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5.0 out of 5 stars The Nostalgia of it All!, 1 Jan. 2012
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It's 1971: computers are those strange machines that do odd things to Gas bills (Headlines such as Mrs Brown receives £999,999,982.45 Gas Bill were common) or are dark machines dedicated to global domination (See "The Forbin Project" or "The Billion Dollar Brain"). No-one - and I mean no-one - had a computer at home or even works directly with one in the office: mysterious machines indeed.

Then along comes Ladybird books and produces a simple, clear and highly readable book that explains the basics of what a computer does, how it does it and what can go wrong. Illustrated with a picture on every page, it doesn't patronise its audience (assumed to be 8-11 years old) but it doesn't avoid tackling some technical ideas, such as binary arithmetic.

For its time it was a terrific children's book: clear, concise and enjoyable. It is now rather past it, but as an example of how to write a children's book it cannot be bettered. As a final thought - There was a story that in the mid-70's the UK Ministry of Defence ordered 500 copies of this book to educate senior staff - if so, someone chose well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a book, 21 July 2010
This was a really great book and it really helped me learn about puters. Now I can surf the internet and send e-mails without any problems. Thank you magic Ladybird.

Leon Ross
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