Author: Tom Angleberger
Genre: MG fiction
Published: March 1st 2010
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Source: Purchased Hardback
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.
My Rating of this Book – 5 out of 5 Stars!
What I Didn’t Like:
- N/A – This book was wonderful!
What I Did Like:
- The Stories – A few different characters got to share their experiences with Origami Yoda. And all the stories really related to situations many of us have faced or are currently facing in middle school (depending on your age – it’s been over ten years since I’ve been in middle school). There was one story I could really relate to. It involved a young girl whose classmate decided to take her brand new pencils and break them all using one hand just to so off. Yeah, a similar situation happened to me, except it was a kid showing off his lock picking skills on the lock of my private journal.
- The Characters – The characters were amazing! I could literary see my old school mates as one student or another at Ralph McQuarrie Middle School. Same personalities, same kind of clicks, same fears, same hopes… They really brought the book to life, especially Tommy.
- Origami Yoda – The advice Origami Yoda gave to the students of Ralph McQuarrie Middle School was amazing. A lot times they were solutions I would have never thought of, not even now when I’m older and supposed to be wiser. LOL. And at times the advice was hilarious! He’s a mysterious little dude, that Origami Yoda.
- The True Message – There are several insightful messages in this book. Though, there is one I felt really mattered. It’s a message that everyone is meant to hear.
Also, for the occasion, I made an Origami Yoda based of the instructions in the back of the book. Though, I think mine is more of a ‘wise-guy’ than ‘wise’. LOL.