EDIT: Derp. Old post marshall decided to bring up and advertise on... oh well, the information is still there.

I highly suggest reading up on this blog:
http://raisingkittytheveiledchameleon.blogspot.com/
As well as joining this forum:
http://www.chameleonforums.com

A melleri is not a chameleon you should start off with. I highly suggest starting with either a veiled or a panther chameleon. Books are very outdated and I'd be willing to bet yours isn't an exception.

Read up on the Kitty Blog and let me know if you book has similar information...