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About the Author

Robert J. Lang is one of the most respected origami designers in the world. He is the author of "The Complete Book of Origami" and" Origami Zoo" (written with Steven Weiss). He lives in Altadena, California.

Susan S. Lang, a senior science writer at Cornell University, is the author of eleven books and writes for national magazines, including McCALL'S, WOMAN'S DAY, LADIES HOME JOURNAL, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING, VOGUE, and AMERICAN HEALTH. She resides in New York.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Origami Papercraft
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (June 20, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486286029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486286020
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Origami Insects and Their Kin is absolutely my favorite origami book. All but the first model are extremely challenging, and the first one would be given a "complex" rating in any book. I can't stress this enough: if you are bored with the origami books you have because they are too easy, THIS is the book you are looking for. The only downside is that everything else pales in comparison afterwards! The insect models in this book are what one expects of Robert Lang, and then some. They are all beautifully rendered, and amazingly, they're simple enough in design that it's hard to imagine taking any of the details away. The models are so difficult because Lang chooses great subjects, from the exotic-looking Black Pine Sawyer, Samurai Helmet Beetle, and Long-Necked Seed Bug, to the common (but still beautiful) Pill Bug, Dragonfly, and Ant. It's difficult to continue elaborating on Origami Insects and Their Kin, because after several years it still makes my jaw drop, leaving me speechless. This book stands head and shoulders above any other origami book I have seen, for complexity and model quality. If you can't stand insects, perhaps this isn't the book for you. If that's not a problem, then why haven't you already put a good fifty hours into this book?
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In my opinion, the books to date containing the most complicated and outrageous origami models are the following: Kawahata's Dinosaur, Issei's Supercomplex , and this CHAMPION , Lang's Insects. Every model here needs a lot (really a lot) patience and many-year folding experience. Or you MUST fail in folding over half of them. There are lots of unexpected and new technics, every model is in a neatly calculated mathematical proportion and with the exactly right number in every part (eyes, legs, antennas, etc.) In Facing such a book, I completely, deeply, adore the art of origami.
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An awesome book! Contains some of the most beautiful folds I know, as well as some of the hardest. Here's what you get:
1. Treehopper: A rather simple bug, good introduction to the book.
2. Spotted Ladybug: An AWESOME exploration of color-contrast! Looks great when folded from the right paper even though it is not 3D.
3. Orb Weaver: What should I say, well it's a spider...
4. Tarantula: Another spider but with ten legs. If you do it right it looks much like the real thing.
5. Tick: This comes as a hungry and a sated tick. Easy to fold and looks good.
6. Ant: This is absolutely my favourite origami model! The ant is so awesome, I can't find words for it. You just have to fold it to believe it plus it's pretty easy to fold too.
7. Butterfly: Well folks that's a real butterfly with legs and it's really hard to fold.
8. Scarab Beetle: Egyptian bug.
9. Cicada: Looks GREAT when folded well but is probably the hardest model in the book.
10. Grasshopper: Green, long legs.
11. Black Pine Sawyer: Has really long antennae and looks really cool.
12. Dragonfly: Not very realistic, has a "cartoon" style look.
13. Hercules Beetle: A fat bug that looks good when folded well.
14. Long-Necked Seed Bug: I had never heard of this bug before. Doesn't look bad though.
15. Pill Bug: Not easy to fold but a great-looking and unique model.
16. Praying Mantis: Very hard.
17. Stag Beetle: Good looking and fairy easy.
18. Paper Wasp: Requires you to do something I would have thought impossible before reading this book. Extremely hard.
19. Samurai Helmet Beetle: Beautiful model but hard to fold.
20. Scorpion: Comes out pretty thick but can look nice too.
After all, a great book, if you are an advanced folder buy it!
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This marvellous book contains instructions for a range of origami insects most of which are very realistic. Most will take a minimum of 2-3 hours each to fold and will require large squares of fine weight foil, preferably Japan type, for initial practice pieces. The computerised diagrams are clear and concise and accurately drawn, though the models are advanced and will require some folding experience even to begin to attempt the techniques involved.

I enjoyed the grasshopper in particular and have made it several times. Writing this review has made me want to go and fold it again!

This book is a must for any paperfolder and is one you will come back to again and again.
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This is like the pinnacle for all origami folders. If you can master all these origami figures in this book, then you are one high-powered origami folder! This book really gives you a challenge and hours of fun, or shall I say frustration! :) An absolute must, for any hardcore origamist! If you want a challenge, this is definitely the book for you. I've looked at Origami Fantasy by Kawahata, and ISSEI SUPER COMPLEX ORIGAMI, by Yoshino, and this insect book by Lang is in the same level as these books. I can't stress how good this book is! :)
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I see I'm in the minority on this book, and I'm sure I'll get a bunch of "unhelpful" votes from people disagreeing with my opinion, but I found this book really frustrating for the amount of steps that are just so difficult to get through. To be honest, until I got this book, I'd never really had major difficulties with any origami I've done, I've been folding for over 30 years, I had even folded Lang's previous monster the Cuckoo Clock from The Complete Book of Origami, Montroll's Stego and other such complex models. I've done plenty of insects before (I loved the mantis in his Origami Zoo book) but a fair number of the ones in this book just drove me nuts. There just is not enough explanation of quite a few of the intermediate steps. He often has very nice, detailed explanations of some of the later steps, but just skims over earlier ones that end up being rather inexplicable as a result. There are just a lot of places where I just totally had no idea at all how he was getting from one step to the next. I'd try such models again and get stuck in the middle again, and I personally just do not find that enjoyable to put so much time into something only to get totally stuck and unable to continue. Sure, it happens once in awhile regardless...but with this book it became commonplace. Are the models in this book top-noptch, highly detailed and realistic insects? When successfully folded, absolutely.Read more ›
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