Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Tom Angleberger Strikes Again
THE SECRET OF THE FORTUNE WOOKIE: AN ORIGAMI YODA BOOK by Tom Angleberger. Amulet 2012.
If you will recall, Dwight is no longer at McQuarrie Middle School. However, he sends a new origami figure via Sara to the school and his friends and classmates. This time, the origami is in the form of Chewbacca and is a fortune teller (remember these?)Chewie seems to dispense advice almost as if Dwight were still there with his Origami Yoda. How can that be? Leave it to Tommy to issue an official report. Angleberger continues to develop and hone his characters in another book in this wildly popular (Origami Yoda won the Texas Bluebonnet Award this year) series. Along the way, he manages to examine some incredibly important subjects without being didactic or pedantic, no mean feat to be sure. The final chapter includes a letter home to all the students about the new curriculum to begin at the first of the year: FUNTIME, TIME to focus on the FUNdamentals. Teachers will groan and perhaps chuckle in rueful recognition of what might come in the next book. Angleberger humanizes middle school in a way that middle school teachers and kids get and everyone else needs to get. <487>