Yupee! Got the stuff I've ordered from Amazon - The fundamentals of illustration and a Watson-Guptill sketchbook .
It took them about 15 days to arrive which is sooner than expected. I'm now ready to record my observations and ideas on my new sketchbook I wish to use a lot. Haven't yet read the book, but it looks neat - from what I see it takes you from the brief to the actual illustration describing the process and the different ways of doing it.