Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

By Tom Angleberger. New York: Amulet Books, 2010.

Who do you ask when you need advice about something? I bet you're going to say your parents, families, or friends. You wouldn't think of asking a finger puppet, would you? I didn't think so. But what if the finger puppet was an origami Yoda? We all remember Yoda, the wise sage from the Star Wars movies. He gives GREAT advice, that it would be silly not to follow it. That's what a bunch of sixth-grade friends discover in this fun book.

Dwight is a goofball. He's kinda weird, and always says things that are unpredictable and strange. One day he shows up to school with an origami finger puppet of Yoda. All of a sudden, Yoda is dispensing advice and predicting the future to most of the kids in the sixth grade. And, the advice works! Well, Tommy needs to find out how origami Yoda can be right about so many things, when his owner, Dwight, is just completely clueless. This book is a case file, and Tommy interviews several of his sixth-grade friends to discover their experiences with origami Yoda.

This book is very funny and goofy, and would be perfect for kids who love the Wimpy Kid books. Along the page margins are really fun doodles that complement the text perfectly. There's even directions at the end for making your very own origami Yoda. Read this book you must.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Gracias / Thanks

By Pat Mora. Illustrations by John Parra. New York: Lee & Low Books Inc., 2009.

Sometimes it's the little things in life that you are most thankful for. This lovely, bilingual book demonstrates that feeling in a beautiful way. Starting in the morning, a young boy wakes up thankful for the sun. Throughout his busy day, he's thankful for all the things in nature that help make his day joyful. The story ends with the boy going to bed, thankful for the cricket serenading him to sleep. This book provides a way for families to have a nice conversation about the big and little things in life that give you pleasure, and make you stop and say "thanks!" This book is a joy to read!