Thursday, January 26, 2012
Book #3: Darth Paper Strikes Back
Tom Angleberger last October at our local independent children’s bookstore. What a treat! He was funny and lively and great with the kids. He did some silly juggling tricks, drew pictures, folded a huge Origami Yoda, and made us all laugh a lot.
He asked us which character we thought he was most like in middle school. (Do you know?) He told us there would be a third book, and had all of us guess who would be on its cover. (He couldn’t tell us yet – publisher’s rule – but told us to keep an eye on his website for announcements. Who would you like to see?) He signed books, drawing a picture in each one and taking the time to chat with every kid.
an Origami Yoda book signed for him, and told him all about our afternoon. I didn’t think a first grader would be interested in hearing a story about middle school students, but when they both requested Yoda for our next read aloud, we gave it a try.
Felix loved it! He laughed a lot at my terrible Yoda voice (but Dwight’s is terrible, too, right?) and he enjoyed the format of the story, how in each chapter, Dwight/Yoda helped someone. (Hey, sort of like Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. Just noticed that. Hmm. Kinda cool.)
We had just as much fun with Darth Paper Strikes Back. This time, I got to do a terrible Darth voice, too. Felix enjoyed correcting my breathing technique. They both made me repeat any scenes where someone disagrees with Origami Yoda, so that they could squeal with laughter. Example:
Dwight held up Origami Yoda and croaked, “Dress rehearsals you must start.”
“But the play is three weeks away!” I said.
“Dress rehearsals you must start!”
“DRESS REHEARSALS YOU MUST START!!”
So we did.
Try reading that aloud in a terrible Yoda voice and see if it doesn’t make you squeal with laughter, too.
And I don’t want to give anything away, but I loved the ending, especially when Dwight’s mom finally gets it. We’ll definitely be checking out the next book.
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P.S. In reading Tom's bio, I learned that his wife, Cece Bell, is also a children's author/illustrator. Check out this great interview with her on Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. She won me over immediately when I saw that first photo of her reading Miss Piggy's Guide to Life.