Dogs in Origami: 30 Breeds from Terriers to Hounds – John Montroll

I adored origami when I was growing up. My interest faded until recently when I binge watched Prison Break. For some mysterious reason as I gazed into Wentworth Miller’s soul eyes for hours my interest in origami grew once more. 😍

Needless to say, I’ve seen so many origami books recently and the animal ones in particular have been … interesting. They’ll have the title saying the next project is a pig. The paper will be pink and there’ll be lots of folds and glue and all of this intricate work, then they show you the final product. I then look at the final photograph of their masterpiece and I’ll be thinking, ‘That’s a pig??? Okay … If you say so …’ 🤔

Not so with Dogs in Origami. The final products actually look like dogs and not only that, they look like the actual breed they’re supposed to be. Even at glance on the cover image you can identify the types of dogs they are – without captions!

Varying in complexity from intermediate to complex, you get step by step coloured pictures to make 31 projects (30 dog breeds) that progress in difficulty throughout the book. Each project only requires one square-sheet and you don’t need to cut or glue anything.

My personal favourites in each chapter are the Beagle, Scottish Terrier (I have two favourites in Chapter 1), Basset Hound, Bull Terrier, Boxer and Labrador Retriever, but they’re all amazing and so creative. I admire people who can make something artistic out of practically nothing.

Maybe I should start on the ‘I can’t believe that’s a pig’ before I move on to the intermediate Beagle unless I want my Beagle to look like it crawled out of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. Hmm … Now that’s an interesting Halloween idea …

I loved this book and look forward to my dogs looking like dogs in the nearish future. I really want to check out more of John Montroll’s books. This man is an origami genius!

Thank you so much to NetGalley and Dover Publications for the opportunity to read this book.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Once Upon a Blurb

Origami master John Montroll pays tribute to man’s best friend with this guide to creating origami dogs. Suitable for folders of intermediate to advanced skills, the book presents step-by-step instructions and full-colour photographs for each model. More than two dozen breeds range from the familiar Beagle, Chihuahua, Yorkie, Boxer, and Lab to the more exotic Basenji, Akita, Otterhound, and Bernese Mountain Dog. 

Internationally renowned author John Montroll has significantly increased the origami repertoire with his original designs. Best known as the inspiration behind the single-square, no-cuts, no-glue approach, the American origami master offers readers meticulously developed folding sequences that allow them to create better models with fewer steps.

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