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5.0 out of 5 stars
Great project ideas for young Raspberry Pi users, 6 Dec 2013
This is a useful and interest-grabbing book which would, I think, make a better introduction to the Raspberry Pi for young users than the official User Guide. There are a number of projects that introduce young coders to Scratch, Python, SonicPi (a sound-generating language), Logo/Turtle and how to use Python to drive Minecraft.
There are then a couple of chapters on adding LEDs and buttons to the Pi's GPIO ports and also adding an LCD and buttons + the relevant software to turn your Pi into a jukebox. The construction instructions are backed up by videos on the publisher's website, which is great for anyone whose not constructed hardware before. This project is substantially more advanced than some of the simple "blink an LED" GPIO example projects you'll find elsewhere, demonstrating nicely how the author doesn't talk-down to her audience or avoid complex ideas.
All of the projects are well written and are quite substantial: each project starts simply and then is developed a few times before letting the reader off the leash with some suggestions for how they can take the idea further.
Overall, this is a good book who is especially suited to anyone who has bought a Raspberry Pi and is wondering what to do with it now that they unboxed it. Although it's clearly aimed at a teenage audience, I'd say I found this book very readable as an adult, too.