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The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Origami Yoda Series #4)
     

The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Origami Yoda Series #4)

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by Tom Angleberger
 

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  Dark times have fallen on McQuarrie Middle School. Dwight’s back—and not a moment too soon, as the gang faces the FunTime Menace: a new educational program designed to raise students’ standardized test scores. Instead, it’s driving everyone crazy with its obnoxious videos of Professor FunTime and his insidious singing calculator!

Overview

  Dark times have fallen on McQuarrie Middle School. Dwight’s back—and not a moment too soon, as the gang faces the FunTime Menace: a new educational program designed to raise students’ standardized test scores. Instead, it’s driving everyone crazy with its obnoxious videos of Professor FunTime and his insidious singing calculator! When Principal Rabbski cancels the students’ field trip—along with art, music, and LEGO classes—to make time for FunTime, the students turn to Origami Yoda for help. But some crises are too big for Origami Yoda to handle alone: Form a Rebel Alliance the students must. United, can they defeat the FunTime Menace and cope with a surprise attack from Jabba the Puppett?
With this latest episode in the explosively popular Origami Yoda series, Tom Angleberger proves once again that he “has his finger puppet squarely on the erratic pulse of middle-school life” (Washington Post). 
 
 
Praise  for The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett
"Chock-full of customarily quirky fun.”
Kirkus Reviews

"Fans of the series will relish the side drawings’ goofy humor, the new puppets to make, and the cliff-hanger promising more to come."
School Library Journal

"Angleberger delivers another clever, funny crowd-pleaser. The message isn’t bad either: uniting for the greater good and standing up for one’s beliefs. Fans of the series, or of Star Wars, will hit warp speeds to grab a copy of this one.”
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Editorial Reviews

All is not well at McQuarrie Middle School. To raise the school's standardized test results, Principal Rabbski has replaced stimulating art, music, and LEGO classes with FunTime, an insufferable series of boring videos. As always in times of trauma, the students turn to Origami Yoda for instruction, but in this case, one wise finger puppet cannot solve everything. An entertaining (and surprisingly relevant) addition to a pleasing series.

Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
It is the beginning of the spring semester at McQuarrie Middle School, and the big question is whether Dwight is coming back to the school. Dwight was suspended at the end of the previous term for using his finger puppet named Origami Yoda to get the other kids to make (surprisingly good) decisions. Unfortunately, Dwight has a habit of retreating into silence and responding "purple" whenever anyone asks him a question, placing his academic future in jeopardy. Now, Principal Rabbski is displeased with the students' standardized test scores. A television-based program called "Funtime" has been implemented with the goal of raising the test scores, and all electives and field trips have been eliminated from the curriculum. In the face of these changes, the kids band together to form a Rebel Alliance. They look to Origami Yoda to lead the way. His advice is that the average test scores must be lower after using "Funtime" than they were before using it, so the kids start recruiting enough rebels to make it work. However, Principal Rabbski gets wind of the plot and threatens to call parents. What happens then is no surprise, but it is satisfying. Middle school humor and cartoon drawings complement the solid story. It is a sure thing there will be a sequel to this book in the "Origami Yoda" series. Recommended. Reviewer: Ellen Welty
School Library Journal
11/01/2013
Gr 4–7—When Dwight returns to McQuarrie Middle School on the first day of spring semester, questions swirl. Will Origami Yoda return with him? Will he only say "Purple," as he sometimes does? But before the gang can find out, new problems arise. Principal Rabbski has enacted FunTime, annoying videos of Professor FunTime and his singing calculator, designed to raise students' standardized test scores. He cancels all extracurricular activities and the big field trip and introduces disgusting new healthy food. When the students turn to Origami Yoda for guidance, he tells them they must fail their tests on purpose to make their statement. The students form a Rebel Alliance to rally other students on their side. When Rabbski finds out about their sinister plot, she tries to foil it. As the Rebel Alliance gains momentum, new origami puppets emerge, including Jabba the Puppett. Fans of the series will relish the side drawings' goofy humor, the new puppets to make, and the cliff-hanger promising more to come. One character even brings a little math and science into the plot with his graphs showing how FunTime is actually making the students less smart. New readers of the series will probably need to go back to the prior books for complete understanding.—Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA
Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
Dark times have descended on McQuarrie Middle School, and a rebel alliance is born…. The seventh-graders of MMS have little time to celebrate Dwight and Origami Yoda's return from Tippett Academy before Principal Rabbski holds a special assembly to announce that since the school's standardized test scores were so low, new classes for all students will begin immediately. FunTime classes consist of watching videos starring Professor FunTime and his singing calculator, Gizmo--with extra worksheets! What's worse: FunTime classes take the place of electives such as art, chorus and band. The Origami Rebel Alliance hatches a plan to fail the test, sinking the school's chance of meeting state standards, unless Principal Rabbski ends FunTime and returns electives to the curriculum. But Emperor Palpatine--as the kids think of Rabbski--won't fall that easily! Tommy's case file grows in Angleberger's fourth doodle-filled paean to individuality, friendship and all things Star Wars. This book may not win any fans among school administrators, but those who have delighted in Tommy and his friends' previous case files will be pleased. It's not a great place to begin reading the series--start with the first--and readers be warned: This documents a battle, not the whole war, and ends with the words "To be continued" ("Way yes!" says Origami Yoda). Origami instructions are included (of course), and it's otherwise chock-full of customarily quirky fun. (Graphic hybrid fiction. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419708589
Publisher:
Amulet Books
Publication date:
08/06/2013
Series:
Origami Yoda Series , #4
Edition description:
B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
131,241
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Tom Angleberger is the bestselling author of the Origami Yoda series. He is also the author of Horton Halfpott and Fake Mustache. Tom maintains the Origami Yoda–inspired blog origamiyoda.wordpress.com. He is married to author-illustrator Cece Bell and lives in Christiansburg, Virginia.

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The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett (Origami Yoda Series) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best one so far! Have the book at home but still have it on the nook. The fact that everybody has origami characters is pretty weird though. Can not wajt for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this siries and recomend it to people who like star wars and/or origami and/or hate testing/test prep.
ratdog More than 1 year ago
I have read the first three books in this series and have ordered the 4th one.  These are fun, creative stories that do not insult the intelligence of their intended audience. I picked up the first one and got hooked. I have also purchased the Art 2-D2 book of folding and doodling. This one is not part of the continuing story but a stand alone book of how to do origami and doodles seen in the other books. Highly recommend these books and the author's website.
Moore03 More than 1 year ago
My son loves this series, not to mention the origami you can make from the directions. He laughs as he reads. It's really nice to see Star Wars in this light. It's no wonder Star Wars is forever...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book in series. Can't wait for next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My gradson said it was the best Christmas present yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its nice
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series and was thrilled when I saw Barnes and Noble was doing an exclusive book this summer.  I was just looking to see when the next book would be released when I saw that no one had put up a review.  I think this great book needs a review so kids know it's worth getting this new book.  If you have kids who love Star Wars or the other books in this series be sure to buy this book.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good, even though Jabba is at the end of the book at page 201.Who would think that SPOILER ALERT! Mr. Howell was Jabba?
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Want it.so baldy
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I have it and love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lol, im home alone and myvparents cant get it cuz of that. Hopefully i get it -blaze
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want to get it so bad . I love all the others . But. I have no money so know i have to wait another 3 months!!!
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This book only gives me two pages
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