A journalist and fiction author, Tom Angleberger has a knack for capturing the lives of today’s youth. In The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, socially awkward Dwight shows up to school one morning waving a green finger puppet. Strange enough, but then Dwight starts talking in a funny voice and doling out advice. Is it the puppet, or is it Dwight? And will paper Yoda be able to help Dwight convince the girl of his dreams to go to the big dance with him?
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“Angleberger’s rendering of such a middle-grade cult obsession is not only spot-on but also reveals a few resonant surprises hidden in the folds.” (Booklist)
I love to listen to books.
After listening to this story I decided to have my reluctant readers read it together. They love it! After each chapter the students write done the main idea of the chapter, and make a comment. Their comments are on the advice that was given by Origami Yoda. Sometimes they come up with alternative solutions. They can relate to the story because they are in 6th grade just like the characters in the book. We are even doing origami together. Eventually we will try to create Origami Yoda. They are very interested in reading Darth Paper next.
I doubt it. The story just did not draw the listener in. I was disappointed.
This is a good book for elementary and middle schoolers. It presents an inventive way to tackle subjects and concerns for that age group. Listening to the story, I don't think kids would understand right off that they are being given advice on how to handle that stage of life, and all of the ordinary but uncomfortable things they face.
I would mention that I read it. I would not recommend that someone else needs to reads this however.
Too many narrators.
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