or classroom library.
I received a complimentary copy of When I Was Your Age. This is my honest review.