The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Dun, duuun, dun dun dun duuuun dah, dun dun dun duuuuun dah, DAH DAH DAH DAHHHHH!
If you are any kind of a geek like me, you will already know exactly what theme tune I was warbling so badly there – it was of course, the Star Wars blasting opening march and it sets the tone very nicely for today’s offering, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Publisher: Amulet, image above used with their permission
Surprise! Not just a book about Star Wars, it is! Nope, this one is a great one for getting Star Wars fans interested in reading without it just being a recap of how cool Han Solo is (and yes, he is VERY cool 🙂 ). Nope, this one has actual characters and everything!
One day a boy called Dwight, who’s a little different from everyone else (or a loser, as some classmates unkindly put it), makes an Origami Yoda that dispenses advice. Even though the boy behind Origami Yoda is regularly to be found shouting ‘purple’ at random intervals, the class gradually starts to take his puppet’s advice – it’s sensible, it’s logical and best of all, it works. Gradually, Origami Yoda gains more and more fans, but what about Dwight? Why is it so easy to be friends with folded paper, but not with him?
It’s written like a casebook by a boy called Tommy, who does something I love which is get the point of view of every character involved in Origami Yoda. We don’t just see Dwight and Yoda through Tommy’s eyes, we see them through Harvey the mocking ‘friend’s’ eyes, and Kellen’s and Sara’s and all the rest of the class too. We see exactly how they feel about Dwight and why they choose to ignore him and approach Yoda. For such a skinny book, you get a lot of different stories packed in because that’s what it feels like sometimes – lots of different stories all about the same subject and all individual.
In short, a great little story about considering other people’s feelings, who your real friends are, what a friend should be like and, best of all, HOW TO FOLD AN ORIGAMI YODA! Instructions are at the back, and yes, I have tried them 🙂
P.S. Look out in the next few days for a BIG post – I’ve been inspired and somehow written a mountain *looks bemused*