Origami Heart by Binny
Published by Hachette Australia
Poor Kabuki, he is a lovely neat rabbit all alone in a big city. His preparations for the arrival of his friend Yoko are very particular indeed as he seeks symmetry and perfection in everything he does. Just when everything is perfect – the doorbell rings. It is not Yoko but the postman with an apology from Yoko. She is not coming to visit and by Kabuki’s reaction perhaps never again. (Maybe she is not into OCD rabbits.)
Poor Kabuki unpins his heart and transforms it into a paper plane and sends it out of his window and into the wide world. Kabuki’s heart is caught by another lovely neat rabbit girl and we know that it is the start of a wonderful friendship.
The illustrations are stunning in their bold monochromatic colours and a bespectacled Kabuki is as cute as a lupin Harry Potter. The prose is measured and gentle just like Kabuki. Kabuki takes a wild chance with his origami heart plane and he is rewarded. Sometimes to find love you must send your heart out into the world.
A gentle story of loneliness, friendship and taking a chance made even better by the inclusion of instructions of Kabuki’s origami heart and plane.
CKT Book Reviewer
Title: Origami Heart
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Published: June 2016