Review: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

The Strange Case of the Origami YodaSource: Purchased
Publisher: Amulet Books
Series: Origami Yoda #1
Edition: Hardcover, 145 Pages
Genre: Middle Grade Humor
Purchase:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository*
*I receive a small monetary kickback from Amazon purchases
Rating: 4/5


Meet Dwight, a sixth-grade oddball. Dwight does a lot of weird things, like wearing the same T-shirt for a month or telling people to call him “Captain Dwight.” This is embarrassing, particularly for Tommy, who sits with him at lunch every day.

But Dwight does one cool thing. He makes origami. One day he makes an origami finger puppet of Yoda. And that’s when things get mysterious. Origami Yoda can predict the future and suggest the best way to deal with a tricky situation. His advice actually works, and soon most of the sixth grade is lining up with questions.

Tommy wants to know how Origami Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. Is Yoda tapping into the Force? It’s crucial that Tommy figure out the mystery before he takes Yoda’s advice about something VERY IMPORTANT that has to do with a girl.

This is Tommy’s case file of his investigation into “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda.

In my quest to  add more middle grade review the blog I immediately settled on this series and didn’t hesitate to grab this one I had the chance. I love Star Wars and I love it even more when it’s marketed towards kids, geeks shall inherit the earth, so it was a no-brainer that at some point I’d grab this.

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda is book filled with ‘case files’ about a group of sixth graders’ exprience with the Origami Yoda (and Dwight) and how it either helped them or harmed them. It’s a goofy tale that is incredibly fun to read but also has some great lessons about friendship and acceptance in it, and it even includes several problems I remember having in middle school.

Each incident is told by the person it happened to and is accompanied by doodles, some of which I adored. I loved the whole idea and just how caught up the kids are in Origami Yoda, it’s cute but it also bares some resemblance to the crazy stuff my classmates subscribed to. One of the best things about this one is that there is character growth for each character involved, despite it being such a short novel. The kids really gain some confidence and learn more about each other and themselves.

I recommend this to children and adults alike! It’s a short fun read, and it really seems like a great book to share with the family. Also it teaches you how to make a simple origami Yoda at the end! Who wouldn’t want to learn that?

4 stars

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3 Responses to Review: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

  1. Me, Me! I want to make an Origami Yoda ! Haha I still haven’t been able to get back into MG books… I’m having a hard time even remembering what MG books I read when I WAS MG…. I think I kinda skipped over them haha This one seems quirky and amusing though, I may have to recommend it to some of my family 🙂

  2. I so need to read this! And then read it to my kids! I had no idea that the characters learned stuff and had growth. I love all the drawings in it when I’ve seen it at the library. This looks like such a fun read. Great review!

  3. I haven’t read a middle grade book in a long time, but this seems like something that would be really entertaining. And plus points for origami and yoda. Haha

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