Reading about this classic children’s books exhibit at the British Library has made me want to share some of my favorites. So here’s the first one: Nikolai Nosov’s Neznayka — the story of light-headed Dunno/Neznayka and his group of friends, Gunky, Swifty, Bendum, Twistum and many others, who build a hot air balloon and go off on an adventure. Like most children’s books, it does have clear didactic purposes (in this case, Communist-sanctioned goals since it was written in Soviet Russia), but I can’t remember understanding it that way when I first read it as a child. It was just a very enjoyable read.
Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about computers. That is if your name is Katie and you were a kid in 1979. To wit:
“The Colonel fetches the Flower Painters from memory and rushes them onto a bus to the CPU, then to the PictureTube. A bus is a group of wires which act as a path for information to go from one part of the computer to another.”
From the bottomless Internet Archive.