by Jay Ansill
- 2004 by Quarry
|Skill Level||From simple to complex|
|Clear diagrams?||Less than perfect|
|Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)?||Yes|
|Photos of completed models?||Yes|
|Is there indication to the model size resulting from size of starting paper?||No|
|Are the models "Pure" origami (From a single square - no cuts)?||A few are from other shapes|
This is a collection of two books previously authored by Jay Ansill: Origami Monsters and Mythical Beings and Practical and Decorative Origami. There are a few slight changes from the original books, though, as the new edition adds a couple of models by Michael LaFosse and omits a parrot by Ligia Montoya.
There are some excellent models included here, with the mythical-beings part containing the more challenging projects. However, the book's weakness lies in the fact that the diagrams are not the clearest, and some of the photographs in the mythical-beings part are quite bad - they even managed to mess up a photo of Neal's dragon...
My favorite models in this book are Lang's Shiva and Neal's cute wizard and witch.
I wouldn't recommend this book for beginners, but for advanced folders, who sometimes enjoy a small challenge of "deciphering" diagrams.