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Raspberry Pi for Kids [Paperback]

Computeractive , MagBook , Jonathan Parkyn , Ian Jackson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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Book Description

19 Sep 2013
The Raspberry Pi is the incredible £24 British computer that is taking the world by storm. It is ideal for children of all ages to experiment, play games and learn valuable skills at the same time. In our essential handbook, we explain why the Pi has such massive potential and show how parents and children can take full advantage of it. We will take you step-by-step through the basics of setting up and configuring the Pi and introduce tons of fun projects that families will enjoy working on together. Kids will love creating their own games and, in the process, they will learn everything they need to know about computer programming for the classroom and beyond!

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Product details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Dennis Publishing (19 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781062145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781062142
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 22 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Author, freelance technology journalist, writer, programmer, electronics designer and erstwhile sysadmin. A love of technology drives development of open source systems and documentation, as well as features and news for publications including Linux User & Developer, Custom PC, Micro Mart, IT Pro, Bit-Tech and Expert Reviews.

His website is at http://freelance.halfacree.co.uk.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide - for all ages 28 Oct 2013
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This is a clearly written and comprehensive guide to the Raspberry Pi. It covers everything from plugging the Pi in and installing an operating system on SD card to using it to run iPlayer on your tv and writing complex games. It's hard to see why it's particularly "for kids", apart from the fact that kids are famously better at understanding technology than their parents are. This is the first book I've read on the Pi and gives me the confidence to order one and get programing. It puts me in mind of the good old days of the BBC micro (so clearly I'm no kid)!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I got this for my son. He struggled with the language. The first few chapters were OK, but didn't explain everything clearly. After that the chapters were disjointed - they were clearly taken directly from magazine articles for adults. I have since purchased "Adventures In Raspberry Pi" which is a lot clearer.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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Aimed at parents/grandparents - I am in the latter group - considering buying a Pi for their kids. It tells you what it is, what you need to get it going and what it does/doesn't do, with detailed procedures, written in an easy style which leads you gently into the inevitable code you will have to write to get it to a usable state. I have worked with computers since the 1980's, am familiar with UNIX, C, Java, PHP etc. and still needed the instructions in this book to get my Pi up and running.
If you are thinking about buying a Pi, read this book first, then work out what extras you will need for your particular situation, for example, the Pi is designed to connect to a TV, not a monitor. If you decide to get one, you can then use the examples in this book to set it up, then give the book to the kids and let them take over.
Two languages are covered in detail - Scratch and Python. Scratch is aimed at younger children and teaches the fundamentals of programming by dragging and dropping jigsaw pieces into position, whereas Python is a proper programming tool for creating apps and has quite a steep learning curve. Both these languages, especially Python, are covered in detail with examples. I came across a couple of annoying typos, but apart from this they can be typed in and work ok.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For adults 27 April 2014
By Ro
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This magazine is for adults to read rather than for a child to follow.

IF you want to work through things with your child (or your child to work themselves possible for a tween/teen) I would go for adventures in raspberry pi
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - but not remotely "for kids" 22 April 2014
By anon
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This is an excellent guide to starting out with the Raspberry Pi; I just have no idea why it claims to be "for kids". Neither the content nor the presentation are particularly child-friendly. For example, one of the projects is creating a spreadsheet to calculate your tax - don't know about anyone else, but that's not remotely relevant to my 10-year-old.

I'm sure I'll use this book a fair bit, and then show the kids what I've learned. I'm just a bit disappointed that this isn't a book they'll want to use themselves.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Retail Price: £7.99 10 Dec 2013
This magazine is great - not just for kids, any novice to RaspberryPi. I bought it at Sainsbury's for £7.99, used it to set my Pi up as a NAS, and I'm now listening to music that I'm streaming from the Pi to my wi-fi speakers. Going to buy another and use it as a video streaming device for watching films. My laptop will be free from both of these tasks. All instructions to do this are in this magazine. I know you can find the info online, but this is simple, and saves time searching for entry-level instructions.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars informative but error ridden 27 Jan 2014
By Pugwash
I bought this to give to an 11 year old to get him up and running with a Pi we gave him for Christmas. The overall idea is good, but it is full of little niggly errors and typos. These don't matter too much in the text as you can guess what should have been written, but there are also errors in some of the code, for example the code to run Minecraft doesn't work as written in this guide, there is a missing ./ before one of the command lines. This led to some extreme disappointment from the aforementioned 11 year old, and we had to Google to find the correct code, which rather makes this pointless. With a little more attention to detail this would have done the job, as it stands its really really frustrating.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title: Do not buy this for a child. 22 Sep 2014
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The title of this book I very misleading. It is very definitely not for kids! The language used is not at all child friendly and as another reviewer has observed, an example of a tax calculating spreadsheet is hardly relevant to a child. There is also a massive tendency to use commands without explaining what they mean. This will simply encourage kids to treat computers as mysterious boxes with very little understanding of what is happening inside them. Surely not he objective of the RPi project.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great book not only for kids but good for someone ...
great book not only for kids but good for someone who wants to get a raspberry pi up and running quickly
Published 18 hours ago by James Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Starting Place for Raspberry Pi
Great place to start with Raspberry Pi - Recommend getting the book first - part of it covers what kit to get, so then you have a shopping list of what you actually need to get... Read more
Published 1 day ago by MRS G J Cajee
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book
Published 10 days ago by azsaleem
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of good content
Good Book. Walks you through things. As is the nature with the Pi, you are into more complex commands on some projects quite quickly. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Pjfawcett
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value
Perfect book, from simple to complex - so you can progress with it.
Published 19 days ago by David Miskimin
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book. Could be called Raspberry Pi for Grown-ups
Nice book. Could be called Raspberry Pi for Grown-ups. Doesn't spend too much time telling you about the project. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Mr D Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Looks good
This is my oldest grandson's10th birthday gizzit. Initial assessment: GOOD VALUE!
Published 1 month ago by Old Grumpy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 2 months ago by Glen Mattock
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
its an easy read for a tec subject.
Published 3 months ago by aeron debenham
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent item to match your Pi!
Excellent item and excellent condition. Have not read through this yet but obviously not for kids but bit more advanced which works for me. Read more
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