Saturday, September 5, 2015

Review: DC Super Heroes Origami: 46 Folding Projects for Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and More! by John Montroll


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
What happens when you combine Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and the Justice League with the art of origami? You get the most incredible collection of paper-folding projects ever assembled. These 46 models, meticulously designed by internationally renowned origami master John Montroll, are guaranteed to amaze. With clear, step-by-step diagrams and instructions, simple squares of paper transform into Batarangs, S-Shields, Invisible Jets, Green Lanterns, and so much more. Also included in the back of the book are 96 sheets of specially illustrated folding papers to make your DC creations truly come to life. When you fold these models, your friends will believe you’re the one with super powers.
For ages 8-12.
*Includes 96 sheets of specially illustrated folding papers to enhance the finishedlook of the models *Features 46 easy to challenging origami models related to Batman, Superman,Wonder Woman, and the Justice League *All models created and diagrammed by internationally renowned origami masterJohn Montroll*Perfect for both beginning and experienced origami enthusiasts*Illustrated diagrams make folding steps easy to follow*Taps into the popularity of licensed origami and paper crafts spurred by StarWars Origami

MY TAKE:
This book has two things I like a lot, origami and super heroes, so it's pretty much a given that I had to take a look at this book.

In DC Super Heroes Origami: 46 Folding Projects for Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and More!, readers can create different origami projects related to Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and the Justice League. The book also includes specially printed papers for each project.

At 200-plus pages, this is quite possibly the longest and most worth-it origami book I've ever read.

The book contains four sections, one each for Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and the Justice League. The projects for each section include objects and symbols associated with that characters, as well as supporting characters and the characters themselves.

I was very impressed with the variety here. I certainly wasn't expecting being able to make origami versions of Batman, etc., but it's definitely a welcome project.  The difficulty levels vary from one star to three stars. Since I only had small origami papers on hand, I was only able to do a couple or so of the one-star projects, but they were easy enough to follow. Wonder Woman's tiara took me less than five minutes.

The great thing about this book is that for each project, you get a brief summary of the item or the villain or character who uses it. Basically, you can have very little knowledge of the DC Universe and still appreciate this book.

The only problem I see here is that since a great number of the projects rely on the specially printed papers, you may have to purchase additional origami paper to practice on first, and unless you get another copy of the book, or additional identically printed papers to the ones here, you'll get to do most of the projects as shown in the book only once.

Thanks to NetGalley and Capstone Young Readers for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:

  1. Even DC newbies can appreciate this.
  2. The variety of projects is amazing.
  3. It's something kids can do on their own or as a bonding activity with their parents. 

THE BAD:

  1. Because the paper is specially printed, you may not be able to replicate a lot of the projects, as shown in the book, after you use up the papers provided. 

READ IT IF:

  1. Your child is a fan of DC Super Heroes.
  2. Your child likes origami.
  3. You're looking for an activity you can do with your child. 

RATING:
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