The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Origami Yoda Series #1)

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Origami Yoda Series #1)

by Tom Angleberger

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Overview

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, Tommy assembles this first case file in the blockbuster bestselling Origami Yoda series, written by Tom Angleberger, author of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side, and hailed by School Library Journal as “honest, funny, and immensely entertaining.”


F&P Level: T
F&P Genre: RF

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810984257
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Series: Origami Yoda Series , #1
Pages: 141
Sales rank: 439,342
Product dimensions: 5.64(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Applying for a job as a newspaper artist, Tom Angleberger was mistakenly assigned to cover local government meetings. Fifteen years and countless town council meetings later, he is still writing instead of drawing, currently as a columnist for the Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Virginia. He began work on his first book while in middle school. Tom is married to author-illustrator Cece Bell. They live in Christianburg, Virginia.

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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 120 reviews.
mochareader More than 1 year ago
Do you like Star Wars? Is one of your favorite characters from the series Yoda? Have you ever wondered does "the force" really exist? If you answered yes to any of these questions then strap yourself in and get ready to go to a galaxy far, far away? Well, actually not that far away and I guess it's not really another galaxy either. I guess I got a little carried away with all the Star Wars stuff. Anywho, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger is a quick read that will have you laughing out loud as you enjoy this tale of a middle school boy named Tommy who is trying to figure out if an origami puppet is really able to give sound advice. At the end of the book, there is even a diagram that shows how to create your own origami Yoda puppet. So grab your lightsaber (it will help you if you decide to read in the dark) and let the force be with you, young Jedi. Happy Reading!
writing_teacher More than 1 year ago
This is a very cute, entertaining story. I think Mr. Angleberger has been spying on my middle school students because he totally "gets" the middle school mentality! The book is pure fun. Students that enjoy the Diary of the Wimpy Kid will most likely love this as well since it is done in the same light-hearted style.
Marcie77 More than 1 year ago
While walking through the bookstore my son spotted this book. He picked it up and started to read it immediately. Needless to say we left the bookstore with The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. My son was so entranced with this book he wanted to read it whenever he could. For some kids this is the norm. For my son, it's not. He is a reluctant reader. I'm forever on the hunt for books that I think he would like. This book was a success. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda is about a boy, Dwight who makes himself an Origami Yoda. Dwight brings his paper masterpiece to school and places it on his finger and starts talking in a strange voice. Well technically it's Dwight but the strange voice is Yoda's. Yoda starts to distribute advice to fellow students. When some of the advice Yoda dishes out works, more of his classmates seek out his help. This book is in the form of case files compiled by two of Dwight's classmates. Tommy thinks there is a distinct possibility that Origami Yoda can be real while Harvey believes it's all a bunch of hooey. The case files they put together are the stories and testimonies of Dwight's classmates. As I mentioned my son loves this book. I borrowed this book after he was finished reading so I could see for myself what was so great about this book. This book is funny. At times laugh out loud funny. Tom Angleberger definitely has a sense of humor and it shows through out this book. It also goes a bit deeper then humor. Dwight is an odd kid. He steps to the beat of his own drum. For that reason he gets picked on. Dwight gives some of the mean kids a taste of their own medicine by getting them back. Not necessarily by picking a fight but by using his head. This book encompasses themes such as being yourself, believing in magic, and peer pressure. I really enjoyed this book. If you know or have a reluctant reader you might want to give this book a try. It's a fun read. Also in the back Tom Angleberger includes instructions on how to make your own Origami Yoda. My son and I both tried it. I can honestly say, origami is not my thing. However I did have fun trying to make my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a 10 yr old who LOVES star wars and this is a HILARIOUS BOOK!! A combanation of star wars and Diary of a wimpy kid, This is a great book. Plus,it gives you info on how to make your OWN! COOL!
Harnedfamily More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books ever! Tommy has a file of confrontations with Origami Yoda. He has to prove it is real. Please read. It is a good, rapid, intelligent, witty, and hard-to-put-down awesomeness. Best book ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It has suspense and humor in the right places. It is a quick read, but good none the less.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
IF I COULD PICK MY FAVORIE BOOKS EVER IT HAS TO BE big nate dairy of a wimpy kid and the strange case of origami yoda. if you like humor ond a funny time this book is for you. its top FUNNY AND YOU WONT EVER BE SICK READING!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny it was ! yoda this is from
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg!!!!!!!!!! Luv this book My third forth grade teacher read it to us............ in fourth grade I would totalky read it again even though im in 7th grade now. This book is for girls too ya no Even if u dont like starwars (meeeeeeeeeeeeee) Looooooooooooooove it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really funny book that you cant put down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book rocks! I love Origami Yoda!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a awsome book and who ever likes Star Wars should read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWESOME
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Da. Best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome. Best book I have read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book convinced me to like star wars. Thank you tom.l
ratdog More than 1 year ago
Age range 8-12?  I disagree. I am 45 and love all the books in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE IT!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though im not a star wars fan the book is so awesome! The chapters are short and you can get the pictures in your head really easily. It has nothing to do with star wars except yoda. It first i thought it was gonna be all nerdy cuz thats what i think of star wars but it turns out to be an amazing book! Five stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son loved this book. We have since purchased the 2 sequels. Very clever plot. Love Origami Yoda.
2wonderY on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A must read for the hardcore Star Wars fan. Put it next to the cookbook Wookiee Cookies. Plenty of geeky references.Also, someone recomended it for reluctant male readers - and they were right! My grandson read it straight through.
a.libraryann on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books this year is The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. It is about a group of students just starting middle school. They are trying to fit in amd make new friends. Dwight is doing well in his classes, but stands out as an oddball. The other students are curious, though, when Dwight makes an origami Yoda, wears it on his finger, and starts giving advice in the strange voice of Yoda. Can Origami Yoda really predict the future? Will his advice about tricky situations (like how to talk to girls) really work? Is he tapping into the Force, or is Dwight much smarter than anyone suspects? Read this fun book and decide for yourself!
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A cute, quick read written as a series of case files as Tommy tries to figure out if the Origami Yoda finger puppet that Dwight wears gives real advice or is just a scam. Each chapter has different students from the school recounting incidents regarding origami yoda and then ends with reaction from Harvey and Tommy. The design of the book looks like it was written on rumpled paper and drawings from another friend, Kellan, pepper the text. There are directions on creating an origami yoda in the back of the book - mine didn't turn out so well.