Hello Scratch!


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Hello, Scratch! is a how-to book that helps parents and kids work together to learn programming skills by creating new versions of old retro-style arcade games with Scratch. Learning to program has never been more fun!

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Hello Scratch!

  1. 1. Learn to Code by Making Retro Arcade Games With Hello Scratch! by Gabriel Ford, Sadie Ford, and Melissa Ford New from manning.com
  2. 2. I want to introduce my kid to programming, but I don’t know where to start. Can you recommend a book?
  3. 3. Hello Scratch! is an ideal starting point. It’s a guide to programming games, written by kids, for kids (and their parents)! You and your child will learn programming skills together, by creating new versions of old retro-style arcade games with Scratch. No prior knowledge needed!
  4. 4. I love those old games! But wait… Hold on! What is “Scratch”? Tell me more about how this book will help me and my kid learn programming.
  5. 5. Scratch is awesome. It’s an open source programming platform maintained by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – that means that it’s free and available to everyone. Scratch is a drag-and-drop programming language, which means that there are blocks, representing pieces of code, that you stick together like LEGOs to create a program.
  6. 6. Jump straight in! Hello Scratch! shows you around the Scratch workplace, the art editor, how to put together a simple program, and introduces you to eight important “core” coding concepts. This will teach you how to program your own video games, as well as draw your own unique game characters, using Scratch.
  7. 7. Learn the best way – by doing! Hello Scratch! will teach you and your child how to make games, step-by-step, starting with the basics and working up. Your programming journey will be guided by a wealth of clear examples and diagrams, engaging exercises, and challenges at the end of each chapter. Practice makes perfect!
  8. 8. Learning to program is fun – with Hello Scratch! What could be more fun than learning to program by making your own versions of retro-style arcade games, and then playing them with your kids? Don’t worry if you don’t know the first thing about programming, all you need is in the book!
  9. 9. Learning from young enthusiasts. The authors are 12-year-old twins, a formidable art and coding team, whose favorite retro games are Astrosmash and Snafu. Aiding this dynamic duo in writing Hello Scratch! is their mother, an experienced author, blogger, and editor.
  10. 10. Learn to make your own versions of old retro-style arcade games with Hello Scratch! Save 42% off Hello Scratch! with code ssford. New from manning.com