Title: The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet
Author: Tom Angleberger
Series: Origami Yoda, #4
Genre: Middle Grade Humour
Source: Library (Hardcover)
Dark times have fallen on McQuarrie Middle School. Dwight’s back—and not a moment too soon, as the gang faces the FunTime Menace: a new educational program designed to raise students’ standardized test scores. Instead, it’s driving everyone crazy with its obnoxious videos of Professor FunTime and his insidious singing calculator!
When Principal Rabbski cancels the students’ field trip—along with art, music, and LEGO classes—to make time for FunTime, the students turn to Origami Yoda for help. But some crises are too big for Origami Yoda to handle alone: Form a Rebel Alliance the students must.
United, can they defeat the FunTime Menace and cope with a surprise attack from Jabba the Puppett?
Another fun installment to the Origami Yoda series! I’m not sure what it is about this series, since I wouldn’t call myself a die-hard Star Wars fan, but whenever I see a new one is going to come out, I get very excited.
I think part of my excitement rests in the fact that Tom Angleberger just makes the books a lot of fun to read. The stories are very true to life in middle grade, the characters are interesting — and have grown since the first book! — and the illustrations are great.
I do really like how the books are written, with each chapter being a different viewpoint from a different schoolkid. It’s nice that there’s a mix of girls and boys and they each definitely have their own voice in the story (even if Harvey is the one who wants to stand out the most!).
Oh, and I’ll admit that I completely forgot about Jabba the Puppet until about 3/4 of the way through — that was a lot of fun and completely unexpected! The title says it all when it says SURPRISE attack — it definitely was!
The only thing that I didn’t enjoy so much in this book was that there were a LOT of characters. The first few books had a few characters from the movies and that was fine. We got to know the actual people of the books a lot more, but this book seemed to have a TON of movie characters — so much so that for my little brain (that doesn’t know more than the main characters) couldn’t entirely wrap around the quirks that make those characters unique. Of course, maybe that just means I have to watch the movies again.
The book ends with a ‘to be continued’ which is great — I hope the next book is just as fun! I think one of these days I’m going to have to try and tackle some Star Wars origami — I think it could be a lot of fun!