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Mythological Creatures and the Chinese Zodiac in Origami Paperback – March 5, 1996


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Product Details

  • Series: Origami
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (March 5, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486289710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486289717
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,396,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Internationally renowned author John Montroll has significantly increased the origami repertoire with his original designs. Best known as the inspiration behind the single-square, no-cuts, no-glue approach, the American origami master presents meticulously developed folding sequences that result in better models with fewer steps.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Powell on February 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book has my favorite Montrol Model, Cerberus the three headed dog who guards the gates of hell, and my second favorite Pegasus. I had an old Sakoda model of a the flying horse but this one far exceeds it.
Montrol models tend to be complex, with many many folds. The detail of the three headed dragon is amazing. But the final model is less than pleasing. Sometimes less is more. On the other hand, there are no cuts in any of these models and if you use good large paper you will be amazed at what is possible.
(These models are easier than the Lang bugs)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Erin on March 11, 2002
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I am a beginning origami enthusiast and have only five origami books to my name. However, four of them are by John Montroll and this book, Mythological Creatures, is one of the best!! The drawings are easy to follow, the designs are very different and challenging and when completed, the three-headed dragon is just awesome!! It took me four hours to fold it, but it was worth the time. Get this book! The folds are great and the results are worth every penny!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ourldypeac@AOL.com or Ian McRobbie on July 9, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is one of my favorite origami books. It contains diagrams for a rat, ox, tiger, bloar, rabbit, dog, chinese dragon, rooster, snake, monkey, ram, horse, sea serpent, unicorn, centaur, wyvern, griffin, three headed dragon, western dragon, pegasus, chimera, and cerberus.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 1998
Format: Paperback
In this book, Montroll falls into routines. The chinese zodiac models are ugly enough (just compared to his beautiful models in "Origami sculptures"),and the process of folding lacks scintillation. The second part of the book is fair, some mythological creatures are faithfully constructed.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By #1 D.C. fan Gene (GeneleeX@aol.com) on June 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a decent origami book overall. There are some very impressive models, such as the three headed dragon, but most of the book is pretty watered-down compared to some of Montroll's other books due to lack of detail.
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I could not do the advanced designs in this book. The characters are wonderful, just required more skill than I have. I am a relatively new intermediate folder.
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