I try to get all of my craft-type books from the library first to see if they are worth the purchase. I can say this one definitely is! I've had it checked out from the library for a month now, and I couldn't stop myself from ordering my own copy. There is wonderful variety in the book, and sooo many cute items. I'm a beginner, so I can't say how an advanced doll maker would feel about this book, but I find it inspiring and fun to look at. I've made the "Fleur" doll twice already- one for my sister and one for myself- and they both turned out absolutely adorable. I'm looking at making Red Riding Hood from Suse Bauer next.
Now the bad. There is really only one bad thing I can say about it, and it is regarding the "patterns" from Ana Fernandes. There are three dolls listed for her, but you only get the pattern for ONE. You get a pattern for a girl doll, and for the dog and lamb she "gives you" you are told to use the same body as the girl doll and figure out the rest on your own (see my image in the gallery to see the lamb). For a beginner like me, making a template myself for the dog's head, ears, and clothes and the lamb's head, ears, and cape seems a little daunting. The lamb's head seems especially complicated to me as it uses a mixture of fabrics. I don't know if this was Ana's idea or the author/publisher, but it was not a smart one. If Ana only wanted to give us one pattern or the publisher only had room for her to give one, then they should have just listed one doll for her. But since they chose to list the puppy and lamb, why couldn't they just include the head and ears for them? After all, if I could make my own patterns I wouldn't need this book!
So don't count on full patterns for 23 dolls, you get 21. I can't figure out why they did this- it's annoying. I still recommend this book, just know that 2 patterns are more or less missing.