Thursday, June 13, 2013

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

Darth Paper Strikes Back (Origami Yoda Series #2)

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

The hilarious, clever, and much-anticipated follow-up to the breakout hit, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda!
It is a dark time at Ralph McQuarrie Middle School. After suffering several Origami Yoda–related humiliations, Harvey manages to get Dwight suspended from school for being a “troublemaker.” Origami Yoda pleads with Tommy and Kellen to save Dwight by making a new case file—one that will show how Dwight’s presence benefits McQuarrie. With the help of their friends, Tommy and Kellen record cases such as “Origami Yoda and the Pre-eaten Wiener,” “Origami Yoda and the Exploding Pizza Bagels,” and “Origami Yoda and Wonderland: The Musical.” But Harvey and his Darth Paper puppet have a secret plan that could make Dwight’s suspension permanent . . .
With his proven knack for humorously exploring the intrigues, fads, and dramas of middle school, Tom Angleberger has crafted a worthy sequel to his breakout bestseller.

My thoughts:
This was another fun read that engaged my children while we listened to the audio book in the car.  Harvey makes his own origami character calling him Darth Paper and brings him to school to counteract Dwight's Origami Yoda.  The tone and content again reminded me of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

The chapters are short and easy to follow, even for younger listeners, and I love how the students are writing a book or as they call it, a case file, to prove that Origami Yoda and Dwight need to stay at school and not be suspended.  Harvey is always there to fight them on their facts and add his sarcasm.  It was nice to see the boys working towards helping a friend that they aren't even sure they really like.

I think this series is good for taping into the interests of all readers, but especially boys, who at times are less likely to want to sit down with a book.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419700279
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/23/2011
  • Series: Origami Yoda Series , #2
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years

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