This book was given to me by my mother a little whiles back. If you are a beginner and have yet to go to art school and the like, this book will be helpful. Chris explains certain concepts, for example, spotting basic shapes in everyday objects in a non-complicated easy to understand way. In the book he touches on the basics of shapes, perspective, the basic materials you will need, some shading, drawing the human body (my favorite), and drawing faces.
-Seriously, other art books tell you you will need this, that, and these. When you are a BEGINNER. Chris tells you this is what you need and what you MIGHT want to get, but it's only optional. No stressed out mess.-
The book has visual examples that you can copy in your sketchbook, but for me, if you actually understand and practice what you're reading it shouldn't matter because once you know you can master his simple drawings, you can get out of your comfort zone and try drawing something NOT in the book. The feeling is so nice.
If you do not like this book, in my opinion, it's because you either became frustrated with some of the drawings(I did at first. Practice till you get it), you expected there to be more "hand holding", or you are super advanced and are too awesome for this book (even if you are awesome it's a good back tract. Get it anyways.)
I've moved on to Marvel and graphic, but this book helped me get my footing. Going to art school helped me stand my ground. Enjoy!