Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Um, yeah, I got sucked in by the first paragraph. Read the whole book. Laughed out loud. Loved it. This wasn’t just a “funny” book. This was a story with heart and humor.
Premise from inside cover:
Sixth grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future.
Opening lines introduced the heart of the conflict and what was at stake. I immediately knew I would read the whole book.
Each chapter is a different case file narrated by Tommy’s classmates. And Tommy and his “unbeliever” friend, Harvey, add in their comments at the end of each chapter. Each case file is surprising, original, and moving.
And, of course, Tommy has to figure out if origami yoda is real before he makes a decision concerning a certain girl.
What great writing concepts can I steal from this book?
- It wasn’t funny for the sake of being funny.
- Each case was unique, specific, funny – but believable.
- An original and humorous premise.
- The author knew the target audience.
- Perfect mix of great telling and showing.
- A cast of fully developed characters.
- Mystery introduced early on.
- Satisfying ending with heart.
Humor take away: funny premise and suprising the reader on every page.
What stories do you remember that had a funny premise? Or a book that kept surprising you page after page?