A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Clear, through intro to certain coding concepts like "variable" and "value" and sophisticated vocabulary like "microchips" in fun amsuement park setting. Some practical robot realities, like a robot needs to be rust-proof to ride a log flume ride.
Faced with a problem, take your time to think about it and figure it out before you take action. If you have a limited amount of something, you have to pay attention or you might use it all up. Coding is fun and useful. You can apply coding concepts to solve real-world problems.
Positive Role Models
Pearl is smart, kind, fun-loving, and figures out how to apply coding concepts to real life and solve problems. Her robot, Pascal, tries to be helpful.
Violence & Scariness
At a game booth, Pascal the robot misunderstands Pear's instructions and throws a dart at a (toy) bull's eye instead of the target's bullseye.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that How to Code a Rollercoaster is the second book in a picture book series by about a girl named Pearl and her robot, Pascal, who use computer coding concepts to solve problems and get things done. It's written by Josh Funk, a professional software engineer, and illustrated by Sara Palacios, in collaboration with the nonprofit organization Girls Who Code. The concepts and coding vocabulary in this book are a bit more sophisticated than those in How to Code a Sandcastle. But the explanations are clear and kids will enjoy the appealing characters and amsusement park setting.
Is It Any Good?
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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