I have a confession to make. The biggest reason for why I requested Kawaii Origami by Chrissy Pushkin has everything to do with that adorable ice cream on the cover. I’ve always loved origami, at least the process of making it, and I know quite a few kiddos who would love to have an ice cream that looks like that. I know a lot of rainbow and unicorn lovers and I know this ice cream would be right up their allies. Admittedly, while I find the process of origami incredibly fun and I definitely love it when I get to show off these skills–I’m particularly fond of folding dollar bills into cool objects and even gave my boyfriend a fighter jet once–the question of what to do with the origami after making it has always been one I have a hard time finding an answer for. In a small sense, I definitely was influenced by the fact that I work with kids and know quite a few who would like the kind of origami in this book.
I have to admit that I find it far easier to learn origami via videos online rather than in a book. There’s a more visible step-by-step process to it than there is with a book of pictures, though I was excited to try out several of these folds. I’m definitely no expert at these things and did get confused several times while trying to create some of the origami portrayed throughout, but I do feel that the instructions are super helpful. I imagine perfecting these folds is really just a matter of practice. I was a little disappointed that there weren’t more exceedingly cute pieces, like the ice cream, and didn’t really find myself all too interested in creating bowls and the like. I was looking to make candy type origami and maybe some rainbow colored animals. But, overall, the book was definitely informative and fun and I enjoyed the read.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.