Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Review: The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

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.

Received from the publisher for review.

This one gets four stars. It was cute, fun, light, and a nice story with a warm fuzzy feeling. The “casebook” format, with crumpled paper effects on the pages and drawings in the margins, was incredibly cute. Some of the wording did feel a bit dated (think 80s), but it wasn't overly distracting. Obviously, this would be even better if you are a Star Wars fan. The instructions at the end on how to fold your own origami Yoda at the end of the book were just the perfect addition. This is definitely highly recommended!

★★★★ = Really Liked It


CinciMom11 said...

This sounds cute! If I didn't have a little boy, I might not be interested. When I clicked on this, I thought it was going to be a really crazy origami book! I'm glad you liked this one.

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