The great thing about this book is that it is great for a wide range of ages. I've used it to draw and my daughter has as well. The animals are just so adorable. The author mentions liking to put a smile on people's face with her work and this book definitely does that for me. Adorable animals just seem to lift your spirits some how. Another thing that I also like is that the author goes over some basics and materials in the beginning. It is definitely good to be prepared. There are many techniques in this book that I found interesting and useful. Especially some of the ones about fur. Beforehand i was never able to get the fur quite right, but feel that I greatly improved with some of the mentioned techniques. I think this book is great for personal use and would also make a great gift.