Thursday, July 19, 2012

Review: Origami X by Nick Robinson


Especially for budding spies, sleuths, and secret agents, Origami X: Paper Folding for Secret Agents features a variety of spy-themed origami designs perfect for secreting highly sensitive intelligence - hide the details of your undercover ops inside an origami spy plane, or pass on contact information for your field agent wrapped up in a covert camera! As well as the origami instructions, there are special feature panels on codes, disguises, and spy skills.
Simple origami designs that are fun to fold.
10 themed, patterned pieces of origami paper included.
Promotes dexterity and hand-eye coordination.
Ages 8-12. From the Secret Origami series which also includes: Origami XOXO by Nick Robinson and Susan Behar.


This book should have been around when I was a kid!

Origami X is an origami book that doubles as a spy-how-to book. There are different types of codes you can try for yourself, as well as tips you can use as a spy. There are also how-tos for making invisible ink and creating your own secret scratch card.

The secret scratch card had me intrigued. I've always wondered how to make one of these. This would have made my childhood so much more fun. :D

The origami designs are all spy-related, such as the star (shuriken), spy plane and the covert camera. Since I'm an origami enthusiast, the designs here were easy-peasy for me. I think origami beginners should have no problems with this, as the instructions and illustrations are quite straightforward. There's also an Origami 101 at the start of the book that helps young kids and origami newbies to familiarize themselves with origami techniques.

Thanks to NetGalley and Capstone Press for the e-ARC. Publication date of Origami X is on August 1, 2012.


  1. There are plenty of great tips and trivia that can be used by amateur and wanna-be spies.
  2. The designs are easy to follow.
  3. There are tutorials and guides so kids and their parents can easily follow.


  1. Not all the designs can be used for spying in real life.

This is a Japanese shuriken, also known as a throwing star and a ninja star.

  1. You like origami.
  2. You have always wanted to be a spy.
  3. You're looking for an amazing new activity book for your kid.




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