"Even old retiree with below average IQ can follow along and prepare to teach the grandchildren." Amazon Customer said.
"Are you a young person who has an interest in making things happen by using computers? If you are, then this book is for you. Author Carrie Anne Philbin, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that will help you discover some of the amazing things you can do with your new Raspberry Pi.
Author Philbin, begins by showing you how to set up your Raspberry Pi, so it is ready for you to use for the first time. In addition, she shows you how to use commands to instruct your Raspberry Pi; as well as, discover how to navigate the file system, launch programs and download more applications to use with your Pi. The author also shows you how to create a crazy monkey animation and a role-playing adventure game using the graphical programming language and environment known as Scratch. Then, she continues by introducing you to the Python programming environment and some commands to enable you to draw shapes and repeat them to make patterns. The author then shows you how to use some of the concepts that you have already learned: Such as iteration and conditionals; as well as, many new constructs, to create a new game, where players answer questions to determine how the game will move forward. Next, she introduces you to the computer game Minecraft, where you'll use the Minecraft Pi version created for use on the Raspberry Pi. In addition, the author shows you how to transform your Raspberry Pi into an electronic synthesizer, as you learn how to program music, by using an application called Sonic Pi! She also shows you how to create electronic circuits, control lights, and even use marshmallows as input buttons to control computer games--all thanks to the GPIO pins on the Raspberry Pi! Finally, she shows you how to draw on all of the computational skills you have learned on your Pi journey so far, to enable you to make a Pi Jukebox with an LCD display, Play, Stop and Skip buttons--and a box!
Throughout this excellent book, every chapter is a separate adventure, showing you how to use new skills and concepts while you create a project. Also, this great book introduces you to many of the developer tools and projects available to you." COSMIC TRAVELER said.
"A great place to start the adventure. I got this book to start learning about coding with my 6 yo son. We have been gathering everything and will start running the projects quite soon. Nice descriptions and clear protocols to create different modules with your Raspberry Pi." J I. said.
"The book is well written and I love Philbin's youtube work. I heard her mention the book, immediately came to Amazon to purchase it...held up only to the fact that I saw a 2nd edition is soon to be released. I waited a couple weeks & still no 2nd edition, so I pulled the trigger.
I now wish that I had used those couple weeks to check it out from the library.
I feel like my biggest issue is the fact that there were many terms that were technical enough that my 10 year old couldn't read the book herself. While I normally would accept any retort concerning the targeted age group, in this case I cannot accept any notion of my 10 year old not being able to read this...she has read books since she was 2 years old, she tested at an 8th grade reading level in Kindergarten, and could have tested higher but the elementary schools are only capable of testing at the middle school level. The girl can read...and definitely at the level of an 11 year old.
My second issue was concerning the claims of 9 awesome projects. My count is really only 5 projects, if you really stretch your definition of project, I can accept a count of 7 projects. But there is in no way 9 projects in this book. And that's not including my thoughts on the word awesome since it's too subjective a subject to really broach. But if you asked me about the count of awesome projects, it's more like 2-3 awesome projects for a kid in the target demographic of 11-15 years old.
I felt like there was a lot of time wasted in setup, the first two 'projects' are devoted to getting to know the pi and they were essentially completely covered in a 10 minute youtube video.
Other than that, like I said, it was well written, I love the level of detail, and the path that it begins young children down. For that I can't give it a negative review, but to that end, the book is over priced in my opinion." str8moben said.