From Amulet Books, the same publisher that brought you Diary of a Wimpy Kid, comes the hilarious tales of a sixth grade class and their unlikely psychic, Origami Yoda.  Dwight is the class loser.  He’s so socially clueless that he thinks it’s a great idea to start talking to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda.  Even Dwight’s friend, Tommy, recognizes that this is just a really dumb idea, but then Origami Yoda starts to give a few of the sixth graders some pretty good advice.  He saves a very skeptical classmate from what could have been a popularity-ending bathroom incident, predicts a pop-quiz, and teaches Tommy that not all embarrassments dictate social doom. Some humiliations may even help you achieve greatness.

With two young sons at home, it’s pretty obvious why The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger caught my attention.  At least fifty percent of my 7-year-old son’s conversations reference Star Wars.  But there was another reason I picked this book up.  Being the book geek that I am, I immediately recognized that this book came from the same publisher as Wimpy Kid.  The packaging and design of the book are so similar, as are the humor and tone.  I really love the Wimpy Kid series, and I thought that there is no way Angleberger’s book could be as good, but I can emphatically say that I was wrong.  I loved this book.  As a 37-year-old woman, I was laug hing so hard at points that I was tearing up.  This book made me realize that my children are right: potty humor is hilarious, school is hard, and that it’s up to you whether you let a social embarrassment make or break you.  Dwight uses ancient paper art and his fascination with a cultural phenomenon to remake himself as a “geek god”, and in the process raises the social esteem of a few friends.  I hope this isn’t the last we’ll see of Dwight and his Origami Yoda.  I’m sure his uncanny skills could be put to good use in seventh grade.
AKH – Bookami

9 Responses
  1. “I’m sure his uncanny skills could be put to good use in seventh grade.”

    I’m sure of it, too! :)

    -Tom

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  6. Gwen says:

    Thank you for finding me on BlogFrog. I had to come take a look at your blog being a fellow cook and a pepper mill fanatic! I have been looking at the “Origami Yoda” book and thought my son would love it but wasn’t sure if he was beyond it (he’s 12). Sounds like we do need to pick it up. Might be a good break from the Pendragon series and the Tom Clancy he is now reading!

    Gwen
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  7. Thanks for the great suggestion!! I too love Star Wars and have found myself to be deeply rooted in geek. My daughter just finished the Wimpy Kid series and this may just be the thing to guide her to next;)

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