The following are taken from the beginner’s book Beat That Kid in Chess.
From the back cover
Do you know the rules but almost nothing more about chess? This is the best book for the early beginner. . . .
From the Introduction
Take the lessons in this book seriously and your ability to play chess may advance further than if you had struggled through losing twenty games. It might not take the place of seriously struggling through eighty games, however, for over-the-board experience teaches in its own way. . . .
Natural ability and a drive to win often count more than academic experience [chess books], in competition. . . .
You may notice that many diagrams are nearly identical, something rarely encountered in most chess books. You need to get used to those small differences that are so important in chess games. How critical can be the smallest difference! This approach can help you to think like a tournament player, in the sense of diving into a chess position as if it had never come up before, a unique landscape for you to explore. . . .
From Page 13
Diagram-3 demonstrates a pin. In this case, the white queen cannot move in any direction except directly towards or away from the black queen. If you wonder what would be a wise choice for white, I suggest capture the black queen on the b6 square.
Beginning of Chapter Two
Concentrating on the lessons in this book should help you progress from a raw beginner to a more advanced beginner. Do not expect it to prepare you to compete well with an average tournament player. And yet you may soon become a more challenging competitor to other beginners, after you have mastered the previous chapter and this one.