The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

LibraryIn 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, he assembles the case file that forms this novel. (from Goodreads)

I should have been more tempted to read this one because, after all, it has Yoda in it.  Unfortunately, I was afraid it was going to be more of the Captain Underpants type humor which I cannot stand.  I was most happily surprised.

This is one of those books that the kids are going to love because of the humor, but in which adults see an entire different level of growth.  I think it is more like the Wimpy Kids books or Dork Diaries than Captain Underpants.

I have had the book less than two weeks and it has already been checked out three times not counting me.  The kids who have read it have all wanted to tell me about it and one of them even made me my own Origami Yoda.  Thank you Ryne S.

I imagine it will not last a period on the shelf tomorrow morning once I get it back on display.  Who knows, this might be one I need to buy multiple copies of to keep the kids happy.

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