i wouldn't say I was a complete novice chicken keeper but I was looking for a book that had a good range of breed descriptions and was really pleasantly surprised at this book,
First of all, the photography is superb, all beautiful big full colour pictures which seems rare in these kind of books. As mentioned by someone else though, I would have liked to have seen some captions, particuarly with reference to the breeds featured and I was diappointed (and surprised!) that some of the breeds talked about in the breed section didn't have any pictures at all (it's very hard to picture what a bird looks like just from it's description!).
I wasn't expecting the craft chapter at the book but it is really lovely and having young children, it's given me some great ideas and I can't wait to have a go at the feather print cards, they are stunning. T
Th information in the book isn't as detailed as I personally need but it is superbly written and a great book for beginners and it's a lovely book to flick through, feels like heavy good quality, would look great on a coffee table. All in all, I rate it very highly, just a few bits missing (captions, no info on incubation) that has brought it down to four stars, highly recommended!