This book starts with a very gentle introduction to MVC and after one chapter you build your own application that even uses a VE Map. The first chapter is a really well written and contains an example application from Scott Gutherie. I had no prior experience with MVC, but the text was so easy to follow. This chapter is also freely available in PDF form at the author's website.
Then, when you read through other chapters you understand how everything works under the hood. It's loaded with best practices and handy tips for your next MVC project. I think after reading this book, one can get started with MVC for real world application in no time.
Having examples helps when one needs to grasp concepts. The sequence in which the chapters were laid out (examples then explanation) made it really easy to follow and _enjoy_ the text. If you are an MVC beginner, this book is definitely for you.
However, note that there are some typos in the book, so make sure that you have list of errata at hand.