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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (2010)

by Tom Angleberger

Other authors: Jason L. Rosenstock (Illustrator)

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Series: Origami Yoda (1)

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Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.
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I would definitely put this at lower middle grade, 8-9 year olds.

When Dwight (the weird kid) makes an origami Yoda that somehow seems to predict the future and give advice, sixth-grade Tommy wants to know if Origami Yoda is for real. So, he begins an investigation. He asks everyone who’s been “helped” by this Yoda to tell him their story, which he writes down into a collection, and then he, and his cynical pal, Harvey, comment on each story. What Tommy really wants to know is… can he believe Origami Yoda’s advice to him? Should he ask Sara to dance?

What I liked: super cute story idea. Each chapter is a different kid telling their story, and you get to know the main characters through each story. The drawings are cute and not too many, so they don’t detract. The theme of friendship and acceptance is a plus. I also loved that there were directions for how to make my own origami Yoda at the end.

What I didn’t like: the ending was incredibly rushed. There were many characters that we were introduced to through the stories, and then everything just gets resolved in like 6 pages at the end.

Still, pretty cute read.

4 out of 5 stars ( )
  AlbaArango | Oct 6, 2021 |
Children's fiction; lite reading (a la "wimpy kid"). This is the story of a sixth grade boy, a sixth grade girl, a classmate with a very strange sense of humor, and a cleverly constructed origami yoda that appears to know the future. Chapters are short, funny, and should prove a hit with fans of the wimpy kid and dork diaries. The cover is enough to pull kids in (one 5th grader on a field trip couldn't wait to show me the "awesome!" book he'd just found) and the humor inside will keep them hooked. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Structured as a case file compiled by middle school student Tommy, The Strange Case of Origami Yoga sets out to determine whether weird fellow student Dwight's origami finger puppet Yoda is truly wise, or a total hoax. It's important for Tommy to know, because he has an important question for Yoda and needs to know if he can trust his advice: does Sara like Tommy? Should he ask her to dance at Fun Night?

Filled with humor, commentary, and doodles, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda is a unique take on the middle school experience, where reality is changing and blurring and everyone is navigating new territory.

Back matter includes folding instructions for making your own Origami Yoda.

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And when one kid does something stupid, there's got to be somebody to make a huge production out of it.
And of course, that kid is Harvey. (90) ( )
  JennyArch | Mar 4, 2021 |
Very fun book -- 5th grade book club read. Fresh look at Middle school dynamics with memorable characters, particulary Dwight who is a misfit of the highest order -- all of his own volition. He creates an origmai Yoda figure, voices it, and provides cryptic advice to classmates about situations they are dealing with. The book is a collection of various students either validating the strange "power" of origami Yoda or trying to refute it. The students are refreshingly "innocent" in that the worst language is "butt" or "idiot" etc., and many problems center on who "likes" whom, with pairing up, but only to dance or hold hands. This might not ring true for older readers, but was a good fit for those not yet in the throes of puberty. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
2011 (my review can be found at the LibraryThing post linked)
http://www.librarything.com/topic/120136#3046186 ( )
  dchaikin | Sep 26, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Tom Anglebergerprimary authorall editionscalculated
Rosenstock, Jason L.Illustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Arnst, MelissaDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Artajo, MaximilianSprechersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beckerman, Chad W.Cover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gibson, JuliaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Häcke, MaximilianeSprechersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kämmer, LucaSprechersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kirschner, FinnSprechersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mölleken, NinaSprechersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mölleken, PatrickSprechersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McMahon, CollinÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meid, MoritzSprechersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parry, CharlotteNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ponti, BarbaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ross, Jonathan ToddNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schepmann, HannahSprechersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schepmann, JuliaSprechersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This book is dedicated to my parents, Wayne and Mary Ann, and my grandmother Arlene, who bought me my first Yoda action figure even though she thought he was ugly.
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