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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Contributor(s): Angleberger, Tom

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ISBN: 0810984253     ISBN-13: 9780810984257
Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2010

Annotation: 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.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Yoda (Fictitious character : Lucas); Juvenile fiction.
Finger puppets; Juvenile fiction.
Origami; Juvenile fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2009039748
Lexile Measure: 760
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Origami Yoda
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 5.50" W x 0.75" (0.60 lbs) 141 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 136271
Reading Level: 4.7   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 3.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q50239
Reading Level: 4.6   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 6.0
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Contributor Bio(s): IV>
Applying for a job as a newspaper artist, Tom Angleberger was mistakenly assigned to cover local government meetings. Fifteen years and countless town council meetings later, he is still writing instead of drawing, currently as a columnist for the Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Virginia. He began work on his first book while in middle school. Tom is married to author-illustrator Cece Bell. They live in Christianburg, Virginia.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall)
Uncertain whether or not classmate Dwight's advice-dispensing finger puppet is real, sixth grader Tommy gathers first-hand accounts of how Origami Yoda helped other kids. It's doubtful that oddball Dwight could be behind so many social triumphs, but Tommy builds an amusing case, accompanied by doodle-like illustrations, for Origami Yoda's wisdom and lets readers decide for themselves. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 March #3)

"Is Origami Yoda real?" is the question that plagues sixth-grader Tommy and drives the plot of this snappy debut. From one perspective, Origami Yoda is a finger puppet that offers cryptic but oddly sage advice to Tommy and his classmates. From another, he is simply the "green paperwad" animated by Tommy's misfit friend, Dwight, who "wear[s] shorts with his socks pulled up above his knees" and stares into space "like a hypnotized chicken." Compiling a series of funny, first-person accounts of Yoda's wisdom from his friends, Tommy hopes to solve this mystery to determine whether to trust Yoda's advice about asking a certain girl to dance. Angleberger peppers his chapters with spot-on boy banter, humorously crude Captain Underpants–style drawings, and wisecrack asides that comically address the social land mines of middle school. Tommy confronts the ethical dilemma of standing up for the weird kid and the angst of school dances: "My hands were shaking and my stomach was excited like the time my dad accidentally drove into a fire hydrant." But with enigmatic counsel like "Cheetos for everyone you must buy," Yoda keeps the mystery alive. Ages 8–12. (Apr.)

[Page 53]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 May)

Gr 3–6—For Tommy, the only question is whether or not Origami Yoda is real. Of course he's real as a small puppet on Dwight's finger. But does the oracle possess magic power? In order to find out, he decides to compile scientific evidence from the experiences of those who asked Origami Yoda for help. His friend Harvey is invited to comment on each story because he thinks Yoda is nothing but a "green paper wad." Tommy also comments because he's supposedly trying to solve the puzzle. In actuality, the story is about boys and girls in sixth grade trying to figure out how being social works. In fact, Tommy says, "…it's about this really cool girl, Sara, and whether or not I should risk making a fool of myself for her." The situations that Yoda has a hand in are pretty authentic, and the setting is broad enough to be any school. The plot is age-old but with the twist of being presented on crumpled pages with cartoon sketches, supposed hand printing, and varying typefaces. Kids should love it.—Sheila Fiscus, Our Lady of Peace School, Erie, PA

[Page 105]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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