I totally recommend this book to aspiring or professional book illustrators. It is like a course in itself. It's not a coffee table book - this is mostly in black and white and the cover is not too attractive, so if you want pics I'd suggest Martin Salisbury's book on the same subject (which, however, is less detailed in my opinion). BUT Shulevitz's book contains a lot to read and think about. I like the way its written, balancing both theory and practice in much detail. Visual examples are provided to explain all points mentioned.