Over the past few years, I’ve been working on and off on a children’s book about Firefox. The project started when my kids wanted to understand what I did at work every day.
The story is a sketch about the evolution of Netscape into Firefox and the power of being open. In terms of historical accuracy, a number of things were simplified in order to keep the messages simple. For better or worse, it’s already 2500 words. That means it’s not for very young children (I’m thinking 2nd graders and older).
I used readily available imagery of a dragon, a phoenix, Firefox, and Mammon (the god of greed, as I’ve learned). In the story, coders are wizards who cast spells. Naturally, there is also a Chief Lizard Wrangler :) Where possible, I used plot and dialogue, but at times it addresses the reader directly.
The only kid I’ve tested it on so far is my son Oliver (age 8). He loves it, but then he may just be happy that his father spent time to write about a dragon.
If anyone is seriously interested, I’d love to get some help polishing it until it’s good enough to become an actual book.