Thursday, August 23, 2018

HOW TO CODE A SANDCASTLE by Josh Funk / Book Review #HowToCodeASandCastle

By: Josh Funk
Illustrated by: Sara Palacios
Published by: Penguin Random House 
Released on: May 15th, 2018
Ages: 4 & up
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From the computer science nonprofit Girls Who Code comes this lively and funny story introducing kids to computer coding concepts.

All summer, Pearl has been trying to build the perfect sandcastle, but out-of-control Frisbees and mischievous puppies keep getting in the way! Pearl and her robot friend Pascal have one last chance, and this time, they’re going to use code to get the job done. Using fundamental computer coding concepts like sequences and loops, Pearl and Pascal are able to break down their sandcastle problem into small, manageable steps. If they can create working code, this could turn out to be the best beach day ever!

With renowned computer science nonprofit Girls Who Code, Josh Funk and Sara Palacios use humor, relatable situations, and bright artwork to introduce kids to the fun of coding.

A fun summer read that introduces readers to the world of coding. This diverse picture book is one that centers on a girl who loves to learn about technology, and coding. She puts that love to the test when she uses code to build the best sand castle. With humor, some girl power in the form of being technology savvy, and not giving up, make this a book young elementary school aged kids and up, will enjoy reading. 

What a cool concept for a picture book! I even learned something new about coding. The fun brightly colored illustrations and basic coding definitions found in the back of the book, are the perfect addition to engaging picture book. The forward written by Reshma Saujani, CEO of Girls Who Code, is the perfect introduction to this picture book. 

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~