Monday, April 29, 2013

Lauren Ipsum by Carlos Bueno

Lauren Ipsum, Carlos Bueno.  Prescott, Az: Off By-One Press, 2011.  ebook, 197 pps.

Lauren Ipsum is a different sort of book.  It uses a "child got lost in the scary weird woods" tale to teach kids some jargon useful to the study of computer science.  Lauren doesn't want to go to summer school like-- according to her mother-- the kids in Finland do.  So she goes off for a ramble in the woods, wanders farther than usual, and meets up with some creatures and then a professor.  Notes which begin on page 179 further explain the new vocabulary.

sapphoq reviews says:  While superficially a children's story, Lauren Ipsum introduces the reader to some basic concepts which are explained clearly and really do fit into the storyline.  Lauren Ipsum scores major points for execution and for ease of understanding.  Highly recommended to the middle school crowd and older.

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