One of my summer goals is to read more books that appeal to boy readers. In my quest to accomplish this, I read The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Angleberger. I read both of these books along with a boy I am tutoring that is entering fifth grade in the fall. We both agreed these books are entertaining and humorous stories that could really happen! The characters learn a lot about themselves, friendship, and accepting differences.
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda is a novel, written in a semi-journal format, about a unique boy who makes an origami Yoda finger puppet. Tommy narrates the opening and closing of the book. He also gives a running commentary, at the end of each chapter, along with Harvey, an Origami Yoda naysayer. Each chapter of the book is written from the perspective of a different character. All of the characters attend the same middle school and deal with typical middle school problems. Some characters find Origami Yoda to be Jedi-wise, while other characters find him to be completely annoying. The best part about Origami Yoda, in my opinion, is he is a finger puppet being controlled by Dwight, an outcast amongst his peers. Would you listen to Origami Yoda’s advice? Do you think Origami Yoda is real or a finger puppet?
The sequel to The Strange Case of Origami Yoda is Darth Paper Strikes Back. This book follows the story of Origami Yoda, Dwight, Tommy and Harvey along with other students at McQuarrie Middle School. In a similar twist to the darkness of Darth Vader, Darth Paper becomes a rival to Dwight and his Origami Yoda. Harvey’s Darth Paper is a bully. He says mean things and helps in getting Dwight and Origami Yoda in a great deal of trouble. Will the students at McQuarrie be able to help save Dwight and Origami Yoda? Who’s side would you be on: Dwight and Origami Yoda OR Harvey and Darth Paper? I guess you will have to read to find out…
If you are curious about origami, making an Origami Yoda or Darth Paper is a great place to start! Tom Angleberger narrates an excellent video on just how to make your own Origami Yoda
and Darth Paper.
Coming soon, book #3! August 7, 2012 The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee!
Do you have a favorite author or book you like to recommend to boy readers? Please share! I am always looking to add to my “someday” book list!
For more details, visit Tom Angleberger’s website. I am looking forward to reading more of his books!
I encourage reader’s to check-out Tom Angleberger books from their school or local library.
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