The Day the Swing Stopped is about a girl named Ellie Jaymes. She lives in a very modern city where they have the latest technology: everything from a dresser that shoots her clothes out, to a drink maker. She goes to school, where all they do is work on computers. At lunch, she accidentally hits someone else and doesn't know what to say, for texting says all her words. She goes home and complains to her parents, but all her parents tell her to do is relax and play video games. The next day, the power goes out, and they don't know what to do. Their teacher remembers playing at Rainbow Star Park, he then takes his class there. Ellie gains the courage to try the slide – and things start to change!
I liked this book because the illustrations were unique. It also told an important lesson about technology. I also liked that it was a story in poem form. However, that could pose problems to some who may not understand what's going on because of the poem format. It started off differently than I expected, but the story ended up unfolding perfectly. I would recommend this book to 5-10-year-olds or anyone (even parents) who need to learn the powerful lessons about the importance of play and not being consumed by technology.