Playing with a computer should be fun as well as instructive. The purpose of this book is to help both children and parents to understand how the Atari XL computer works and what it can do.
The book adopts a simple, friendly style with emphasis on learning as fun. A major feature is the use of short, self-contained sections which encourage children and parents to work at a steady, unhurried pace. An hour a day with book and computer should enable a child to grasp the simple but powerful ideas behind programming. This is not a text for learning BASIC but rather a way to get to know the Atari XL using simple BASIC commands. Children as young as 6 or 7 should be able to understand the text and operate the computer with or without parental help.