Book review: The World of Minecraft, by Heather E. Schwartz

Schwartz, Heather E. The World of Minecraft. “World of Gaming series.” Lerner Publications, 2018. $30.65. ISBN 9781512483130. Ages 7-10. P7 Q7

Minecraft is popular, but where did it come from? Did you know that Markus “Notch” Persson created Minecraft in only a few days?  Four short chapters, “Mining and Crafting,” “A World of Choices,” “Mining for More,” and “Minecraft Moves Forward” explain the different ways the game is played, where the inventor came up with the idea for the game and much more. Photographs and orange boxes with text containing trivia information will keep the reader engaged. There is a table of contents along with a glossary, index, and book titles and websites about video games. The format of the book makes it easy for readers to quickly glean information. One can read straight through the book or pick and choose chapters that are interested in. In the Searchlight series, this book contains photographs of the animator, Minecraft merchandise, and the Minecraft video game. Minecraft players can build almost anything they can imagine, the options are endless. Upon reading the book, I was intrigued to check out Minecraft and see why it is so popular.

Verdict: I read the book to learn more about Minecraft so I can talk to my students about it. I discovered that there are many ways you can play the game. Children will enjoy the book, learning about the origins of the game, adding an extra element, making it more than just a video game.

March 2018 review by Tami Harris.

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Book review: Minecraft Combat Handbook

Minecraft Combat Handbook: An Official Mojang Book. Scholastic, 2014. $7.99. ISBN 978-0-545-68516-0. 79 pages. Grades 3-7. P9Q8

Minecraft Combat HandbookThis book is part of a series explaining the ins-and-outs of the game, Minecraft. It gives instructions on ways to battle and defend against monsters and other players. Basic weapons, monsters, fortresses and spells are explained.

December 2014 review by Beverly Minard.

Book reviews: Minecraft Construction Handbook

Mojang Minecraft Construction Handbook: An Official Mojang Book. Scholastic, 2014. $7.99. ISBN 978-0-545-68517-7. 79 pages. Grades 3-7. P9Q8

Minecraft Construction HandbookThis book is part of a series explaining the ins-and-outs of the game, Minecraft. It gives step by step instructions on how to build masterpiece constructions in the game. Everything from buildings, to boats, to roller coasters are included.

December 2014 review by Beverly Minard.

[Editor’s note: Other reviews of this Minecraft Construction Handbook refer to it as inspirational and not a guide with  step-by-step instructions for creating structures. Though there are a few sample projects, the main value is the pictures and descriptions of complex Minecraft projects.]