Non-Fiction Book Review: Code This!

Code This! by Jennifer Szymanski
Code This!: Puzzles, Games, Challenges, and Computer Coding Concepts for the Problem Solver in You
by  Jennifer SzymanskiCarlos Bueno 

4 out of 5 stars on GoodReads

This fascinating book teaches children the concepts and ideas behind computer programming, and provides simple coding problems to be solved. The challenges include activities, games, and crafts that can be completed to solve the puzzles, as the reader learns computer coding approaches like binary code, directions, algorithms, loops of code, debugging when there is a problem, and optimizing the commands given to the program. Using logic and simple commands, the reader learns to understand the basic structure of a computer program.
The puzzles are a lot of fun, and the narrative includes some cute robot characters. The reader has to help the robot characters to complete tasks by giving them commands in code. The robots explore caves and take photos of ancient artifacts, explore the ocean floor with a robot submarine, and repair a satellite in space. The reader has to give the right commands, so that the robot will navigate around obstacles in their path.

The artwork is colorful and really grabs your attention. The text is easy to read, and organized in small sections that are perfect for kids with small attention spans. There are some silly little jokes peppered throughout the chapters that keep the writing fresh and fun!

I was so interested in all these computer programming ideas! Not that the reader would actually know how to create a computer program after reading this, but it does give some good information of the basic concepts behind codes and programming that are age-appropriate for children. This would be sure to inspire some kids to research computer programming even further!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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