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Origami to Astonish and Amuse: Over 400 Original Models, Including Such "Classics" as the Chocolate-Covered Ant, the Transvestite Puppet, the Invisible Duck, and Many More!

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Imagine folding a piece of paper into nail clippers that really work, or a Swiss Army knife that actually opens, or a surfer on a wave that crashes when the surfer is slid forward...There's no need to imagine-this is for real! In Origami to Astonish and Amuse Jeremy Shafer has taken the art of paper folding in an entirely new direction. Filled with hundreds of entertaining Imagine folding a piece of paper into nail clippers that really work, or a Swiss Army knife that actually opens, or a surfer on a wave that crashes when the surfer is slid forward...There's no need to imagine-this is for real! In Origami to Astonish and Amuse Jeremy Shafer has taken the art of paper folding in an entirely new direction. Filled with hundreds of entertaining models and folding ideas, ranging from amazingly simple to ridiculously complex, this is origami at its most fun and creative.


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Imagine folding a piece of paper into nail clippers that really work, or a Swiss Army knife that actually opens, or a surfer on a wave that crashes when the surfer is slid forward...There's no need to imagine-this is for real! In Origami to Astonish and Amuse Jeremy Shafer has taken the art of paper folding in an entirely new direction. Filled with hundreds of entertaining Imagine folding a piece of paper into nail clippers that really work, or a Swiss Army knife that actually opens, or a surfer on a wave that crashes when the surfer is slid forward...There's no need to imagine-this is for real! In Origami to Astonish and Amuse Jeremy Shafer has taken the art of paper folding in an entirely new direction. Filled with hundreds of entertaining models and folding ideas, ranging from amazingly simple to ridiculously complex, this is origami at its most fun and creative.

30 review for Origami to Astonish and Amuse: Over 400 Original Models, Including Such "Classics" as the Chocolate-Covered Ant, the Transvestite Puppet, the Invisible Duck, and Many More!

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melki

    I've never had much luck with origami and I've pretty much given up all hope of ever creating even the simplest folded crane. But every now and then, I'll see something REALLY COOL that makes me want to give it a try...yet again. A few years ago, it was this tiny folded suit that I saw on a talk show: I took one look at the instructions and gave up. Just recently, it was this Goodreads giveaway. Once again, I took one look at the instructions and gave up. This stuff is just TOO HARD for me. But i I've never had much luck with origami and I've pretty much given up all hope of ever creating even the simplest folded crane. But every now and then, I'll see something REALLY COOL that makes me want to give it a try...yet again. A few years ago, it was this tiny folded suit that I saw on a talk show: I took one look at the instructions and gave up. Just recently, it was this Goodreads giveaway. Once again, I took one look at the instructions and gave up. This stuff is just TOO HARD for me. But it might come easily to you! Shafer's book features dozens of projects from simple to complex. He takes you through it step-by-step. The illustrated instructions should be easy to follow by anyone but me. You can start with the fairly easy Baby Bird and work your way up to a spectacular Menorah that will indeed hold candles. Learn all the techniques from the simple Valley Fold (folding a piece of paper in half - even I was able to do this!) - to the Reverse Flippy-Floppy Double Back Crunchy Crease (okay, I made that one up, but there is one called the Minor Miracle Fold.) The projects are imaginative - from the phases of the moon to a Swiss Army knife. If you are NOT ME, you'll be folding dragons, dancers, crabs and eagles in no time. Despite the detailed instructions, I would say this is NOT for beginners. Some projects have over 50 steps! BUT, if you persevere, you will be rewarded with a work of art that will stun and amaze your family and friends. Holy Freakin' Crap - Just look at that thing! Oddly enough, my favorites all include flattened men - the appropriately named and easy to picture Unfortunate Bungee Jumper, The Man Swatter and The Unfortunate Suitor which is a high-heeled shoe with a squashed man decorating the sole. As inept as I am, even I easily accomplished the Invisible Duck - I tried to post a picture, but it doesn't photograph well, and the Monolithic Rubblestone Boulder which is the fancy term for when you get frustrated at your lack of origami skills and crumple the paper into a ball. This is a swell book that you'll enjoy looking at even if you're never even tempted to fold some paper.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Estwick

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lorrie

    This book is aptly titled - these origami designs certainly are astonishing and amusing. I look forward to trying my hand at some of them. Each design comes with detailed, illustrated instructions. Many of them *look* quite complicated, so I'm hoping my amateur paper folding skills measure up. Ha. I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lili

    Jeremy Shafer is one of the more creative origami artists that I have seen...his designs are eclectic and so unusual! I suggest any origami give this book a read...the models will entrance you and his commentary will crack you up!

  5. 5 out of 5

    King

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  6. 4 out of 5

    Deniz

    Great, tells you if the origami you're making is complex or simple.

  7. 4 out of 5

    SJonic

    Such a good book for learning origami

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kateri

    Origami to Astonish and Amuse by Jeremy Shafer This book is awesome!!! I am a beginner in the world of folding paper and when I saw how many complicated designs there were, I freaked out. Normally books with advanced folding do not stop to explain what all the origami terms mean and the diagrams are often hard to decipher. This book not only has very easy to read diagrams, it also takes the time to explain what each origami term means and even some modern history of origami as well as the author Origami to Astonish and Amuse by Jeremy Shafer This book is awesome!!! I am a beginner in the world of folding paper and when I saw how many complicated designs there were, I freaked out. Normally books with advanced folding do not stop to explain what all the origami terms mean and the diagrams are often hard to decipher. This book not only has very easy to read diagrams, it also takes the time to explain what each origami term means and even some modern history of origami as well as the author's commentary on each piece. This book is perfect for beginners and expert origami folders alike. The book starts out simple and gets more complex as you get deeper into the book. Each origami piece is interesting and it is clear that Mr. Jeremy Shafer spent a lot of time and effort to make each diagram clear and simple, which is much appreciated. The best part about this book is that each and every design is fun to fold and fun to show off to your friends. A few of my friends favorites included the Nail Clippers, the Slithering Snake Skin, the Swiss Army Knife, the Dragon, and, my personal favorite, the Unopenable Envelope. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in origami and has plenty of patience, because the odds are that the first time you fold something it won't come out perfect. I give this book a rating of five stars for Mr. Jeremy Shafer's ingenuity, creativity, wit, and thoughtfulness towards the beginning folder.

  9. 5 out of 5

    vonblubba

    Origami per fulminati. Questo tizio è un pazzoide (nel senso buono del termine). Come altro si può definire qualcuno che inventa modelli tipo l'automobile con le gambe, l'"heart attack" (una specie di lingua di menelicche con un cuore sulla punta), l'"unfortunate suitor" (una scarpa da donna con la sagoma di un uomo spiaccicata sotto la suola), la mano che suona un pianoforte (stile famiglia Addams), il tagliaunghie (!!!), per finire con la versione origami di "drawing hands" di Escher. Detto cos Origami per fulminati. Questo tizio è un pazzoide (nel senso buono del termine). Come altro si può definire qualcuno che inventa modelli tipo l'automobile con le gambe, l'"heart attack" (una specie di lingua di menelicche con un cuore sulla punta), l'"unfortunate suitor" (una scarpa da donna con la sagoma di un uomo spiaccicata sotto la suola), la mano che suona un pianoforte (stile famiglia Addams), il tagliaunghie (!!!), per finire con la versione origami di "drawing hands" di Escher. Detto così, questo libro può sembrare una presa in giro. Tutt'altro. L'autore è un origamista coi fiocchi, ma ha scelto di sfruttare le sue doti per creare modelli "insoliti". Se cercate qualcosa di diverso dal solito libro di origami e avete un minimo di senso dell'umorismo, questa è la scelta giusta.

  10. 4 out of 5

    ZombieLMG

    This is a very diverse origami book. There are instructions for many highly complicated models but there also many for beginners. (I'd say it's evenly split.) It has a brief tip section about types of paper to use besides regular origami paper. There is also a step-by-step guide in the beginning that is very useful that shows you how to do all the basic folds and bases that are used in the book (and origami in general). There's a great section of wacky models called 'Origami for the Almost Deran This is a very diverse origami book. There are instructions for many highly complicated models but there also many for beginners. (I'd say it's evenly split.) It has a brief tip section about types of paper to use besides regular origami paper. There is also a step-by-step guide in the beginning that is very useful that shows you how to do all the basic folds and bases that are used in the book (and origami in general). There's a great section of wacky models called 'Origami for the Almost Deranged' with things that I never even considered could be made with origami and then there's also some "sweeter" things such as heart envelopes and peace signs. None of the origami requires cutting and it's pretty amazing that they can all be made with one piece of paper. *I received my copy through GoodReads First Reads but that does not affect my review or opinions of the book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I got this book from a Goodreads Giveaway For being a crafty person I found this book quite fun. This book takes regualar origami and turns it on its head. There are so many new and unique patterns in this book and gives some fun challenges. I really like the beginning of the book where it goest through a lot of the folds and shows a more detailed step by step guide on how to do them so if you get confused later you can always flip back to the beginning to review a certain fold. The downside is t I got this book from a Goodreads Giveaway For being a crafty person I found this book quite fun. This book takes regualar origami and turns it on its head. There are so many new and unique patterns in this book and gives some fun challenges. I really like the beginning of the book where it goest through a lot of the folds and shows a more detailed step by step guide on how to do them so if you get confused later you can always flip back to the beginning to review a certain fold. The downside is that there are some really complicated ones that take time and patience to complete successfully. So I guess its all up to how much you want to invest into a certain piece. I suggest this book to anyone who likes origami and is looking for a challenge.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rosibel Matta

    Wow!! This is a awesome book!! I am the happiest person because I wan "Origami to astonish and amuse" thank you!!, thank you!!, thank you!! I love it and I know that my son will love it too. I enter the giveaway hoping to win it for him because his birthday , the 20 of this month he will be 10 and he loves origami. The book is easy to follow with lots and lots of things do do, is amazing. I recommend this book everybody will love it and has a lot of fun things that you can do specially this time o Wow!! This is a awesome book!! I am the happiest person because I wan "Origami to astonish and amuse" thank you!!, thank you!!, thank you!! I love it and I know that my son will love it too. I enter the giveaway hoping to win it for him because his birthday , the 20 of this month he will be 10 and he loves origami. The book is easy to follow with lots and lots of things do do, is amazing. I recommend this book everybody will love it and has a lot of fun things that you can do specially this time of the year with the cold outside and the kids been home.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    What a fun tabletop book! As someone who appreciates origami and made hundreds of cranes as a child, I was drawn to this book. I loved the adult nature of using origami for entrainment. My only disappointment with this book was with the lack of colored pictures of the finish products. Plus, I would have loved to see a different cover design so that I could use it as a coffee table book. Some of the models are very difficult but there are enough models that are not for someone who is just starting What a fun tabletop book! As someone who appreciates origami and made hundreds of cranes as a child, I was drawn to this book. I loved the adult nature of using origami for entrainment. My only disappointment with this book was with the lack of colored pictures of the finish products. Plus, I would have loved to see a different cover design so that I could use it as a coffee table book. Some of the models are very difficult but there are enough models that are not for someone who is just starting out.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    With lots of crazy designs that make you giggle like a kid, this book is good for those who like origami and want to go further than traditional cranes and flowers. Each model is labeled with one of five levels of complexity and, once you get a hang of the unusual instructions, everything is pretty straightforward. I found myself spending hours testing these designs and realized this is a good low-tech solution to rainy afternoons. *ARC for an honest review

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rena

    These models are harder than what my daughter can do so far, but she loves a challenge. Some of them are really funny -- the author has a good sense of humor. Received from GoodReads.com for review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    The book provides a wide range of black, white, and blue (differentiating front and back) patterns with level ratings. Some really neat patterns, but sadly, most of the cool stuff was beyond my (intermediate) skill level. The clarity of the instructions is good/average.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    Great learning book! Loved it and plan to create more pieces of art!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Михаил Довгалев

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  19. 5 out of 5

    Tina Laws

    This is a great book. I got interested in Origami as a child and now with this book I can do more things with paper.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ck Nguyên

    good

  21. 5 out of 5

    Thomas R.

    SO COOL

  22. 4 out of 5

    Randi

    Clever book! Mr. Shafer does an amazing job entertaining his readers as well as educating them on the art and challenge of origami.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shiloh

    As advertised my friends were astonished and amazed and soon folding right along with me!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Allen2018

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jatavius

  26. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Fagerburg

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gayathri Nair

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mitchell

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bhavesh

  30. 5 out of 5

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