My 2 kids LOVE Star Wars. They have seen the movies countless number of times, can tell you everything there is to know about the movies. Hence they were drawn to Tom Angleberger’s New York Times Best Selling Origami Yoda Book Series. You may think what does Star Wars, origami and tweens have in common? The books are not about Star Wars at all, in fact it’s about friendships, self confidence, popularity and the awkward years of being in middle school.
The leadoff book “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” centers around a sixth-grade class at McQuarrie Middle School. There’s Dwight, the loser who is clueless most of time and talks to others through his finger puppet Yoda. Yoda can amongst other things predict the date of the pop quiz. Dwight tells the kids to bring their questions to Origami Yoda. Dwight’s classmate Tommy is in desperate need of some girl advice and wants to know whether Origami Yoda is the real deal. So Tommy starts a case file and asks others to contribute. The book is written in Tommy’s case file (journal) format. Instructions are included in the back of the book to make your own Origami Yoda. A word of warning. My son walked around for weeks with his Origami Yoda finger puppet (see below right) dispensing words of wisdom on the family. It was quite cute.
The other hardcover books in the series include Darth Paper Strikes Back, The Secret of the Fortune Wookie and The Surprise Attack of the Jabba the Puppett. You can buy them individually or as a set. The fifth book which is not part of the series is “Art2-D2s The Guide to Folding and Doodling” which showcases 75 things to fold, draw and do. There’s everything from How to Draw Speedy Origami Yoda, How to Draw Dogs and Cats, How to Draw Faces, Photographing Doodle-gami Puppets and How to Make a Lip Balm Rocket. It’s the perfect book for that long flight or road trip!
Both my son and daughter read through all the books in a heartbeat. I’ve never seen them read so much and so fast – ever. They couldn’t put the books down. They are counting down the days to Tom’s latest book in the series, “Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue” which gets released on March 4, 2014.
Chapters/Indigo sells the books online starting at $12.00 CDN and up for each book or the series sells online for $36.96 CDN.
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.