Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Origami X, Nick Robinson

The Teaser: Origami X provides 10 pieces of origami paper and instructions for 10 origami models that super secret spy agents will find helpful in their day to day operations. Along with the easy to follow instructions are side panels on all sorts of helpful spy skills like cryptology and secret messages.

Succes! The Death Mark from page 20
What Stood Out: The book is colorful and bright without being overwhelming. The instructions are, for the most part, incredibly easy to follow and the end results are beautiful. This is a great introduction to origami, with a fun twist for reluctant crafters. I would pair it with Harriet the Spy or Liar & Spy for a great gift, and will certainly refer to it if I ever need to plan a spy themed library program or party. 

Success! The Secret File from page 28
Success! The Star from page 12
What Didn't Work: I tried four of the ten origami diagrams in the book and had great success with 3 of them. The camera didn't work for me, no matter how many times I tried it. Actual written directions are tricky with origami, I know, but it would have been nice to have a little bit more than just arrows when the need for troubleshooting arises.

Fail. Whomp, whomp. The Covert Camera from page 32
Anything Extra Special?: All throughout the book, hidden at the end of each origami diagram, are little hints on being a spy. Lessons on cryptography, disguises, ciphers and trailing targets line the pages, adding a little extra something to the all the great origami projects.

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