"Besides a typical "concise" or "pocket" dictionary, this dictionary will be your constant companion. It provides thorough explanations of words, phrases, and proper usage, something that a regular Chinese-English dictionary doesn't do."
"This is the BEST character dictionary you'll ever find. Its easy to navigate, has everything you would want to know about a character (what the radical is, stroke order, structural type, grade level, and a few quick definitions), except the annoying omission of Traditional characters."
"This is the BEST book for learning about the Chinese language as a whole; not so much an educational book so much as an informative book. Read when you first begin learning Chinese for a few tidbits of useful information, then revisit it when you have a grasp of the basics for a mountain of practical knowledge."
"This book provides stroke order and practice space for the first 100 characters you're likely to learn; similar products are available for free to print out via the internet, but I've used this book and find it useful. Also look for the Second 100 Characters, as well as the Traditional editions."