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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 15 September 2012
I'm an ICT teacher and a parent of young children.

I want my own kids and the kids I teach at school to learn to love Scratch and to feel enthusiastic about it.

This is the book that I have been waiting for - it LOOKS GORGEOUS, is a GREAT READ and INCLUDES A NICE RANGE OF DIFFERENT game types.

I'm pretty delighted with it but I would add a few words of caution:

It's expensive - few schools could afford a class set of these.

It is a bit prescriptive - draw this, press on this, add this control etc etc and could do with more explanation of what you are doing and why you are doing it.

But it is such a lovely book and the games are so appealing that I'm sure it would add that vital spark that moves you to find out more about the technical bits that make Scratch so powerful and so much fun.

A very recommended buy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 2 December 2012
I bought this for my 8 year old daughter who'd been showing some interest in programming. Scratch itself is really easy to install and once installed the book takes the reader through a set of really well structured tutorials. My daughter and I did the first chapter together, but after that she was off on her own.

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2013
I bought this as a gift for my friends 8 year old. He loves it an has not put it down since he got it. He needs a little parental super vision, but after chapter 2 was petty self sufficient. Scratch can be downloaded for offline work or can be run directly on the website.

Anyone above about 13 would find it a bit too kiddy. I think 7-13 is about the right age range.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2013
Bought this thinking I would read it and do some of the activities in preparation for working on Scratch with my 9 year old son, he got the book and I never got it back. He has worked through most of the book and has started adapting the games to add in his own ideas.

It is quite simply the "got to have" book for 8 year old upwards budding programmers.

The style is just right for a child to take it away and work through themselves - and come back knowing more than their geek dad!
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on 14 May 2014
I tried my nine year old first with Small Basic, but he quickly lost interest, whereas Scratch seems about right for getting kids of that age interested in ore than just playing games - and instead to start learning to make their own games instead. He is half way through this book now and still motivated, and developing an understanding of programming, as well as starting to see that all that boring maths he learns at school has some uses after all.

So if you want to get yours starting with programming, I can thoroughly recommend downloading Scratch which is free and buying this book which is based on a series of adventures to accompany it.

We bought the Kindle edition of the book, which needs a colour screen to do it justice, and 7" is also a bit small for comfortable reading, so I would suggest getting the paper edition instead.
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on 2 May 2013
I got this for my daughter (age 9 at the time) as I wanted her to have the sirt of hands on experience of computers that I remember from my childhood in the early 80s - zx81, bbc micro basic etc. Scratch is a fantastic programming environment (free download from MIT media lab) and this is an excellent introduction aimed at kids based on writing games. There are 8 games to program with themes based on classic games (truck on a road, maze) with nods to various films (the Matrix, Star Wars) and loosely linked together by a series of cartoon strips following the adventures of a computer programmer Mitch and the cat Scratchy. Both kids loved it, we've worked through almost all the games and learned a lot. Highly recommend this as an introduction to Scratch.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2013
I bought this book for my Grandson who was strugling with how to program the Raspberry. He tells me that it has made understanding how the programming is done and this allowed him to expand hie knowledge.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 14 October 2012
This is an exciting book -- glossy, colourful, and clear instructions that children can easily understand. My son was so psyched that he gasped at the different chapters and I had to stop him from doing it all at once. It's expensive compared to the books we normally by, but worth every penny. More please!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Bought as present. Giftees immediately competing to see who could produce best programs on Scratch. Serves as a contextual background in which imagination can take the next steps.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2013
As someone who does software for a living, I've tried a few ways to get my daughters (11 & 9) interested. Up to the point we got this book my efforts had been spectacularly unsuccessful.

My latest ploy involved buying a Raspberry Pi and this book. We "built a computer" together which they both really enjoyed. Younger daughter very taken by the ability to control tangible things with the Pi .

Elder daughter however has been buried in this book since it arrived. She's more than halfway through in 3 days: would be further except we've had to limit her time for sundry items like eating and sleeping!

It's wonderfully well-written: the style and tone are just right. The projects are manageable, fun and rewarding. Very, very pleased.
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