Origami Yoda - Is he the force or a farce?


Dwight is a 6th grader who is considered "strange" and "a loser." He makes an Origami Yoda finger puppet and used it to give advice to his classmates ... complete with a really bad voice imitation of Yoda, a Star Wars character. The puppet's surprisingly good counsel causes many students to believe that the Origami Yoda has a connection to the Force.

But this is Tommy's story: how can someone as clueless as Dwight be so smart? To answer the question, Tommy compiles this case file and convinces some of his classmates to write about their experience. He wants to figure out if Origami Yoda is real or just Dwight pretending to be Yoda. 

BTSYA / Teen Reader (14):
This book is surprisingly entertaining and intriguing. It has an air of mystery and humor while also touching on the best things in a friendship drama. The crumpled notebook design also adds to the playfulness. It is Wimpy Kid-esque, so if you don't like that style of book you may not enjoy this one.

I definitely recommend this as a gift for boys ages 9 to 12. As a girl, I enjoyed it but I think that the book mostly targets boys in that age range. Some adults or teenagers may enjoy it, but they need to have an open mind.

Star Wars fans: there are not a lot of Star Wars references. The Origami Yoda is as much as you are going to get. If you do not like that style then you might not enjoy this book.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Kids who love the Wimpy Kid or Big Nate style of books will feel right at home in Dwight and Tommy's 6th-grade classroom. They'll come to class drawn in by the illustrations, jokes, and mystery and leave with a new perspective on friendship.

Content Awareness Factors:


Type of Book:
This is a quirky novel that presents itself in the form of a casebook, complete with testimonies from various characters.
Educational Themes:

This is a fun, humorous mystery, but there are also some life lessons woven in on themes including judging others, assumptions, and friendship. 

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
11 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 14

Title The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

Origami Yoda, Book 1

Author Tom Angleberger
Publisher Abrams Books for Young Readers, Imprint Abrams Books © 2010
ISBN 9780810984257
Material Hard Cover
Cost $13.95
Genres Humor, School, Coming Of Age, Crafts
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