- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
- Series: Origami Yoda (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1st Edition. edition (March 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0810984253
- ISBN-13: 978-0810984257
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 285 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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- Format: Hardcover
- Publication Date: 3/1/2010
- Pages: 160
- Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
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The book's more than funny, though. It shows readers how some people might try acting weird to get attention, and it shows how "weird people" can be very smart in some ways. So there is a message amongst the humor.
By the way, I know very little about Star Wars, but I still found this book funny. And I'm an adult, but I still found this book funny! So even if you're not in the book's target audience, this is a fun, quick read.
If you're a parent determining whether or not this book is appropriate for your child, continue reading, but be prepared for spoilers.
***** SPOILERS *****
Okay, there is no cussing in the book, which is good. The insults never go anywhere beyond "dipwad" or similar childish names. No controversial issues (such as race or religion) enter the mix. In fact, there's just one part of the book that bothers me. Origami Yoda tells a character to attack a boy who made fun of a girl. This character follows Yoda's advice and ends up getting suspended for fighting at school. However, the girl is so impressed that the character stood up for her that she decides to go out with him. I'm not sure that's a good message to be sending kids. That's all I really wanted to caution you on.
Dwight was super cool to me because he didn't care what anyone else thought. He was true to himself, and he managed to laugh at himself. But he knew - from Yoda, of course - that Sarah liked Tommy. And he used Yoda to convince Tommy to go to the dance. They all had fun, and even danced 'The Twist' at the party - also suggested by Yoda.
I thought it was a sweet 'coming of age' kind of story. I thought that it was a very original, even though certain things within the story are universal. It's something that kid's can relate to - as well as adults who have been there! It was fun, light-hearted, and sweet. I am even tempted myself to pick up the rest of this author's works! Perfect for children in middle school! As well as people who are just young at heart!
I have shared this series with my son. (My daughter prefers to closet herself away and enjoy them by herself.) We read them together and laugh. And we discuss what's going on and how we feel about how the different characters choose to act.
In this book, we're introduced to Tommy and Dwight and the rest of the gang. And the best way to describe the essence of the book, without giving any spoilers, is to say that Dwight doesn't talk much unless he's got origami Yoda on his finger. And when he does that, he isn't really talking as Dwight so much, as the venerable Jedi. Or so it seems.
Yoda's cryptic wisdom makes this story shear magic. My boy and I HIGHLY recommend the series. It's one of my favorites.
Just a side note: He had never seen the Star Wars movies before reading this book. After reading it twice, we got the DVD's of Star Wars so he could even more fully appreciate the characters. But, you don't have to have knowledge of the movies to enjoy this book (or the others in the series).
The funny party when Origami Yoda talks. (my 8 year old reviewed this books)
The pictures are pretty funny. Some of the characters names are hilarious and than Dwight digs holes and hides in them and covers them. Again funny.
(Mommy turn this book is found on most AR book list.)
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