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Horrible printing - useful material
on October 27, 2011
Unfortunately, the book preview is completely wrong for this book. The actual book uses very cheap B&W printing. As a result, the pictures of robots and the instructions for building models are completely illegible. As an adult, I was able to piece together the models with some guesswork. However, the target audience for the book is late elementary/middle school kids. My kids found it extremely frustrating to use the book. I ended up purchasing the PDF version of the book. The illustrations in the PDF are in color and are much higher quality than the printed book! I would recommend the PDF version for anyone considering this book.
The actual contents of the book are quite useful for kids interested in the competitions with the NXT robot. There are lots of good ideas and some basic designs to get started with. Among the books that I have seen for contests like FLL, this is the best from a technical content point of view.
So... 1 star for the printing and 4 stars for the content.