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More for teens who struggle reading perhaps... 3 Stars Just.
on 27 December 2012
I would first and foremost like to say that I applaud any book that helps impart information to anyone in meaningful way. As a trainer and speaker; I love that people seek to learn new things and are challenged to leap from the place of being ignorant on an issue or topic to becoming well informed and outstanding in a new concept or skill set.
Sadly though for me, this "illustrated" book has the info in more of a comic book style format than what I had expected "illustrated" to mean. Being simplistic... and... being a beginners guide, is different for me.
This book is more suited for perhaps teenagers or someone who might have some learning difficulties. I noticed in the forward written by Brigit Strawbridge; she states Mr Burnett does do a lot of commendable work with folk in this situation which is truly brilliant! I mean no disrespect to anyone in saying this at all.
I do however feel that a beginners book described as "illustrated" should also describe the nature of those illustrations in some small way. Instead I had to purchase it to find out it has;
A. No colour or at least useful photos
B. All pen drawings & B+W flow charts
C. Created with a target audience in mind.(My assumption)
The editor needs to show more respect for this info also.
The first couple of flow/process diagrams are good and help convey critical ideas of the book. BUT.. They are crammed in far to tight making extremely hard to read. A more readable sized image would show a greater respect for the nature of the info contained in it. They're very thought provoking but very very hard to read.
I could not read much more than the first 7 / 8 pages before it was just to hard to read. I was sincerely open to learn from this book, even when I opened the pages to find comic characters that look a bit like "Jesus" all through it and pen style pen drawings only... but it was not really my thing and not what I had hoped or expected at all. (I have no issue with Jesus Christ)
I think if you're aware from the outset of what style this book is published in, it's image type and I think intent, then you might not feel so... disappointed.
I was looking forward to reading this as a well organised, well published, easy to follow beginners guide to permaculture with some good illustrations / photos of examples etc, as the title suggests.
I also think that £8.99 is better spent on other books if you're serious about learning the basics of permaculture in a more grown up fashion. Especially if you want to start a garden, an allotment or a small hobby/self sufficient farm.
I will look into one of the other books available on Amazon to learn as a person looking to gain a solid foundation in permaculture. Permaculture and it's desired outcomes are far too important for me to not do this.
Being able to review the book, even a few pages using Amazons review book option, would have stopped me buying the book. I have returned it for a refund; sorry Mr Burnett, I mean no offence at all.
Thank you for reading this review. I value the time given. Now you can purchase this with a clear understanding of what to expect when opening the pages.