In my view Carrara 3 is the best value for money of any 3D modelling software program. Its accessible interface and high-end tools mean that professional quality images and animations can be produced. Mike de la Flor's book is the perfect way to get started: taking up where the program's manual leaves off, there are tutorials for exploring all Carrara's features. There's even a step-by-step guide for modelling a human head, an achievement most modellers aspire to! Each tutorial is supported by the actual Carrara files on the CD. Highly recommended.