I pre-ordered this book months ago and just received it yesterday. I own a large selection of Glitterville Halloween items so when I saw this book was coming out, I immediately signed up to receive it. Now that I have it in my hands, I am beyond impressed. I have several craft books and magazines and this book by far blows all others away. It is written simply so directions are easy to follow and all the materials you will use for the crafts are explained in detail in the front of the book along with the how's and why's certain materials are better than others. At the beginning of each craft the specific items you will need for that specific craft is clearly listed. Nothing is an odd item you can not find from a trip to Michaels or Hobby Lobby or even in your kitchen. Yes, you will use cardboard paper towel inserts. This isn't your kindergartener's paper towel craft, either. The crafts depicted in detailed pictures with easy instruction are just like the items you have seen and bought in the stores. If you have bought Glitterville items before, you know the items are not inexpensive and that the detail in each is spot-on.
Having had the book for only one day, I have not yet tried to replicate anything. Having said that, I don't believe I will be unable to because the directions are that well-done. Each piece is broken down (with close-up photos) to the basics so you can see just how to build it to the final finished product. To be able to replicate these crafts, however, you will have to have some artistic ability. As you can see from the cover preview of the book, the faces on the whimsical characters are detailed and require a steady hand and some artistic ability and there is a small amount of sculpting. You can come up with your own painting ideas, of course, and the craft ideas can easily be altered in colors and characters for different holidays. All you need is your imagination.
These crafts will take time. It's not a quick one-hour kind of craft and is not for small children. The crafter must have dexterity and a steady hand (think painting), so more age 14 and up. There is very little sewing needed for these projects, but there is some in a couple projects. The witch shown on the cover in the top left corner has a sewing detail but I honestly don't think you have to do that step or even see it in the completed project. It's a craft, so you can change and alter things as you see fit. Some details require you to make a color copy of a pattern in the back of the book on cardstock and then cut it out to use. My only comment on this (again, not having done it yet), is the crisp lines of these color copies will not be as sharp as shown in the how-to pictures because we are making a copy of a copy whereas the author/creator is printing the cutout from a computer directly.
All in all, though, this book is a delight. The colors are a candy store for the eyes and page after page of whimsical characters you can make at home with time and patience. Like I said, I have not tried to make anything yet, but I did read the book cover to cover yesterday and followed the diagrams (easily numbered) and am confidant these ideas are actually doable despite the complicated yet fanciful-looking finished product. You, too, will be able to make Glitterville come alive in your own home with the aid of this book. It is an absolutely fantastic book. Even if you don't ever make a thing from it, you will get enjoyment just looking through the pages and letting the ideas flow for tablescapes and color palettes. The Amazon price is incredible and this book is well worth every cent even if you pay full price for it. For me to say something is worth full price is huge. This book is worth it. Five stars all the way.