Star Wars Origami: Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paper-folding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.... attempts to capitalize on the link between a love of Star Wars and a love of origami by showing paper folders how to make their own Yoda, Millennium Falcon, Death Star, R2-D2, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and more. The book is based upon Chris Alexander's work on the Star Wars Origami website.
You have to give Alexander credit for originality. Usually, when I pick up on origami book, I've seen most of the models already in at least two or three other books. This is completely unlike anything else I've seen before. Star Wars Folded Flyers focuses on starfighters, but this book's inclusion of characters and accessories like the Yoda's lightsaber makes it truly one of a kind.
The book includes detailed instructions for each project, as well as 72 sheets of printed paper to make sure your creations have the maximum level of realism. I like that you are given more than one sheet of each design, since it normally takes me a few tries to learn how to fold something new. It's still a good idea to practice with scratch paper first though, especially if you're trying one of the more complicated models.
The introductory chapter of Star Wars Origami: Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paper-folding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.... does a thorough job of explaining basic origami concepts for readers who may have picked up the book just because of their love for Star Wars. If you haven't done a lot of origami in the past, this chapter is worth bookmarking for future reference.
I thought the Star Wars trivia and background information in this book was extremely interesting, since my knowledge of the series is mostly limited to what I've picked up from my son and my husband. The quotes from various characters and the photos from the different movie scenes are also a nice touch that will be sure to appeal to the true Star Wars fan.
For me, this book would have been more useful if the projects were grouped together by difficulty level. I think it's more user-friendly if the projects start off easy and get progressively more complicated as you continue reading through the book. The current arrangement seems to have been chosen more for the its appeal to Star Wars fans than as a practical aid for folding the projects. There is an index with projects listed by difficulty level in the back, however.
Another thing I think would have made the book a bit easier for beginners to follow was if the illustrations for each step were done using the decorative paper that is included in the book and the decorative paper included marks for where the creases should be. This is commonly done in children's origami kits and I'm sure many young people are going to be interested in this title at their local bookstore.