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The Strange Case of Origami Yodaby Tom Angleberger
Can you trust advice from a paper finger puppet? Tommy is going to find out. Read this book! You must!
Synopses & Reviews
Frank Einsteinand#160;loves figuring out how the world works by creating household contraptions that are part science, part imagination, and definitely unusual. After an uneventful experiment in his garage-lab, a lightning storm and flash of electricity bring Frankandrsquo;s inventionsandmdash;the robots Klink and Klankandmdash;to life! Not exactly the ideal lab partners, the wisecracking Klink and the overly expressive Klank nonetheless help Frank attempt to perfect his Antimatter Motor . . . until Frankandrsquo;s archnemesis, T. Edison, steals Klink and Klank for his evil doomsday plan! Using real science, Jon Scieszka has created a unique world of adventure and science fictionandmdash;an irresistible chemical reaction for middle-grade readers.
Frank Einstein (A), kid genius scientist and inventor, along with Klink (B), a self-assembled artificial-intelligence entity, and Klank (C), a mostly self-assembled and artificial almost intelligence entity, create an Antimatter Motor using the three states of matter: solid (D), liquid (E), and gas (F), with plans to win the Midville Science Prize. Which all works fine, until Frankandrsquo;s classmate and archrival T. Edison shows up!
Advance praise for Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor
andldquo;I never thought science could be funny . . . until I read Frank Einstein. It will have kids laughing.andrdquo;
andmdash;Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid
andldquo;Dear Frank Einstein,
Please invent time machine. Send your books back in time to me in 1978.
Also a levitating skateboard.
andmdash;Tom Angleberger, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
andldquo;Kids will love Frank Einstein, because even though he is a new character, he will be instantly recognizable to readers . . . Jon Scieszka is one of the best writers around, and I canandrsquo;t wait to see what he does with these fun and exciting characters.andrdquo;and#160;andmdash;Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl
andldquo;Jon Scieszkaandrsquo;s new series has the winning ingredients that link his clever brilliance in story telling with his knowledge of real science, while at the same time the combination of fiction and nonfiction appeals to the full range of the market.andrdquo; andmdash;Jack Gantos, Dead End in Norvelt
"'Is Origami Yoda real?' is the question that plagues sixth-grader Tommy and drives the plot of this snappy debut. From one perspective, Origami Yoda is a finger puppet that offers cryptic but oddly sage advice to Tommy and his classmates. From another, he is simply the 'green paperwad' animated by Tommy's misfit friend, Dwight, who 'wear[s] shorts with his socks pulled up above his knees' and stares into space 'like a hypnotized chicken.' Compiling a series of funny, first-person accounts of Yoda's wisdom from his friends, Tommy hopes to solve this mystery to determine whether to trust Yoda's advice about asking a certain girl to dance. Angleberger peppers his chapters with spot-on boy banter, humorously crude Captain Underpants — style drawings, and wisecrack asides that comically address the social land mines of middle school. Tommy confronts the ethical dilemma of standing up for the weird kid and the angst of school dances: 'My hands were shaking and my stomach was excited like the time my dad accidentally drove into a fire hydrant.' But with enigmatic counsel like 'Cheetos for everyone you must buy,' Yoda keeps the mystery alive. Ages 8 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
At McQuarrie Middle School, the war against the FunTime Menaceandmdash;aka test prepandmdash;wages on. Our heroes have one battle under their belts, and theyandrsquo;ve even found a surprising ally in Jabba the Puppett. But to defeat the Dark Standardized Testing Forces theyandrsquo;re going to need an even bigger, even more surprising ally: Principal Rabbski. But with great forcesandmdash;aka the school boardandmdash;pushing her from above, will the gangandrsquo;s former enemy don a finger puppet and join the Rebellionandmdash;or will her transformation to Empress Rabbski, Dark Lord of the Sith, be complete?
With this timely episode in the blockbuster Origami Yoda series, Tom Angleberger demonstrates once again that his andldquo;grasp of middle-school emotions, humor and behavior is spot-onandrdquo; (Scripps Howard News Service).
Praise for Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue!
andquot;Fans will devour this satisfying and nicely realistic conclusion to the story set up in the previous volume. Characters grow, and nonandndash;Star Wars pop-culture references seep in. Readers new to the series are advised to go back to the beginning; they wonandrsquo;t regret it.andquot;
andquot;These books are more popular than a working droid on Tatooine. Expect the usual army of young Jedis to come out swinging for a copy.andquot;
With this latest episode in the explosively popular Origami Yoda series, Tom Angleberger proves once again that he has his finger puppet squarely on the erratic pulse of middle-school life” (Washington Post).
Praise for The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett
"Chock-full of customarily quirky fun.”
"Fans of the series will relish the side drawings goofy humor, the new puppets to make, and the cliff-hanger promising more to come."
--School Library Journal
"Angleberger delivers another clever, funny crowd-pleaser. The message isnt bad either: uniting for the greater good and standing up for ones beliefs. Fans of the series, or of Star Wars, will hit warp speeds to grab a copy of this one.”
About the Author
Applying for a job as a newspaper artist, Tom Angleberger was mistakenly assigned to cover local government meetings. Fifteen years and countless town council meetings later, he is still writing instead of drawing, currently as a columnist for the Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Virginia. He began work on his first book while in middle school. Tom is married to author-illustrator Cece Bell. They live in Christianburg, Virginia.
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