Better than PBE?
Dick and Jane. See Spot run?
Sorry, but PBE is (or was in the edition I wish I hadn't bought) poorly organized for use as a primer; shot full of bad practices, misstatements and errors and (IIRC) had no useful errata page.
Try "Learning Perl," 3rd ed., ISBN 0596001320, O'Reilly, by PM's own Randal Schwartz and Tom Phoenix. possibly followed by "Programming Perl."
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