I have to say that when I first picked this book up I felt that the cover didn't quite match the "young people" focus of the title. However, they say you shouldn’t judge a book before you've actually looked inside and, having done this, I was actually very pleasantly surprised. Within a space of about 255 pages, it breaks the classical music world down into logical, bite-sized sections, allowing one to quickly find concise, easy-to-read information on just about anything. Topics covered include: types of instruments, the differences between the major "classical" styles and stand-out composers within these styles. I found the short section on the important role of the conductor particularly interesting and there is also a very helpful list of suggested listening broken down by period. Although this book might not initially come across as being very young people focused, the way it is laid out inside certainly would suit this audience and also makes it ideal for an adult who would just like a handy "dip in" information resource for all things classical.