The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

77%

17 Critic Reviews

Mr. Angleberger's goofy entertainment is exactly calibrated to delight that cohort of boys who are old enough to notice girls but not quite brave enough yet to, you know, really talk to them. Origami Yoda offers counsel on that front as well.
-WSJ online

Synopsis

Not so long ago, in a middle school not so far away, a sixth grader named Dwight folded an origami finger puppet of Yoda. For class oddball Dwight, this wasn't weird. It was typical Dwight behavior. But what is weird is that Origami Yoda is uncannily wise and prescient. He can predict the date of a pop quiz, guess who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust, and save 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, Tommy assembles this first case file in the blockbuster bestselling Origami Yoda series, hailed by School Library Journal as "honest, funny, and immensely entertaining."
 

About Tom Angleberger

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Tom Angleberger is the bestselling author of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, which won the 2010 E. B. White Read Aloud Award for middle readers, Darth Paper Strikes Back, and Horton Halfpott, which Kirkus dubbed "a romp from start to finish." He lives in Christiansburg, Virginia, with his wife, author and illustrator Cece Bell.
 
Published August 7, 2012 by Amulet Books. 160 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Fiction
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All: 17 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
on Nov 30 2010

The stories are presented in a different typeface from Harvey’s comments and Tommy’s, and the whole is designed to look like a battered journal, crinkled paper and all. A skewed amalgam of Wayside Stories and Wimpy Kid that is sure to please fans of both.

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Kirkus

Good
on Nov 30 2010

The stories are presented in a different typeface from Harvey’s comments and Tommy’s, and the whole is designed to look like a battered journal, crinkled paper and all. A skewed amalgam of Wayside Stories and Wimpy Kid that is sure to please fans of both.

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WSJ online

Good
Reviewed by Meghan Cox Gurdon on Apr 10 2010

Mr. Angleberger's goofy entertainment is exactly calibrated to delight that cohort of boys who are old enough to notice girls but not quite brave enough yet to, you know, really talk to them. Origami Yoda offers counsel on that front as well.

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BlogHer

Good
Reviewed by IrishMum on Apr 24 2014

...a light-hearted and very funny series about a less than cool kid named Dwight. Awkward Dwight has a finger puppet, Origami Yoda, who dispenses words of wisdom to other troubled school kids. Read this book, you must...

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The Daily Fig

Good
Reviewed by Kelly Lynn Thomas on Oct 07 2010

Each story does an excellent job of telling us about its main character, reminding us that being a kid isn’t all sunshine and roses, and advancing the primary narrative, all without bogging down the story or going off on tangents...

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Good
Reviewed by Elizabeth Kennedy on Jan 01 2016

Much of the fun of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda lies in the appearance and format of the book and the differing perspectives on the worth of Origami Yoda's answers.

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Story Snoops

Good
Reviewed by Eden on Jan 01 2016

This is a quirky, fun read that has a hefty dose of Star Wars references, a similar look to the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, and a smidge of Captain Underpants humor thrown in. All told, it will appeal to young readers, particularly boys...

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Good
Reviewed by Elizabeth Bird on May 17 2012

Thanks in part to its brilliant cover, in part to its post-Wimpy Kid era interiors, and the fact that Angleberger knows how to put pen to paper, the book has been popular ever since.

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http://blogs.slj.com

Above average
Reviewed by Elizabeth Bird on Jun 16 2010

Boys will like it, girls will like it, adults will like it, even educated fleas will like it. For a fun middle grade that dares to rise a little higher than the usual crop, place your bets on The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. Or, in the words of the great warrior himself, “Enjoy book, you soon will.”

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Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf

Above average
Reviewed by Lauren on Sep 25 2010

In all, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda is the prefect, fast paced read for any tween boy you know out there.

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GreenBeanTeenQueen

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Apr 01 2010

If you work with tweens, be sure to include The Strange Case of Origami Yoda on your bookshelf-and don't be surprised if Origami Yoda's start showing up and giving advice!

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http://dolcebellezza.net

Above average
Reviewed by Bellezza on Jan 28 2013

It is too funny for words. Plus, what if Origami Yoda is real? At the end of the book, after reading many accounts of Origami Yoda giving sage advice, the reader must decide.

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Children's Atheneum

Above average
Reviewed by Venus on May 28 2010

For those looking for a light quick read, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda will fill that notch, but if you are looking for something of substance with pictures I suggest The Graveyard Book.

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Reading Rumpus

Good
Reviewed by Cheryl Vanatti on Feb 14 2011

It's filled with humor, great characters, a unique plot and the occasional glimpse of the force at work. Read it, you must."

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100 Scope Notes

Good
Reviewed by TRAVIS JONKER on Mar 22 2010

The interest level is high, the humor is frequent, and the situations authentic. A winner, appears to be, it does.

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https://talesuntangled.wordpress.com

Good
on Jul 11 2012

Yoda gives great advice for the best solution, but not always the desired solution. I would have to agree with Tommy that the advice is better than Dwight would be able to give. Perhaps Origami Yoda really does have the force! I am going to have to read the sequel.

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Pink Me

Good
on Dec 23 2010

The printed edition of this book has kidlike doodles and a crumpled-page background graphic, but I don't think the audio edition suffers without those things. One of the things I like best about the book is that the "Strange Case" is never resolved - the reader is left to decide...

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