Right away the book grabs your attention because with it’s cartoon characters and bright colors.
The only thing you really need to be successful with this book is access to a computer and the Chrome browser.
There are 10 chapters to work through and each chapter is short at an average of about 10 pages. It took my son about 30 minutes to work his way through the chapters. I’m including the list of chapter names because the author obviously has a sense of humor. I love the cleverness.
A quick view of the chapters:
Chapter 1: Hello World!
Chapter 2: Time to Operate
Chapter 3: Comment of the String Section
Chapter 4: Have Some Functions
Chapter 5: Shall I compare
Chapter 6: Logically Operational
Chapter 7: Projects Galore
Chapter 8: Hip Hip Array!
Chapter 9: Loop a Round
Chapter 10: Make a Hangman Game
One of the things that quickly became abundantly clear is that my son is NOT a detail orientated person. Ha! Just kidding that was no secret, he is a boy entering his teenage years after all. This made this book a bit of a challenge for him, because although the text made it crystal clear that you should NOT forget the semicolon!
Over and over again.
But the lesson was learned and after his 8th time -or somewhere around that number, he read carefully enough to remember.
Turns out, with coding you have to be pretty specific and following directions is pretty darn important.
That lesson alone- earns this book an A+ from me.
If you have a teen looking to learn code and you want something that is easy to follow along and have fun while you do it, this would be a great start into the world of code. In fact this book would make a great gift for a birthday or Christmas for that hard to buy for teen. Who knows, buy the book- then you may even be able to say that you were the one responsible for how the next CEO of Pixar got started.
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