Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda caught my attention for obvious reasons: 1. It mentioned Yoda 2. It had to do with Origami which I find fascinating and 3. the obvious reason, You can never go wrong with a Star Wars themed book, or at least one that mentions it.
Tommy and his friends are trying to decide if Origami Yoda is real or fake. Does Origami Yoda really know all the answers to his questions or his the school dork, Dwight just messing with them? Tommy compiles a case file on Origami Yoda asking students from his school to tell their stories of their encounters with Origami Yoda and if he helped them out or not. The majority of people say yes, Yoda helped them. But as with all middle schools, there is a doubter, Harvey. He hates Dwight and think Origami Yoda is a joke. Harvey decides to make his own Origami Yoda after Dwight loses it at lunch and throws away his Yoda. The last case file is about Tommy. Tommy likes Sara and wants to know if Sara likes him. It's the duel of the Yoda's as Dwight remade one the night before and Harvey has his with him too. So the task, Ask Sara to dance at Friday's Fun Night- if she say yes, Dwight wins; if she says no, Harvey wins. Well, Tommy is tired of Harvey and his negativity so he does it (after a lot of thinking and hesitation). Turns out, Sara likes him too and they 'twist' the night away.
This is a great book for middle school students 6-8 grade (Tommy and his friends are 6th graders). It's a quick read and part of a series! The next book is titled, Darth Paper Strikes Back.
It's cute, funny and shows the thoughts of 6th grade boys. I found it entertaining and loved the story line. The author also includes some cute little drawings throughout showing what people and Yoda look like. It's very reminiscent of Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. There are also Origami Yoda instructions at the end (which I tried and failed- very hard since they are drawn out like a 6th grader drew them).

4.5 out of 5 stars! Origami Yoda instructions should not be drawn out the way they are; too hard to determine what you're supposed to do.