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Meh... Take it or Leave it.
on April 9, 2010
On a scale from Boo! to Amazing! this book scores a solid Meh...especially when compared with other books in the beginner origami genre.
What is worse is that only the out-of-print, hardback edition of this book comes with paper. I actually found the older version of it at Borders Books for less money and bought it without realizing they're the same book. The hardback version is almost worth the money just because of the paper. The paper is pretty nice. A variety of sizes, patterns and colors. This version isn't worth anything as far as I'm concerned.
Now to the book itself. It's a mediocre offering at best. Most of the models are rather boring. I find half of them to be not even worth bothering with. Some of the animals are fun. I like the mouse, duck, swan, a couple others, but I would say that to me, personally, at least half the book was useless filler material, like the pinwheel.
And what's worse is the book offers an intro to the folds and bases in the beginning and then just throws a bunch of models at you that you should be able to fold now, assuming you memorized those bases on your first read-through. If you're like me, you didn't memorize them and now find some of the models very confusing and annoying.
I have John Montroll's "Teach Yourself Origami" where he introduces a lot of the same models and yet I didn't find his book confusing at all, because he presents the bases in a completely different way. Very clear and concise with directions that are much easier to follow and understand.
I am keeping this book, but only for about three or four models in it that aren't in Montroll's book.
If you're an "absolute beginner" I would strongly recommend Montroll's book over this.