In this funny, uncannily wise portrait of the dynamics of a sixth-grade class and of the greatness that sometimes comes in unlikely packages, Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren't strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient. Origami Yoda predicts the date of a pop quiz, guesses who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust, and saves a classmate from popularity-crushing embarrassment with some well-timed advice. Dwight's classmate Tommy wonders how Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. With contributions from his puzzled classmates, he assembles the case file that forms this novel.
Is Origami Yoda real? is the question that plagues sixth-grader Tommy and drives the plot of this snappy debut. From one perspective, Origami Yoda is a finger puppet that offers cryptic but oddly sage advice to Tommy and his classmates. From another, he is simply the green paperwad animated by Tommy's misfit friend, Dwight, who wear shorts with his socks pulled up above his knees and stares into space like a hypnotized chicken. Compiling a series of funny, first-person accounts of Yoda's wisdom from his friends, Tommy hopes to solve this mystery to determine whether to trust Yoda's advice about asking a certain girl to dance. Angleberger peppers his chapters with spot-on boy banter, humorously crude Captain Underpants style drawings, and wisecrack asides that comically address the social land mines of middle school. Tommy confronts the ethical dilemma of standing up for the weird kid and the angst of school dances: My hands were shaking and my stomach was excited like the time my dad accidentally drove into a fire hydrant. But with enigmatic counsel like Cheetos for everyone you must buy, Yoda keeps the mystery alive. Ages 8 12.
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Wow, just wow, a great book. it’s funny and cool and just everything good. I really like the case files and how Origami Yoda was so smart while Tommy was just confused.
This is a great book! Five stars! Wow!
The strange case of Origami Yoda
Again, best ding-dang thing (book) ever!