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Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Origami Yoda #1) Paperback – March 10, 2015
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Grade 3–6—For Tommy, the only question is whether or not Origami Yoda is real. Of course he's real as a small puppet on Dwight's finger. But does the oracle possess magic power? In order to find out, he decides to compile scientific evidence from the experiences of those who asked Origami Yoda for help. His friend Harvey is invited to comment on each story because he thinks Yoda is nothing but a "green paper wad." Tommy also comments because he's supposedly trying to solve the puzzle. In actuality, the story is about boys and girls in sixth grade trying to figure out how being social works. In fact, Tommy says, "…it's about this really cool girl, Sara, and whether or not I should risk making a fool of myself for her." The situations that Yoda has a hand in are pretty authentic, and the setting is broad enough to be any school. The plot is age-old but with the twist of being presented on crumpled pages with cartoon sketches, supposed hand printing, and varying typefaces. Kids should love it.—Sheila Fiscus, Our Lady of Peace School, Erie, PA
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Tommy and his friends think that Dwight is a weirdo who’s “always talking about robots or spiders or something.” In true Dwight fashion, he shows up at school one day brandishing a little origami Yoda finger puppet. The really weird thing is that it doles out very un-Dwight-like bits of wisdom, and the mystery is whether the Yoda is just Dwight talking in a funny voice or if it actually has mystical powers. The book is structured as a collection of stories gathered by Tommy and told by kids who either believe or don’t. See, Tommy has a more vested interest than just idle curiosity—he is dying to know if he can trust Yoda’s advice about asking the cute girl to dance with him at the PTA Fun Night. Origami Yoda—a sort of talking cootie catcher—is the kind of thing that can dominate all those free moments in school for a few weeks. Angleberger’s rendering of such a middle-grade cultural obsession is not only spot-on but also reveals a few resonant surprises hidden in the folds. Naturally, Yoda-making instructions are included. Grades 4-6. --Ian Chipman
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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.
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.)
Our narrator is honest, insightful and decent. His world seems real. His concerns and problems feel true. His voice feels fresh and engaging. I just can't see how a reader in that sixth grade range wouldn't be interested in how this book plays out.
So, well worth a try.
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The greatest thing is that the problemos in the book are soooo funny!