ichimunki has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
I have some questions about learning Perl (specifically books on the topic, since I have gift certificates to use). And maybe one of the better answers to this will be "Learning Perl" (which I've not read, since when I was first learning Perl, I accidentally got hooked on a cargo-cult type book or two, and then found my way to online tutorials-- and later figured I go with the larger ORA tomes when it came time to buy more hardcopy)...
What I'd like to know more about is whether there are any program design books written from a Perl-centric point of view (specifically with OO design in mind-- which seems to be a much different thought process than the old main loop, GOSUB type of flowchart)-- most of the theory books I've seen have examples in some idealized language or C. I'm interested in (if there are any) good books related to thinking about programming in Perl, moreso than simply guides to the language.
I am also wondering if there are any Perl for Kids types of books (for my daughter, not me!), or what recommendations the Monks might have for getting a child into Perl programming (as a first language-- and please don't recommend some other language, I think Perl is well suited to this task). If nothing exists, are there any working projects along these lines that you know of which could use some actual children to test the material?