Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Review: Darth Paper Strikes Back (An Origami Yoda Book) by Tom Angleberger

As hilarious and entertaining as THE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA!

I rarely give out a squee of joy when I open my mail, but when I saw this book AND our very own Darth Paper, I yelled for my son, who promptly took it out of my hands and ran to start reading it.  It was a happy mail day! He reluctantly gave it back to me so I could read it...but we're still fighting over the ownership of Darth Paper.

Tom Angleberger takes the hybrid middle grade novel (the weaving together of text and illustrations) and combines it with legendary Star Wars characters for a witty and memorable story.

Tommy is back with another case file to help Dwight and his Origami Yoda.  There are those that believe, and those that do not.  Harvey, in an attempt to steal some of Origami Yoda's thunder has created Darth Paper and the chaos that ensues is either of his doing...or that of the Dark Side of the force!

I laughed out loud while reading the first chapter!  Tom Angleberger is not only hilarious, but Star Wars fans will also really appreciate the clever dialogue and witty twists in this book.

A note to Tom Angleberger:  I'm stealing your fundraising idea, the next time my kids have to sell popcorn/cookie dough/nuts for little league!!  My dad will thank you!

Parents ask me all the time - Alison, my son fell in love with Diary of a Wimpy Kid, what's next? - I don't hesitate a beat when I tell them about THE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA.  It's original, humorous, smart, and now there is another installment that is just as funny as the first! 

Book Extras:
Origami Yoda blog
5-fold Origami Yoda
Origami Darth Paper

About the Book:

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Hardcover: 176 pages 
  • Publisher: Amulet Books; 1 edition (August 23, 2011) 
  • Language: English 
  • ISBN-10: 1419700278 
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419700279

  • About the Author:
    Tom Angleberger’s Strange Case of Origami Yoda was hailed as “delightful” by the New York Times and called “the most original novel of the year” by the Boston Globe. Angleberger is also the author of Horton Halfpott. His website is OrigamiYoda.com. He lives in Christianburg, Virginia, with his wife, the author-illustrator Cece Bell.
    *Disclosure:  A review copy of this book (and a funky little origami Darth Paper) was provided by the publisher.


    bermudaonion said...

    I thought Origami Yoda was adorable, so I think I'd like this one too.

    Zibilee said...

    Oh my gosh, when I helped volunteer at the Scholastic Book Fair, Origami Yoda was the one book we couldn't keep in stock! The kids and adults loved it! Glad to hear that this second book is wonderful as well.

    Bookworm1858 said...

    I really loved Origami Yoda so I'm excited to read this second book, that sounds just as good!

    Meg @ A Bookish Affair said...

    This book looks adorable!

    Sam said...

    Yes, please steal the idea! It is my dream that some school will actually use origami Yoda's fundraising advice! When they do, I'll be ready pony up!

    Thanks for the very kind review!!!!!

    Doug Bratton said...

    The two books Caden got at New York Comic Con were Origami Yoda and Darth Paper. He is in the middle of reading the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books--it will be interesting to see if he's willing to take a break from them to read these, they look fantastic!

    Alison's Book Marks said...

    Tom, Thank you for stopping by! Laura was nice enough to send us the book AND one of YOUR Darth Papers. He is in good hands, and already has Darth Paper buddies.

    Alison's Book Marks said...

    Doug, Joe was in a re-read session of Wimpy Kid, preparing for Cabin Fever, when Darth Paper came in. I was patient and let him finish before I forced it on him. Oh, who am I kidding? I had to hide Darth Paper from him until I could read it! :) Caden is going to love it as much as Wimpy Kid (don't tell Jeff).

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