Sunday, December 21, 2008

Review: Motherboard Books



Although I'm vaguely familiar with acronyms such as HTML and FTP, I am absolutely clueless when it comes to website development.

My oldest daughter once made the comment that she'd like to create her own fee-based website, much like Disney's ToonTown or (her personal addiction), Neopets.com, but didn't know how to go about it. (And obviously I was of no help!)

So, when we were given a copy of Motherboard Books' E-book titled "Let's Make a Web Page" to review, I practically leaped out of my chair for joy! (Woohoo!)

Motherboard Books' creator, Phyllis Wheeler is one smart cookie when it comes to presenting "brain frying and parentally terrifying" concepts like HTML to children in a clear, concise, and easy-to-follow manner.

Her e-book is written so that any student between the ages of 8-12 can successfully create their first webpage with little to no help from Mom or Dad. (Which again, is a good thing because my brain was already short-circuiting at the idea...)

Concepts such as META tags, color codes, adding images, pixel width and fonts are effectively broken down into bite-sized pieces (Get it? Bite/Byte! Ha ha...Ahem. Sorry.), which quickly removes any intimidation the child may feel. The e-book also includes several helpful screen shots which allow the student to see exactly what he/she should be doing, step-by-step.

My 13 year old commented on how easy and detailed the program was, even though she wasn't expecting it to be at first. And once she's finished fine-tuning and tweaking her page, my husband promised to upload it to our family's website for all the world to see. Woohoo! Talk about motivation!

I too was impressed by how thorough the book was, and enjoyed learning a few tricks to use on my blog. (Hee hee!)

Let's Make a Web Page is available for the introductory price of $19.99. This includes a no-risk, 30-Day, money back guarantee. (How many times do you see that?) As an added bonus, you'll also receive a FREE download of Phyllis Weaver's, "Internet Scavenger Hunt" when you sign up for her newsletter. (Freebies are always great, don't you agree?)

Motherboard Books has other great computer resources for children available such
We found "Let's Make a Web Page" by Motherboard Books to be a terrific resource for any student (or parent!) interested in web development. With its clear and simple to use directions, this e-book makes building your first web page extraordinarily easy and fun.

To learn more about this e-book or other available materials, please click on the colored links above.

Our family gives "Let's Make a Web Page" and Motherboard Books.com 2 hearty thumbs up! :o)

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