My seven year old son is not a typical example of a child wanting to learn to crochet. He saw the pictures in a copy of Inside Crochet and was desperate to get it-who am I to argue.
He says,"It's got excellent projects. It is very good at teaching you how to crochet because it's quite simple and the pictures have got arrows to show you where the hook and thread go. It teaches you all the basics you'll need to know to do crochet."
I agree with him. I have a shelf full of crochet books but this stands out as fuss free, clearly explained in writing and pictures, which is important as I think crochet is a hands on skill not a reading and comprehension skill!
Peg and Pip are the two mice characters that walk you through (sometimes literally) chain, double, treble, colour changes, shapes by decreasing, circles, troubleshooting, stitching seams, sewing in yarn ends and stitching felt to your projects. The projects use the skills you learn in a fun and attractive way for kids (of all ages!) culminating in the Big project which uses all of the skills learned and is small enough to do in a few sittings.
If you know a crafty child this is definitely for them. If you know a busy or easily intimidated by text book styles adult then this would be as good as any on the market for them to get started. If you want to stop Grandmothers from buying every toy/craft item in poundland every time they visit, then coerce the kids into begging her to crochet something and give her the book otherwise she might pull out that book that's been on the shelf since 1970, with Stephen King like results. It would work equally well on Grandads as only two projects in the book have flowers on or could be construed as 'girlie'. The rest are little toys, which could even be done in black,purple and red, so teenage grunge siblings could even have a go.
A book for just about anyone capable of holding a stick.