Book Review for “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda”


Angleberger, T. (2010). The strange case of origami yoda. Ambrams.

     If you’re thinking Tom Angleberger’s “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” sounds, well, strange, then you’re correct! This novel is indeed about an origami finger puppet created in the likeness of everybody’s favorite inverted sentence-using Jedi master. Tommy, Dwight, Kellen, Harvey and their friends are about to find out just how wise Yoda is. Origami Yoda has been giving almost every student at McQuarrie Middle School advice and answers to life’s toughest questions; Yoda seems to know everything from girls, to grandmothers, and softball. If this still doesn’t sound strange to you yet, meet the man behind the finger puppet: Dwight. Dwight is a person you could definitely call “different”. He spends much of his time sitting in holes and yelling the word “purple”. What’s even stranger is that his origami Yoda creation seems to have a mind of its own; the finger puppet seems a far cry from his usually spaced out creator. Yoda seems to know everything, even things Dwight is clueless about! So what makes Yoda so wise? Does he really have a mind of his own? Read the personal stories throughout the pages of Tom Angleberger’s The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and find out. Who knows? You just might become a believer.

     Want to make your own origami Yoda? Whether it’s for fun, or to ask it one of life’s most pressing questions, here’s a page in the back of the book that shows you how:


     And last but not least, here’s my own origami Yoda! It’s not the best, but I had a blast making it. I hope you enjoy it too!



Filed under Young Adult Novels

2 responses to “Book Review for “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda”

  1. Beth

    I love this little book, and it is incredibly popular with the middle grades kids these days. It is just a perfect little way of addressing all of those mysteries of life that seem to crop up in those days.

    Thank you for all of the insights you’ve shared on this blog. I’ve especially loved how you use it for multiple classes, so I can learn from what you are doing elsewhere. I wish we could have all students have a central place to post their work, so we can better integrate all that we do. I hope you keep blogging and sharing your ideas with the world!

    • Thank you so much for not only asking your students to make these blogs, but for being so involved in them. I am so glad I had this opportunity, and I appreciate the feedback. This is one great tool that I plan on continuing outside of this classroom and this semester. Thanks for everything Beth! 🙂

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