Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? In a past career life I worked to recruit students to fill tech internships at startups and corporate companies. All of what I learned about coding was through interviewing my students. Oh how handy these books would have been to read for the computer science newbie. Creating a book about the and/or coding functionings in a way that is child friendly makes this often unapproachable career field more approachable for young children. This book is also diverse showing a black boy who is learning about the function. As we know the tech industry is in desperate need of diversity. Therefore, a book teaching young children of color the basics of coding is much needed in the young reader category. The illustrations are bright and child like digital paintings. This is also a lift-a-flap book which brings some fun to reading time. There are very few words on the page, about 1 -2 sentences. One of the sentences once you lift the flap is a definition about the coding function introduced on the page before you lift the flap.
Anything you did not like about the book? I would probably have had a glossary at the end or the beginning. Although there are definitions on the page it is within the context of reading the story so you would have to take some time to really digest the definition.
To whom would you recommend this book? Young readers age 2 – 6
Who should buy this book? Elementary schools and libraries
Where would you shelve it? 005.1
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston
Date of review: 12/6/2020