Super Scratch Programming Adventure! (Covers Version 1.4)
Learn to Program By Making Cool Games
Publisher: No Starch Press
Final Release Date: August 2012
Pages: 160

Scratch is the wildly popular educational programming language used by millions of first-time learners in classrooms, libraries, and homes worldwide. By dragging together colorful blocks of code, kids quickly learn computer programming concepts and make cool games and animations.

In Super Scratch Programming Adventure!, kids learn programming fundamentals as they make their very own playable video games. They'll create projects inspired by classic arcade games that can be programmed (and played!) in an afternoon. The book's patient, step-by-step explanations of the code and fun programming challenges will have kids creating their own games in no time.

This full-color comic book makes programming concepts like flow control, subroutines, and data types effortless to absorb. Packed with ideas for games that kids will be proud to show off, Super Scratch Programming Adventure! is the perfect first step for the budding programmer.

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    5.0

    Super Scratch is SUPER!!

    By Nick Levandoski

    from Laurel, MD

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      Comments about oreilly Super Scratch Programming Adventure!:

      I gave this book to my 10 year old daugther and she loved it. Once we figured out the new Scratch interface, she was off and running. This book has really engaged her critical thinking skills and has kept her busy for hours.

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      Programming for Kids

      By MH

      from Shaker Hts, OH

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        Comments about oreilly Super Scratch Programming Adventure!:

        This book is an introduction to Scratch programming for children 8 – 10. Each of the nine chapters starts with a comic story and readers are urged to help the main characters by designing a computer game. Each chapter ends by suggesting slightly more challenging games based on the same concepts from that chapter. To get the most out of this book, readers will need to download the Scratch platform, which is freely available from MIT.

        Readers drag-and-drop modules and string them together to create games. While this method provides results quickly, it does not teach the nuances of programming languages that are encountered with Basic or C. This book and Scratch can be used to introduce concepts of programming to beginners or budding programmers. Specifically, focuses on graphics, data flow, sound effects and subroutines.

        The book is not a standalone resource, but paired with Scratch, it is a useful and engaging tool to learn (or teach) programming – especially to kids. The younger kids may need more guidance from those already familiar with the Scratch platform.

        I received this book as a review copy.

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        What an adventure!

        By sandyboy55

        from St Louis, MO

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          Comments about oreilly Super Scratch Programming Adventure!:

          Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, with financial support from the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Intel Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Google, Iomega and MIT Media Lab research consortia.

          I had heard of Scratch before but I didn't know what age group of kids it targetted. I assumed it was for teenagers that had an interest in computing but weren't interested in developing heavy-weight enterprise level projects. Since my kids are not teenagers yet, I put Scratch on the backburner. I was wrong!!!

          This book made me rethink the target userbase for Scratch as anyone 8 and above (although 7-years olds will do well too!). Each page in the book is very colorful and full of graphics which makes it a pleasure to read for kids as well as adults (me!). I thoroughly enjoyed reading each page as I felt like a little boy out on an adventure. Once I did completed this book, I got my kid started and enjoyed his feelings and thoughts on Scratch. He hasn't completed the book yet but I know he will go slow and steady on it.. probably reading a chapter a week. This is his third week and he is on chapter 3 and he hasn't put the book down yet. I don't think he will!

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          Super Scratch Programming Adventure!

          By hfb

          from Nashua, NH

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            Comments about oreilly Super Scratch Programming Adventure!:

            I enjoy programming and have to say sometimes, the "easier" programming languages meant for helping children learn programming are actually less intuitive for me. An example was MINDSTORMS. You can get the hang of it quite well after a while but it just was harder for me to wrap my mind around after having programmed some in C and MATLAB. Scratch programming was much better for me and I decided to check this out as I would like to teach my kids in a couple of years when they are old enough to program (they have to learn to read first!).
            So, I went through this and thought it was a nice way to learn programming. I did a review of the Manga Guide to Linear Algebra and found that having a story to follow along with really helps keep things fun and is motivating for one to continue on. A typical textbook will generally put one to asleep or discourage one from continuing on so for kids, I think this is definitely a great way to learn.
            The language is easy enough to learn and the programs you learn to write are great for learning the basics. There are enough examples to give you some ideas but with any programming, you'll want to do things over and over with some slight variations so you really understand what's going on.
            Overall the book is nice for someone to learn with. I would recommend it.

            Disclaimer: This book was received as part of the O'Reilly Blogger Review Program. All comments represent my thoughts and opinions.

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