An enormous thank you from the bottom of my heart for everyone who came to my book launch at the marvellous Kinokuniya, Sydney. I was touched and overwhelmed by the turn out and we sold out of books completely!
A HUGE thank you to the teams at Kinokuniya team and Hachette for their amazing support, and all the wonderful people who attended, we were well and truly full house. A special thanks to The Yoga Parent who has been an enduring support, before, during and after this books creation.
There are some lovely reviews, here are a few of my favourites:
Adelaide Now DIANA CARROLL
Kabuki is a hipster rabbit-boy who wears a smart blue bow tie, drinks only the best snow-pea tea, and trims his vegetables into little hearts. At home, and in life, he “likes everything to be just so”. He is content but lonely, living in his “burrow in the sky, among the clouds of a metropolis”. This oriental make-believe world is populated by cats and rabbits and foxes.
Origami Heart is a delightful tale about love and trust and friendship that will appeal to readers of all ages. The conversational narration fizzes with wit and charm, and the illustrations have a vivid sophistication with wonderful layers of creative detail. Fans of Sneaky Sam will recognise Binny’s distinctive hand-drawn style in this beautiful book, which won three international awards. Reading Origami Heart, alone or to a little person, will make you happy.
The Little Bookworm
This charming picturebook by … Binny is delicate, delightful and different. Every year the stylistic range of Australian picture books deepens – we’re in a golden age!
Starts at 60, KAREN JONES
There is one word for this book. Exquisite!….This is such a simple yet profound story. Illustrated in vintage colours and style, yet it deals with loneliness, isolation and expectation in the human heart. Children are not exempt from these feelings, and it is possible to see the beginnings of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with Kabuki’s preoccupation for order and neatness.
I loved this book, not just because I could identify with Kabuki and his sense of loss when Koko did not arrive on the promised visit, but because although it is a simple story, it is a useful tool in order to engage with small children as they deal with their feelings, obsessions and the disappointments of a grown up world. Even though sad, Kabuki can rearrange his feelings by turning his heart into an origami plane – and that is what brings joy back to him. The book escapes sentimentality, although it invoked strong feelings in me even as an adult. It is so skilfully written, and although short in length, it would be a wonderful addition to any child’s library.
Binny herself is an award-winning textile designer and artist. Yet she has so clearly written about feelings and setbacks and reveals that she also has an astute understanding of human nature. I loved this book and believe it would be a treasure on any child or adult’s bookshelf.