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If you have boys between the ages of 8 – 99, you have probably heard of Minecraft. This gaming sensation is all the rage of the boys in our neighborhood. My sons, ages 9 and 11, are completely obsessed with it, which completely baffles me.
But, when Wiley Books recently offered to send me their new series of Minecraft books, I jumped at the chance to review something that might give me insight into this newest obsession.
Written by 16-year-old Jacob Cordeiro, Minecraft For Dummies
Portable Edition is a 160-page primer on everything you need to know about the virtual world. It’s an easy-to-read book for kids who want to learn more about the game and strategy; and parents who want to feel more educated about what their kids are doing when they’re playing Minecraft.
Also in the series is:
- Minecraft Redstone For Dummies (Portable Edition)
- Minecraft Recipes For Dummies (Portable Edition)
- Minecraft Construction For Dummies (Portable Edition)
- Adventures in Minecraft
My sons loved reading all of the books, sharing them with friends, and adding new elements to their worlds. One of their favorites was “Adventures in Minecraft” which actually leads them on a path to do their own computer programming. Even my engineer husband was impressed with that one.
But then, these are digital natives. What about a real dummy? What about Mom? Could Mom figure out Minecraft using these books?
Well, I’m happy to report that I was able to download the game, create a world and even do some construction between loads of laundry and dirty dishes. Clearly even someone as clueless as me can figure it out, which makes it worth a read for other moms and dads who want to know what the heck these kids are talking about!
And while I’m tempted to write books with titles such as “Cleaning Your Room for Dummies,” when my sons spend hours discussing things like mods and redstone, I’ve come to realize that part of the fun is having a world all their own.
Are your kids into Minecraft?
Disclosure: Writer was provided the books in order to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received and opinions are their own.
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