recommendations please for project

I would like to make a book - touch sensitive. So for instance, I would like to be able to “pet” or “rub” the cover and it make a sound. I know NOTHING about arduino, but have been told to start here. If you have any suggestions I would greatly appreciate it! Please make your suggestions with very simple language, sorry, new to this. Thanks!!!

This should get you started . . .

http://www.arduino.cc/playground/Main/CapSense

I’ve used it under 1/8" of wood and it worked very well.