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Carlos Bueno is raising funds for Lauren Ipsum: Computer Science for Kids on Kickstarter! A story about computer science and other. Lauren Ipsum. A Story About Computer Science and Other Improbable Things. by Carlos Bueno. December , pp. ISBN Lauren Ipsum. 2 reviews. by Carlos Bueno. Publisher: No Starch Press. Release Date: December ISBN: View table of contents.

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Meet Lauren, an adventurer lost in Userland who needs to laurrn her way home by solving a series of puzzles.

Read Lauren Ipsum yourself or with someone littler than you, then flip to the notes at the back of the book to learn more about logic and computer science in the real world. Read more Read less.

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Editorial Reviews About the Author Carlos Ipsim is bkeno former Facebook engineer, graphic designer, librarian, calligrapher, data scientist, and video game repairman. He now writes bad jokes about algorithms and dinosaurs. Product details File Size: December 14, Sold by: Share your thoughts with other customers.

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My granddaughters had no interest in technology, nor exhibited any tendency to want to learn anything about it or computers Actually, I did not finish reading it. They decided they wanted to read it out loud themselves to each other. The thenyear-old suddenly wanted to know ipsuj all.

The thenyear-old started Googling things about “code. Maybe lit a fuse that will lead to a career?

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Although, the older one now talks about going into medicine. This is a very cool book. I suggest you read it first for yourself, so that you can prepare to get the “voices” right when you do read it to your young ones. It took a couple or chapters or more before they got into it, but once they did, they did not want to stop. Then they wanted it read over and over. I wish there were more books about science and technology that was this direct, simple, straightforward, and made the subject approachable.


I’m not able to pick out what needs to be said about complex subjects and then say them simply, so this writer has done a particularly admirable job. This isn’t a bad book. I’m just not sure who is the target audience. I am a former software engineer with a degree in Computer Science that now teaches Computer Programming to high school students that are mostly non-native speakers of English.

This is a cute story for anyone that already understands CS concepts. I think it is a little too subtle for anyone else. The main character tangentially encounters many CS concepts and uses a few, but the story never really explains any of them in a particularly meaningful or memorable way.

There is an appendix that offers better explanations, but they lose much of their effectiveness being separate from the story.

So I bought this on a lark and loved reading it.

Okay, I’m a man in my forties reading a book for a middle schooler, maybe high school, but I thought they did a great job of explaining most of the concepts I studied getting my comp sci degree.

Look forward to sharing it with my daughter when she is older. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I bought this book during another infamous evening of being physically exhausted, but mentally ready to write the program that everyone knows exists, should they take the time to concentrate, much like the novel in each of us.

I started the book and felt that maybe I had chosen the wrong selection for the evening. But an hour later, when I kept recognizing concepts, names, and miscellaneous facts that remain in the deep recesses of the mind, I found myself enjoying this cute little “Alice in Wonderland” type book, thinking at the end it would take some of the fear of programming away from kids who are bombarded with terminology. This took common concepts, famous names and other important bits, making them fun for even this old gal that hasn’t cared for children’s stories.

Read it out loud to a curious child sometime and see how many concepts you now think of in terms of lighthouses and mail daemons. One person found this helpful. This is a fun kid’s book about the mathematical underpinnings of computer science, very much in the style of The Phantom Tollbooth, featuring a lost girl named Lauren and a hapless chameleon named Xor. There are no computers here, but a lot of good word-play and some solid, if brief, lessons in things like logic, turtle geometry, binary decision trees, digital networking, round-robin load balancing with round robinscryptography, subroutines, recursion There are notes in the back; I recommend reading each chapter’s notes immediately after the chapter while the ideas — and jokes — are still fresh, but you could also take the author’s advice and save the notes for last.


Or leave them for later, with a kid who just wants a fast-paced and light-hearted tale full of engaging critters, weird characters, and obscure puns.

Not quite everything is explained in the notes, either; the story stands well enough on it’s own, but there’s enough missing that a kid could come back to it a few years later and get more of the references.

If you, like me, do programming on a regular basis but have found your progress impeded by the lack of a computer science background this book is a nice first step. Some computational concepts are introduced in a funny and approachable manner, not too much detail but just enough to be able to tackle more technical resources without giving up in 5 minutes.

The story itself is engaging for a younger audience, and I believe the book is a good resource to wet their appetite about CS, especially if read with somebody already knowledgeable about the concepts. I think this was a very great book.

I read it to my 6-year-old daughter. It is cute, has some funny bits, and ipsjm at a nice pace. The chapter on the Byzantine Process was pretty funny. My daughter enjoyed the story and it introduces some basic computer science ideas, without being too technical. Depending on the age of the child, caflos may have to re-read it for them to remember a lot of the ideas but then I think it is a great idea to re-read books to children.

Plus I love how the main character is a girl and she goes on an adventure. Read this book in about 2 hours.

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laurren It’s very Alice-In-Wonderland feeling. I definitely reccomend it to anybody who feels afraid or intimidated by Big Computer Books. See all 40 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Computational Fairy Tales Kindle Edition.

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