The Adventures of a Computer Virus
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 9781477683309, 184pp.
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
An adventure story that also teaches computer science, for ages 9+. Zuto: The Adventures of a Computer Virus takes place inside a strange, little-known world: a personal computer, the perfect setting for a fast-paced, funny, one-minute-long story. Zuto, a smart, sneaky computer virus, leads a happy life in his secret hiding place: the Recycle Bin. There, among heaps of junk full of surprising treasures, he plans his tricks. Everything changes when a far more malicious program invades the computer . . . and threatens to end all life in it. Together with his Recycle Bin friends-outdated, buggy programs-Zuto sets off to save his world. Readers curious about the truth behind this rollicking adventure story will find it in the Zutopedia appendix, which explains concepts such as computer viruses, IP addresses, and binary numbers. Zuto was first published in Israel, where it was recommended by the Israeli Ministry of Education and voted in the top ten favorite books by children in grades 4-6 nationwide.
About the Author
Udi Aharoni works at IBM Research and holds an M.A. in Computer Science. His interests include software engineering, machine learning, statistics, science in general, and animation. Short, animated scientific videos conceived by him have been featured in universities and at science fairs. Zuto is his first book.