I Can Code IF/THEN – Vicky Fang, illustrated by Jade Orlando


 I Can Code IF/THEN – Vicky Fang, illustrated by Jade Orlando, Sourcebooks, 9781728209579, 2020

Format: Hardcover 

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

 What did you like about the book? Thank goodness for a book about coding that features a girl! The author addresses a book character yet again that is underrepresented in the tech industry. The great thing about this story is that it specifically addresses what happens when we (children) do not get our way and throw tantrums. It incorporates the if/then coding functions to also explain to kids what happens when they throw tantrums. The author ends the book addressing the fact that parents are always there to comfort kids. It brings just a nice touch of humanity to a computer/tech centered topic. The illustrations are bright with child-like digital paintings. This is also a lift-a-lap 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? Similar to the other book in this series I would have appreciated a glossary separate from the definitions within the story with some possible additional examples. 

 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

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