I have kinder dolls. It's ok. It really bugs me that there are no actual pictures of the dolls, just drawings. The drawings are fine, but not very helpful to me. People who aren't visual won't be bothered. If you get a kit, you won't need the book and if you buy a pattern you won't need the book, especially if you just plan to make one doll. If you are any kind of creative at all, you will be able to easily make your own patterns for the variations of dolls after you learn the basic techniques.