Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tween Tuesday - The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
by Tom Angleberger

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.
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This was a cute book. I loved how it was set up as a "case file" by Tommy and the other boys. Their individual stories about the Origami Yoda and its advice were all fun, and together they did compile a very interesting story about Dwight himself!

I loved that Dwight and the Origami Yoda were able to help his classmates, though they didn't always understand what the help was right away. It made for an entertaining moment in each story when the reading got an idea of what would happen before the kids did.

The differing fonts, cartoons in the side margins, and the instructions for making your own Origami Yoda in the back make this a great book to give to someone that loves the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series or "Dear Dumb Diary." It's a fast and fun read for both boy and girl tweens!


  1. I read this one earlier this summer and really liked it! I too really liked the case file aspect and thought that made it unique. I think both guys and girls will like it equally-such a great tween book!:)

  2. This one sounds great! I mean I am hooked just seeing "Yoda" like that.