Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger {Delightfully Bookwormish}

School Library Journal's Top 100 Children's Novels #87

Origami Yoda #1 
Genre: Children's Realistic Fiction  (Ages 8 and Up)

The Recipe: (from Goodreads) Meet Dwight, a sixth-grade oddball. Dwight does a lot of weird things, like wearing the same T-shirt for a month or telling people to call him "Captain Dwight." This is embarrassing, particularly for Tommy, who sits with him at lunch every day.

But Dwight does one cool thing. He makes origami. One day he makes an origami finger puppet of Yoda. And that's when things get mysterious. Origami Yoda can predict the future and suggest the best way to deal with a tricky situation. His advice actually works, and soon most of the sixth grade is lining up with questions.

Tommy wants to know how Origami Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. Is Yoda tapping into the Force? It's crucial that Tommy figure out the mystery before he takes Yoda's advice about something VERY IMPORTANT that has to do with a girl.

This is Tommy's case file of his investigation into "The Strange Case of Origami Yoda."

The Frosting and Sprinkles: You don't have to be a fan of The Star Wars franchise to enjoy this book. Full of wit and middle school sarcasm, this book is ultimately about middle school boys and girls and their silly "relationship" antics. 

The book is presented as a "case study" and each chapter is written from a different character's point of view (with some repeats), complete with doodles and snarky commentary notes from Tommy's best friend.

The characters are great, awkward middle schoolers-each character is someone you know. Everyone has a Dwight in their life in Middle School life.

Though the story is light and fun, Angleberger makes it interesting. I really cares what was happening to these kids. I love how the silly middle school boys prove to have hearts below their attitudes of insecure sarcasm.

This book is enjoyable and will make you laugh. It's a great story about friendship and accepting others.

The Hair That Fell Into the Batter: It reminded me why I found Middle School stressful. :-)

My Rating:

 4 Out of 5 Cupcakes
(I really liked it)


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