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Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Angleberger
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Sep 20, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: children, fiction, fantasy, humor, middle-grade
Read in September, 2011

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda was one of my favorite books of 2010. So I was extremely excited to learn that Tom Angleberger was coming out with a sequel, Darth Paper Strikes Back. I was so excited that I forgot that sequels usually are a disappointment (see: The Penderwicks at Point Mouette) and can't live up to the original's creativity. Darth Paper Strikes Back had all the winning elements that The Strange Case of Origami Yoda did: a "case file" with stories from all the kids in the class, artwork that really looks like it was drawn by 7th graders (and not 7th graders who are good at art, either), lots of fun and silliness, and a new "villain," Harvey and his finger puppet, Darth Paper, who are intent on vaniquishing Dwight/Origami Yoda and undoing all the good he did the year prior.

Both books are fun and lighthearted, and I enjoyed both of them, but Darth Paper Strikes Back simply isn't as funny as The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. My husband can attest to the fact that I was laughing hysterically while reading that book, and while there were some funny moments in Darth Paper Strikes Back, they didn't even elicit a chuckle out loud from me. I'd still recommend the book, but it didn't wow me as much as the first.

Grades 4-6

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