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David Alderton is a prolific author on pet care, and his 'Chinchillas' is a very clearly written introductory guide to chinchillas as pets. It gives novices a clear ideas of the basics, and is also clear enough for older children to follow. David Alderton's book is less detailed than Mirella Poli's guide, but it's probably the best introductory guide around, and offers good value for money. It would make a nice present for a child who helps care for the family chinchilla, and is worth reading if you are wondering about a chinchilla as a pet. However, if you actually take on a chinchilla or two, Mirella Poli's book will be of more help.