Archive for March, 2010

Origami “Origami Yoda” bookmarks

After a couple rounds of prototyping — followed by a session of photocopying — I’ve finally got some completed Origami Yoda Bookmarks…

On the left is the “before” picture, a rectangle of green paper with the necessary info AND Yoda’s robe texture on it. (Yes, it is green paper even if this pic makes it look washed out.)

On the right is the “after” version all folded up and ready to go. The copyright info and the URL have been folded onto the back of the bookmark.

I’ll be giving these out to deserving people — such as kids who do great Yoda impressions. I think this first batch will go to Super-Librarian Cindy Minnick who is organizing the Origami Yoda Library Party, which is coming up on April 25!

Kirkus review! & a few more

I’ve resisted posting every review here on the blog, but I can’t help myself this time. I’ve been waiting a long time to see what Kirkus would say. THEY DUG IT! Unless I missed something, there’s not a single gripe in the whole thing! Here’s a choice bit:

The arch and dry (and sometimes slapstick) humor of Angleberger’s first will keep the pages turning. A skewed amalgam of Wayside Stories and Wimpy Kid that is sure to please fans of both.

You can read the whole review on B&

And here are two more I’m excited about:
An awesome review from a mom:
As a 37-year-old woman, I was laughing so hard at points that I was tearing up. This book made me realize that my children are right: potty humor is hilarious, school is hard, and that it’s up to you whether you let a social embarrassment make or break you.
I hope this isn’t the last we’ll see of Dwight and his Origami Yoda. I’m sure his uncanny skills could be put to good use in seventh grade.

And a great review from a dad:
This book is just fun. Fun in a time where reading usually leads to some kind of project or assessment. We need fun books. And Amulet, an imprint of Abrams, does not disappoint in this category. This is the same publishing house that gives us the Diary of the Wimpy Kid series and the Dwight character in this book is a nice addition to the Amulet stables. I love that this publishing house is taking the time to present real, quirky kids and how they navigate that small, compressed world…

And just in case you haven’t seen the 100 Scope Notes review…

Retconning Origami Yoda…

In case you missed it there was a flurry of posts over at’s Jedi Council Forums in which they attempted to retcon “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda.”

In truth, Origami Yoda is not part of the Star Wars Extended Universe and thus does not need to be retconned. But that didn’t stop the forum from trying.

I don’t see an infinities label on it, therefore it HAS to be canon. We just haven’t yet found the appropriate retcon.

Some of it got pretty deep:

[R]emember how far Origami Boba Fett had dissolved when he crawled out of the Sarlacc? There was an initiative to have him be something else, and have him fall into the Sarlacc again to be completely eaten up shortly before “real” Boba Fett climbed out for the third time. Luckily that could be avoided, and he’s remembered as a valid incarnation of Fett.

I offered a prize for the best of the lot and ended up with a tie. Here are the winning entries:

From some work prints I’ve seen online the origami sequences of ROTJ I found the Empororor’s death much more meaningful and frankly scary when he floats down the Death Star shaft and then unfolds into a plain piece of paper. Freakin’ chilling. by Manisphere


I love the part in ANH during the Origami Death Star briefing where they say “The port is ray shielded, so we’ll be using matches” It gets my blood going every time. by MarvelFett11

Great stuff! And it took the idea in directions I never would have considered.

While we’re at it, another Jedi Council Forums user posted a review of Origami Yoda:

It is a kids book very much in the style of “Diary Of A Wimpy Kid”, and I thought it was wonderful. Without giving too much away it’s a story about a kid who is considered to be pretty weird by his peers who uses the “wisdom” of his finger puppet version of Yoda to find his place in the world.

New origami Yoda model spotted…

Someone posted this picture on Twitter today:

I’ve never seen this origami Yoda model before, but I like it. It looks doable, but has lots of nice details. I’ve asked the maker for more info, but haven’t heard back yet.

Scenes from an Origami Yoda workshop

Origami Yoda Folding at Little Shop of Stories, Decatur, GA

It’s a little hard to see, but those folks are holding up the Origami Yodas they just made.
Here’s a close-up so you can see how they did…

Upcoming Origami Yoda events

Have origami paper will travel! I’m visiting schools, bookstores, libraries and other spots to promote the book and teach people how to fold Yodas…

New listings are in bold:

April 9, 7 p.m.(?) … Barnes & Noble, Christiansburg, Va.

April 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. …. Ram’s Head Bookstore in Roanoke, Va.

April 11, 2 p.m. …. Peacework Walk to Read in Blacksburg, Va.

April 13 … Meeting with Blacksburg writers’ group. Just ask if you want more info.

April 24, 2 p.m. Barnes & Noble Tanglewood, Roanoke, Va.

April 25 (Date subject to change) … Origami Yoda party at Meadowbrook Library, Shawsville, Va. Star Wars Costume Contest & More….

May 1, 10 a.m. …. Central Rappahannock Regional Library Main Branch (“Downtown”) Fredericksburg on May 1 2010 at 10:00.
Joint appearance with Michael Hemphill and Sam Riddleburger. Sponsored by: Jabberwocky Children’s Books and Toys

May 15 … Gaithersburg Book Festival, Gaithersburg, Md.

All dates are subject to changes, etc… so feel free to check in with me before travelling to any of them.

Publisher’s Weekly review is in

The Publisher’s Weekly review is real nice. They call Origami Yoda a “snappy debut.”

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.

You can read it all here.