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  • Published: New York : Amulet Books, 2010.
  • Year Published: 2010
  • Description: 141 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 760

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 9780810984257
  • 0810984253



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The strange case of Origami Yoda

by Angleberger, Tom.

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Call number: Y Fiction / Angleberger, Tom

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Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.

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This book turned out different than I thought it was.I thought that it would have to do with a bunch of star wars stuff but it doesn't at all. I liked it this way.


This book is amazingly funny. You must read it!!

Fun & Funny

Dwight is a weird kid, but his finger puppet Origami Yoda has been giving great advice to his classmates. Tommy wants Yoda's opinion about a girl he likes, and has compiled a case of all the questions Origami Yoda has answered to try to figure out if the advice really comes from the puppet and not strange Dwight.

Angleberger genuinely captures the tone of a concerned and inquisitive sixth grader. Short chapters/case reports will capture even those with short attention spans, and jokes in the text and funny doodle illustrations in the margins make for a laugh a page. Pages are printed to look distressed and dogeared, which lend to the feeling that the entire tome is put together and studied by a middle schooler. Readers will relate to the problems that students share with Origami Yoda, and may even benefit from the paper puppet's advice.

Mid-to-late elementary students will be best suited for this clever book, but even middle schoolers will not be able to resist the pull of Origami Yoda.

If You Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid...

Sixth-grader Tommy needs to know if he can trust Origami Yoda, a finger puppet wielded by class weird kid Dwight, so he compiles a case file of stories detailing how Origami Yoda’s advice helped or failed to help his fellow classmates. Each chapter is told as a first-person account from one of Tommy’s classmates and includes marginal commentary by Tommy and his more skeptical friend Harvey plus doodled illustration from his friend Kellen. Various fonts are used for each character’s handwriting while crinkled-paper backgrounds and varied formats, including interviews and top-ten lists, create a true case file effect. Young readers will find much to relate to in this humorous novel, from the anxiety of middle-school dances to the embarrassment of slopping water on the front of one’s pants to the moral dilemma of how to treat the class weird kid. Readers who have enjoyed the Wimpy Kid series may wish to check out this title. Includes directions for folding your own Origami Yoda.

Super funny!

This book is awesome! It's really funny and exciting!

Awesome Book

I like this book a lot. You should read it. Have not read the sequel yet.

It is so funny

It is so funny I fell off my bed!

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