The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
By Tom Angleberger
Reviewer Sam loves the Origami Yoda books by Tom Angleberger. He reads and re-reads them and I often hear him belly laughing while he reads. They are also recommended books for reluctant readers because they are funny, the the graphic content and the format.The books are in easy to read kid language without a lot of description, the story moves along quite quickly and most children will identify with one or more of the characters.
So I took a chance and read the first book in the Origami series – The Strange Case of Origami Yoda – and was really surprised. I did not belly laugh and find the book hilarious, I think perhaps I am too far removed from my time as a twelve year old to see the humour as anything but embarrassing. But against my better judgement I really liked the book. I felt for the characters as they struggled to move from the awkward time of liking girls from afar to actually talking to them. I really felt for the misfits of the story who were trying to find a place in the world of middle school that does not value them. And I found a new new hero, not in the main character Tommy, but the outcast Dwight who managed to bring happiness to his classmates.
I did not expect to like this book so much, but I can see what it deserves its fan following. On the face of it it can be an amusing book for reluctant readers, but on re-reads it offers so much more depth.
The Surprise Attack of Jabba The Puppet
By Tom Angleburger
(Reviewed by Sam S Aged 10)
This book is about a bunch of Star Wars finger puppets facing off against The Funtime Menace. Because Macquarrie Middle School students failed the state standards test they have to go through Funtime, which they see as the worst thing ever.
My favourite character is Harvey because he is the angry one and contributes to the story as the bad egg.
I would recommend this for ages seven up. It is just so funny and the best Origami Yoda book.