Hello Ruby: Journey Inside the Computer
Author: Linda Liukas
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group LLC, 2017
Source: Public Library
Since the theme this month is about all the places we will go, I thought a trip inside someplace would be a little out of the ordinary. So today we will journey into a computer (I bet you thought I was going to say we’d go into a human body book).
Ruby, like so many small girls, is bored. Somehow there is just nothing to do and no one available to play with. Nothing seems like an adventure. So she turns – as so many of us do – to the computer to entertain her. Alas! The computer isn’t working. Ruby isn’t sure why, at least not until the mouse tells her: “Cursor isn’t answering my messages.” Then next thing she knows, Ruby and the mouse have crawled into the mouse hole and are exploring the computer’s innards.
This book is a clever way to introduce kids to the information of how a computer really works. It’s a chapter book, but with short, manageable chapters that won’t overwhelm the reader. While half the book is story, the second half of the book is filled with hands-on activities. Kids will “build” a computer (not a real one, just paper!) and will come away with an understanding of what a computer really is and how they work. It introduces the idea of programming, but once again on a level that is not overwhelming. Readers will not suffer from the same problem as Ruby; they will not be bored. To learn more about Ruby’s world, visit: HELLORUBY.COM.