Yoda's powers are so vast, they encompass his very form -- even if that form is a folded piece of paper. Could this be true? Is Origami Yoda real? That's what Tommy, the sixth grade narrator of Origami Yoda (Abrams Books, 2010), is determined to figure out.
Collecting testimonials from various students about their interactions with the finger puppeteer Dwight, Tommy presents evidence (and commentary) for and against the idea that Dwight's Yoda finger puppet can indeed bestow wisdom far beyond its fibrous being.
Like his namesake, sometimes Origami Yoda's advice seems like some Jedi mind trick. Sometimes it's mysteriously accurate. But despite Dwight's lame Yoda impression, things have a way of working out just as Origami Yoda predicts.
Packaged as a case file "in case scientists ever decide to study Origami Yoda," this award-winning middle grade book is a fun and enlightening read that you don't have to be a Star Wars fan to enjoy (although some of the better jokes may be lost on you if you haven't at least seen taken a short visit to a galaxy far far away).
With a follow-up hitting the shelves at the end of summer — starring Darth Paper, of course — it won't be long before readers will be able to revisit Tommy, Dwight and their friends at McQuarrie Middle School. Who knows what trouble will accompany the dark lord's arrival? As fans of Angleberger's debut are well aware, sometimes you just have to let go and trust in the Force.