Product Review (submitted on December 27, 2012):
If you're an absolute beginner this is a very good book. As others have stated, it teaches basic music theory along with ukulele skills. If play another instrument you will move quickly through this book.
Even as an experienced pianist, I do appreciate the careful teaching of note reading and playing the individual notes - it doesn't jump right into chords. You are able to quickly begin playing melodies - almost instant gratification; this helps to keep you motivated!
This book came as part of the ukulele package that I ordered. I also added Jumpin' Jim's Tips 'n' Tunes to my collection. Using both of them helped to keep me from becoming bored.
Our 12 year old son who has no musical background is using the Hal Leonard book to teach himself to play the uke (with some help from mom, of course!)