Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

Middle Grade Author Shannon Whitney Messenger began Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays a while back. If you love middle grade literature, check out her blog for a list of other sites featuring MG books.

Today I will talk about The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger.

From Goodreads: 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.

From Vicki: This was one of the cutest and most unusal reads in a long while. The case file concept really worked, thanks to Tommy’s commentary at the bottom of each classmate’s story, one friend’s cynical comments, and another friend’s doodles. At heart is an age-old question, Does So-and-so really like me? Tommy isn’t willing to let Origami Yoda answer that question without understanding where OY’s wisdom comes from and if he’s for real.

So this book had heart and lots of laugh-out-loud-funny moments. A-Read loved it, too, even though he could care less about whether this boy likes that girl, and all that. He loved the humor. And the finger puppet. And of course, he and his younger brother, with help from RocketMan, made their own Origami Yoda finger puppets when he finished the book (directions included at the end of the book).

The sequel, Darth Paper Strikes Back, sounds like it will be more of the same. It is out now, so I’ll have to get that for A-Read ASAP!

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7 responses to “Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

  1. I keep seeing both of these in Barnes & Noble. They look adorable, but I’m not sure if my five-year-old would love them. She thought Star Tours at Disneyland was awesome though, so maybe.

    Thanks for the review!

  2. Ouuuh!!! You know what? This book is SO POPULAR with the MMGM peeps. So popular!!!
    I’m glad you enjoyed it too. I’m working my way through my tbr list to get to it.

  3. Catherine Johnson

    What an original concept. I’m definitely going to check that one out of the library. Thanks Vicki!

  4. Very creative. Love the idea.

  5. I’ll keep an eye out for this one. It sounds so unexpected!

  6. I never heard of this book. Thanks for the review. I’m going to add it to my wish list now!

  7. These books are a MAJOR hit in my 5th grade classroom right now. I’m going to have to buy another copy of each to meet the demand.

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