Essay Game Making Woodcock

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Making Game: An Essay on Woodcock

Guy De La Valdene, Author, Russell Chatham, Illustrator Clark City Press $24.95 (171p) ISBN 978-0-944439-14-2
In 1983 Valdene, a journalist and enthusiastic bird hunter, traveled around the country studying the woodcock and joining the efforts of scientists and bird lovers to band the game bird and document its loss of habitat. Summing up what he learned about this curious bird and its habits, he deplores the rapid dwindling of the woodcock population in the U.S., due in part to hunters' killing two million of them each year. Valdene makes no excuses, however, for his own delight in hunting and eating the vulnerable bird. This contradiction remains at the heart of his book in which he oddly blends natural history with accounts of his huntng. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1990
Release date: 10/01/1990

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Author Bio:

Dr. Jon Woodcock has a degree in Physics from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Computational Astrophysics from the University of London. He started coding at the age of eight and has programmed all kinds of computers from single-chip microcontrollers to world-class supercomputers. His many projects include giant space simulations, research in high-tech companies, and intelligent robots made from junk. Jon has a passion for science and technology education, giving talks on space and running computer programming clubs in schools. He has worked on numerous science and technology books as a contributor and consultant, including DK's How Cool Stuff Works and Help Your Kids with Computer Coding.

Reviews:

"An absolutely wonderful introduction to programming games." - Kirkus Reviews

"...clear instructions and plenty of images that make coding just about foolproof." - Booklist...more

Paperback, 224 pages

Published December 1st 2015 by DK Children

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