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How to Code a Rollercoaster

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Girl and robot use coding ideas to navigate amusement park.

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This lively picture book shows how using computer coding concepts can help you analyze a problem and apply a strategy to solve it. In the case of How to Code a Rollercoaster, the issue is keeping enough tokens so you'll be able to ride the rollercoaster by the end of your day at an amusement park. The concepts and vocabulary are sophisticated and my be hard for some kids to grasp, but Josh Funk's explanations are clear. Simple subtraction would accomplish the same goal, but this fun intro to coding adds appeal for tech-minded readers. And Sara Palcio's charming, zippy illustrations are a delight.

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