This is an odd answer, but just provide the Camel book to him and leave him alone. If he's looking for projects, have him solve his homework problems using Perl. He'll come and ask you questions as he runs across them.
in reply to Teaching Perl to Children
This is how I plan on teaching my son, once I have a free computer to put in his room.
We are the carpenters and bricklayers of the Information Age.
Then there are Damian modules.... *sigh* ... that's not about being less-lazy -- that's about being on some really good drugs -- you know, there is no spoon. - flyingmoose
I shouldn't have to say this, but any code, unless otherwise stated, is untested