How to Code a Rollercoaster By Josh Funk


Back of Book: 

Pearl and her trusty rust-proof robot, Pascal, are enjoying a day out at the amusement park. Spinning teacups, ice cream, and of course: rollercoasters! Through the use of code, Pearl and Pascal can keep track of their ride tokens and calculate when the line is short enough to get a spot on the biggest ride of them all–the Python Coaster. Variables, if-then-else sequences, and a hunt for a secret hidden code make this a humorous, code-tastic day at the amusement park!

My Review:

I received a copy of this picture book from Viking Books For Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. 

Josh Funk has created another fantastic book about the concept of Coding. This time Pearl and her robot Pascal are going to the amusement park to ride on the roller coaster. Along the way, Pearl introduces readers to the concept of using code to map out her activities for the day. The text does an excellent job of incorporating computer jargon into the story without it seeming overwhelming to young readers. The back of the book has a guide to coding which gives readers the definitions and explanations of the concepts that Pearl uses. The illustrations by Sara Palacios are bright and playful. They blend the perfect amount of science and fun. I am very excited that Josh wrote another story that blends STEM concepts with literacy. His books allow readers to learn something new, while still having fun. A must-have for any STEM or computer coding lesson. 

Ages 5 and up

44 Pages

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