A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{January 9, 2011}   The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

Plot: Dwight is a bit weird and often annoying. The one thing he is really good at is origami paper folding. One day he folds an origami Yoda. The amazing thing is that the puppet gives really good advice, advice that Dwight could never come up with on his own. In this book, Tommy sets out to discover if Origami Yoda is the real or a fraud.

This is an amusing book that reminds me of such colloquial, illustrated novels as Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. It should appeal to a similar crowd too.

I enjoyed the book and got through it quite quickly. I wouldn’t call it laugh-out-loud funny but it is amusing and unique. And though the characters aren’t very deep, middle-school kids should be able to easily relate to them. The novel is built like a case file, examining different instances of Origami Yoda’s powers and commenting on them. At the end, I too was left wondering if Origami Yoda’s powers were real or if Dwight was much smarter than he appeared.

There are instructions for constructing your own Origami Yoda at the end of the book should you ever feel the need for his advice.

Or watch this video and learn to do it from Angleberger himself:

Challenges: None


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