I found myself engrossed in book #2 of the Origami Yoda series. Not a personal genre favorite of mine, but highly recommended (and I needed a break from the civil war book!) I only wish I had the opportunity to read The Strange Case of Origami Yoda first so I would know the characters and the back story.
Thinking about my take-aways from The Book Whisperer, I know exactly the students who I would love to hand this book to. Star Wars fans? Absolutely. Creative/artistic kids? Absolutely. Students who are overwhelmed with too much text on a page? Absolutely. Students who love comics or graphic novels? Absolutely. I could go on, and on, but more about the book …
The first book in this series was about a 6th grader named Dwight and his advice-giving, origami, finger puppet of Yoda. This book continues the story, but now it’s Dwight and Origami Yoda who are in need of assistance, and the students of McQuarrie have taken up the charge – all except Harvey and his origami Darth Vader, a/k/a Darth Paper. Darth Paper is insulting, possibly evil, and the root cause of Dwight and Origami Yoda’s troubles!
Darth Paper Strikes Back is written as a case file, with more than ten different students offering his or her perspective on Dwight and Origami Yoda. There are numerous entries from Tommy, and a few with Kellen, but it’s in the offerings of the other students where the readers truly see the story of Dwight and Origami Yoda. Two case examples: Lance writes, “Origami Yoda and Exploding Pizza Bagels of Love” while Cassie’s entry is entitled, “Origami Yoda and the Body Odor in Wonderland.”
For readers to successfully navigate this book, they must not only read the text, but also follow the drawings, diagrams, and comments written in the margins, all the while tracking which narrator is telling the story at any given point. Also, if a reader isn’t familiar with Star Wars, it might be difficult to understand many of the references and innuendo – but for those Star Wars enthusiasts, and those up to the challenge of navigating the textual features, then this is the book for you!