The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
by Tom Angleberger
But there is origami: an Origami Yoda in the form of a finger puppet. Class misfit Dwight has always been quirky so no one was surprised when he showed up to school with an Origami Yoda on his finger. What was surprising was that Origami Yoda (speaking through Dwight) could predict the future and give advice that was actually useful. Soon all the six graders were lining up to hear Origami Yoda’s words of wisdom.
The book is written in first person with each chapter written by a different 6th grader who has received advice from Origami Yoda. Tommy collects these stories and analyzes them to determine if Origami Yoda is a Joke or a Jedi.
This book is perfect for kids 8 through 12; fun, easy to read, and filled with problem which are quickly resolved. About 150 pages long: the pages look like they have been crumpled and smoothed out again. Caricatures and cartoons are scribbled along the margins to give you a “journal” feel.
Best of all, the book includes instructions to make your own Origami Yoda finger puppet (shown below from left to right: easy Yoda, intermediate Yoda, and Yoda from the book: instructions listed below).
Well, is Origami Yoda for real? I won’t ruin it for you, but I will tell you this: this book is not really about origami, nor is it about Star Wars. It’s about:
– bringing people together and having a good time, and
– looking inside yourself and making the right choices.
I suppose it is about Origami and Star Wars because the first brings people together to have fun and the second is about doing the right thing.