8.13 It’s a Summer Monday! What are YOU reading?

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With Dwight attending Tippett Academy this semester, the kids of McQuarrie Middle School are on their own—no Origami Yoda to give advice and help them navigate the treacherous waters of middle school. Then Sara gets a gift she says is from Dwight—a paper fortune-teller in the form of Chewbacca. It’s a Fortune Wookiee, and it seems to give advice that’s just as good as Yoda’s—even if, in the hands of the girls, it seems too preoccupied with romance. In the meantime, Dwight is fitting in a little too well at Tippett. Has the unimaginable happened? Has Dwight become normal? It’s up to his old friends at McQuarrie to remind their kooky friend that it’s in his weirdness that his greatness lies.

With his proven knack for humorously exploring the intrigues, fads, and dramas of middle school, Tom Angleberger has crafted a worthy follow-up to his breakout bestsellers The Strange Case of Origami Yoda andDarth Paper Strikes Back.

My comment:The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee lived up to expectations.Tommy collects another case file, and the stories are a hoot. I think Angleberger’s extra illustrations and doodles on the pages are even funnier this time. I literally LOL–okay, maybe GOL (guffawed out loud). Nice job, Mr. A.

Angleberger is clearly poking fun at the educational system as McQuarrie Middle undertakes some big changes in their core curriculum: “FUNTIME! Time to Focus on the FUN-damentals!” Yup–so long art, chorus, band, etc. (See my comment below on The Art of Miss Chew.)

One of the best parts? The last page says, “The end this is?” “Way NO!” So now we can start imagining the fourth book int he Origami Yoda series. Ummmm…C3P(aper)O?


My comment: I’ve gotten a ball stuck in a tree before. The only way to get it down when it is unclimbable is to throw another ball at it. Well, Floyd gets his kite stuck in the tree. And the shoe he throws at the kite. And the cat he throws at the shoe. And the ladder. And the can of paint. And…. Well, you’ll have to read to see the other crazy things Floyd gets stuck in the tree. I like this book for the hilarity, fun artwork, and written text.

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My comment: I’ll never pass up a Polacco book. I like this one much better than last week’s. It’s another autobiographical story about her struggle to balance reading and her newfound artistic ability. There are a couple teachers who go to bat for her when the Powers threaten to take away her art so she can concentrate on her reading and testing. It reminds me that I need to be the teacher to go to stand up for what is best for my students.

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My comment: Last week I read 11 Experiments that Failed. This is the “prequel”. Same trouble-making, inquisitive little girl who tries all kinds of things–such as stapling her brother’s hair to his pillow, walking backward all the way to school, and washing her hands in the dog’s bowl before dinner.

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My comment: I’ve seen this cute book mentioned quite a bit. It reminds me a little bit of the classic Are You my Mother? combined with I Want My Hat Back. I dig the bookstore and library posters that are available for download. (Thanks, @trkravtin)



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My comment: Caldecott worthy? Perhaps. It was a fun read.

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My comment: When a slave mother has to walk 12 miles from her plantation to visit her son who has been located to a different plantation, he asks her how she makes the walk shorter. “Every mile is special, Frederick. Each mile is for something different.” And so she goes on to tell him what each mile is for. The first mile is for forgetting. The second mile is for remembering. The third for listening…the fifth for wondering about God…the sixth for praying…the ninth for dancing…the twelfth mile is for…”

We find out in the Afterword who that young Frederick really was.

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My comment: This compilation of stories was strange–not what I expected. Two fantasies, followed by a realistic story in which the main character willingly engages in a fantasy to make her life more interesting. I liked the third story in this GN best.

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