American author Tom Angleberger was inspired by the famous artist Fumiaki Kawahata’s origami Yoda when he wrote his charming series of books about a group of sixth graders who become better friends while making paper puppets in the likenesses of Star Wars characters.

Dwight is known as weird, but when he speaks in the voice of Yoda, somehow he dispenses the right kind of cryptic wisdom, and the kids start to turn to him for help.

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And yet somehow, through the magic and artifice of Tom Angleberger, little Origami Yoda’s advice starts to make sense and make everyone’s life a little better. If that weren t strange … “I had a very tumultuous three years of middle school and I remember it vividly,” he said. If that weren t strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient. He recently gave 100 per cent of the advance he got for The Princess and the Pit Stop to RAICES, an organization that helps immigrant families in Texas. We think that’s bonkers. When Tom Angleberger recently spoke to kids in Roanoke, Va., about this book, he described where the character of Dwight actually came from: His own childhood.

Origami Yoda and the Embarrassing Stain.
It’s the story of Tommy, the narrator, and Dwight, the ‘loser geek’ who makes a little origami puppet of Yoda, the wise, sage master from Star Wars. Every kid has a place in the story, a chance to speak their truth. Skip navigation ... Chubby Checker Article Read Aloud - Duration: 4:30.

And they’re great for classroom reading and book clubs, too. In fact, Angleberger speaks heroically about a lot of things. That means more than one kid in your family can enjoy them. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda is quite unexpectedly so much more than these reasonable assumptions… It’s the story of Tommy, the narrator, and Dwight, the ‘loser geek’ who makes a little origami puppet of Yoda, the wise, sage master from Star Wars.

But what’s most astounding is how useful and effective Origami Yoda’s advice turns out to be. Little cartoon doodles in the margins?

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It’ll only interest boys and Star Wars geeks.

HANNAH COLLIER Recommended for … Like this review? Origami Yoda books are great for a range of reading abilities, with just enough graphic elements on each page to keep the page from looking gray and scary.

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The same cannot be said for Wimpy Kid.

He shares his advice and wisdom with all comers. At least, it seems that way to me. Angleberger openly challenges gender stereotypes in his most recent picture-book publication, The Princess and the Pit Stop. And rule-bound teachers. They’re so good-hearted. With a rainbow-coloured exhaust cloud streaming out behind her, this princess zooms past fairytale endings of yesteryear.

Read through four chapters and see if you agree.

(I love the word community. The story is delivered creatively via Tommy’s “case file”;  a series of reports from various members of his school – boys and girls – describing their respective moments and epiphanies with Origami Yoda. In fact, as this series unfolds, it becomes clear that, in one way or another, every kid is the weirdest kid in school, and likewise, every kid can access the Force. Students will be asking or telling each other about their own moments and challenges, and perhaps imagining or applying what Origami Yoda’s advice might be. A puppet?

If that weren t strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient. The individual characters are well-drawn, too. Dwight, whom no one would ever really listen to normally, begins dispensing strange, mysterious, koanic, yet somehow also wise advice through the medium of his Yoda finger puppet. Origami Yoda books are great for a range of reading abilities, with just enough graphic elements on each page to keep the page from looking gray and scary.

Sure, they have differences, but they learn to get along okay and live together.

Dwight s classmate Tommy wonders how Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. I particularly appreciate his outspokenness about how U.S. officials separate immigrant families at the border.

He wrote a brief, first-person article worth sharing with any kid who reads the book. – is entirely dependent on this condition.”. This is a familiar environment for challenges small and challenges great. A Star Wars character?

Read through four chapters and see if you agree. As well, Angleberger has spoken openly about brain differences. Much of the book is rewriting my own history.”.

The middle school boys are nervous about talking to girls.


And a bully.

Origami Yoda is set in your typical middle school. Ori... **Description from Amazon: In 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.

Even Harvey, the annoying bully of the first two books, turns into a decent human being by the end of book three, The Secret of the Fortune Wookie. When we share these books with friends, they’ve often never heard of them!? I do enjoy the famous series about Greg Heffley, but I find the predictable gender stereotypes in the book disappointing and outdated.

It is both wise and endearing. Most of our middle-aged reader friends have read the Wimpy Kid series, which now has more than a dozen installments.

The most loveable thing about these books, though, is how the multiple points of view create a strong sense of community and diversity. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda is quite unexpectedly so much more than these reasonable assumptions…. The story centers on a group of sixth graders who learn how to believe in themselves and accept their friends by listening to the peculiar wisdom dispensed by a paper Yoda puppet who spends a lot of time on the finger of a kid named Dwight.

Who could have imagined that such an esoteric beginning would spark a creative project that would spread so far and wide as Angleberger’s massively popular series? I love how Angleberger avoids gender stereotypes in his novels, and how his books are not marketed for either boys or girls. Origami Yoda and the Embarrassing Stain. If there were a word cloud of my daily conversations…).

But for some reason, Origami Yoda seems a lesser known series — at least here in Canada.

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Tommy, Kellen, Harvey, Sara, Stookie, throughout the series, many kids contribute chapters in a first-person voice. And they’re great for classroom reading and book clubs, too. “So much of the book is true but at the same time not true … I was a complete loser in middle school.

The community is a character, and I just swoon over that. Angleberger’s compassionate treatment of the weirdest kid in school endears him and his books to every kid, ever. There are jocks. In that sense, it becomes an educationally valuable book, one that will spark conversations across your elementary or middle school.

With six books in the series and millions of copies sold, plus weeks and weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, this series is probably the most famous middle-aged literary phenom you’ve never heard of. But what’s most astounding is how useful and effective Origami Yoda’s advice turns out to be. A comic book masquerading as a book trying to entice or trick less interested readers. There are male and female cliques.

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a brief, first-person article worth sharing with any kid who reads the book.

What if I had Origami Yoda?

Especially because we live in a fragmented reality in which adults can’t seem to get along or accept each other’s differences, we need books that depict supportive communities. Everyone!