"Curly Bracket - The Hidden Code" is a full-color graphic novel that teaches kids to think like a programmer. We do this using something called computational thinking and this is a problem solving method.
We have already released the book in Sweden through a publisher with great success. Now we want your help to bring the book to the english speaking world.
The story follows Curly Bracket, an adventurous young girl growing up in a dystopian future where everything is ruled by the mysterious company Corporatus.
The book starts on Curly's 13th birthday, when she is faced with her final exam at boarding school — the result will determine whether Corporatus selects her to be an elite coder, or if she is destined for a path she doesn't want to take.
Although Curly always thought she would end up a Corporatus coder, her questioning of its new world order sends her on an adventure of her own. She encounters a number of interesting characters and problems along the way that can be solved with computational thinking. The book encourages its readers to find solutions along with Curly. Hint: there's often more than one correct answer to any given problem!
Computational thinking is a powerful tool for Curly -- and for all kids. Curly Bracket - The Hidden Code helps make the discipline accessible and fun. It has become a bestselling educational tool in Sweden, being used in school curriculums across the country and as an extracurricular activity at home, and with your help – now coming to the U.S.
“Hi, My name is Theo, and I’m 7 yrs old. And I will turn 8 next month. I have just finished reading Curly Bracket. And on the last page it reads “to be continued…” I’m wondering when the next book is due? It was really exciting!” - Theo 7 years old
“Give me more! That’s how I feel after having devoured this cartoon book. With awesome illustrations by Peter Bergting. It is an amazing adventure with a cliffhanger ending. What’s different with this book is that it can be read in two manners. Either as conventional story, or as a story with a videogame programming concept” - Hanna, Librarian
What is computational thinking and why is it important?
Computational thinking has been described as a “Swiss Army Knife for solving problems”. It helps kids follow three key steps: make decisions based on data, recognize patterns and trends, and break down larger problems into smaller chunks that can be more easily solved. The method is pretty simple once you get the hang of it! It’s particularly handy when it comes to writing code, but can also be applied to everyday situations and studies, especially science, math, design and the arts.
About the Authors
Curly Bracket was written by Johan Wendt and Tor Moström, who also devised the problems that Curly solves throughout the story.
Johan is by far Sweden's most successful social entrepreneur, and the brain behind Europe's largest after-school program — Mattecentrum -- where more than one million children are tutored every month (for free) in coding and math. Find out more about his work in Forbes or The Guardian.
Tor is one of Sweden's top coders, having won several prestigious awards for his work. He's been a big fan of puzzles and problem solving since he was a young kid, and previously volunteered as a coding tutor for kids who wanted to learn code.
The book comes in hardback and consists of 96 full color pages, illustrated by renowned artist Peter Bergting.
We are also pleased to announce Cylance as a new member in the Curly Bracket family. Cylance is a cybersecurity leader headquarterd in Irvine, California. They believe, as we do, in the power of education and helping the next generation of amazing coders, scientists, engineers and artists emerge!
Cylance’s generous support has enabled us to offer Curly Bracket at an exclusive Kickstarter price.
What we will use the funds for
The funds we raise on Kickstarter will be used to cover the cost of: translation, licensing rights from the artist, publishing the book, and shipping costs to the US.
Risks and challenges
The risks on this project are minimal, as long as we reach our funding target. All of our partners -- from the printer to the courier to the distributor -- have been selected and are ready to go once we “green light” them. All these vendors are solid, but we also have a back-up plan should we run into any complications.
We’ve also taken into account potential delivery delays to the U.S., based on customs, increased holiday shipment traffic, etc. and have built-in a three-week margin of error. This will ensure that whatever level you back us on, we will deliver on-time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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