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review 2018-01-21 15:26
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda - Tom Angleberger

 

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This book was much better than I thought it would be. I picked it up in the clearance section because I was intrigued by the cover. My expectations weren't very high, but this book definitely exceeded them. 

This is a unique story of maneuvering your way through middle school. I loved the idea of putting together a case file. This added a really interesting element to the story. Angleberger did a good job of keeping the story going though. And of course trying to figure out if Origami Yoda was the real deal or not was very fun. 

Great book. I enjoyed how much the characters learn and mature in such a short story.

The book also contains a tutorial for how to make an Origami Yoda. I haven't tried it out yet, but love the interactive element. 
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text 2016-01-04 00:48
The strange case of origami yoda by Tom Angleberger
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda - Tom Angleberger

In this funny, uncannily wise portrait of the dynamics of a sixth-grade class and of the greatness that sometimes comes in unlikely packages, Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren’t strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient. Origami Yoda predicts the date of a pop quiz, guesses who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust, and saves a classmate from popularity-crushing embarrassment with some well-timed advice. Dwight’s classmate Tommy wonders how Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. With contributions from his puzzled classmates, Tommy assembles this first case file in the blockbuster bestselling Origami Yoda series.The climax of this book is when Harvey and Dwight have the face off of which origami Yoda is the real wise Jedi! Climax The setting takes place in a school named, McQuarrie Middle School in around 2009.The theme of this story is "it's okay to be original" and "believe in yourself."

 

What I liked about the book is that everything can happen, like from a loser and weirdo can dance with a girl and be her girlfriend or getting away of immense of trouble and the lastly but not least I liked how the ending was where everybody was happy and Harvey who didn't believe to origami Yoda got humiliated by Dwight which was a loser.Something that I didn't like is that the drawing of the faces where kinda creepy and weird.One question that I have about the book is that it didn't tell how origami Yoda or Dwight could have predict the future.I would recommend this book especially middle schoolers like 6th graders.

 

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review 2015-09-01 23:45
Yokai attack!
Yokai Attack!: The Japanese Monster Survival Guide - Tatsuya Morino,Hiroko Yoda,Matt Alt

I honestly had so much fun reading this book! I've recently been on a bit of a traditional Asian mythology flex. So I got this book. The book, it's self is very fun with bright pages packed full of art and history and tell you about the different "Yokai's" supernatural monsters. There's all kinds of crazy Yokai in this book! For me personally the reason why I love Yokai is the crazy art depicted of them from the Book of the 8th century Kojiki, (古事記; Record of Ancient Matters) The art always fascinated me so when I saw this I had to get it. A truly perky and wonderful book.

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review 2015-06-27 04:05
Review: Yokai Attack!
Yokai Attack!: The Japanese Monster Survival Guide - Hiroko Yoda,Matt Alt,Tatsuya Morino

Book 8 in #PaperbackSummer is Yokai Attack! The Japanese Monster Survival Guide. While this book introduces the reader to ghosts, monsters, and demons that are much less known but that are a traditional part of Japanese folklore, it is... somehow boring. In a way, it read like an ecology textbook. Of course, is interesting to know the characteristics of each yokai and their traditional locations, but the book lacks excitement even when it does share bits of the actual tales the yokai come from.

 

Positives:

 

Names and pronunciations of the yokai

Color artwork

Strengths/Weaknesses, in case we ever meet them in real life

Brief history of where each yokai would be found

 

Negatives:

 

Books reads like a textbook rather than a collection of folklore

Some yokai include stories of when yokai were seen, but many others don't

 

*Library copy*

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review 2014-12-14 08:13
Star Wars trifft Wunderbare Jahre
Yoda Ich Bin! Alles Ich Weiß! - Tom Angleberger,Collin McMahon

Ein entzückendes Kinder/Jugendbuch um eine Origami-Handpuppe namens Yoda, die an der Hand des größten Trottels in der Clique allen sehr weise Ratschläge erteilt.

Aufgebaut und sehr hübsch illustriert ist das Buch wie Greg's Tagebuch - kein Wunder es stammt ja auch aus demselben Verlag. Aus diesem Grund muss ich aber gleich mangels Originalität, Innovation und doppelter Verwurschtung eines Erfolgskonzeptes einen Stern abziehen.

Ansonsten herrlich wie die Weisheit der Jedis und Tips zur ersten Verliebtheit, Freundschaft, gegen Mobbing... schliesslich alles was so ein Kind an der Schwelle zum Teenager bewegt, zusammenpassen.
***Star Wars trifft Wunderbare Jahre***

Fazit: ein Lesevergnügen!

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