Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus: An Origami Yoda Book (The Strange Case of Origami Yoda) Hardcover – 1 Sep 2014
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'Fans of the series won't want to miss the satisfying conclusion.' --Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, School Library Journal (11/01/2014)
About the Author
Tom Angleberger is the author of the bestselling Origami Yoda series. He is also the author of Horton Halfpott and Fake Mustache.
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it did a really good job of tying up loose ends
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves star wars!
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I was slightly disappointed to pick up the final book of the series, "Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus," and find a slight drop in quality. It's still a fun read, but not quite as good as the rest of the series.
"Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue" ended with the seventh graders of McQuarrie Middle School having defeated the FunTime Menace and preparing for their field trip to Washington DC, something FunTime would have denied them. But what promised to be a fun trip is quickly spiraling out of control -- Principal Rabbski is grumpier than ever, the buses are cramped and smelly, and Harvey is back to his old ornery ways, annoying and threatening everyone on his bus with a half-origami, half-pickle puppet he dubs "Emperor Pickletine." And worse, the eccentric Dwight's mysterious partner Origami Yoda can't help -- the principal has banned origami on this trip! But Dwight proves to be more resourceful than everyone realizes, and with the help of a pack of fruit snacks and some ingenuity he just may save the field trip from total disaster.
As always, the book provides a colorful cast of characters that acts realistically. It's refreshing to see a book about REAL kids instead of miniature adults, and see that the kids aren't always outsmarting the adults or having all their schemes turn out perfectly. Dwight is still Dwight, of course, and Harvey's slid back into his role as a series villain, but for the most part the characters have evolved over the course of the story, and it's refreshing to see them learn and grow.
The various nods to the Star Wars franchise, both in the text and via Kellen's doodles in the margins, are always fun as well. It does mean that kids (and adults) will probably get more out of this series if they've seen at least some of the films, but it still makes the books a real treat for both the casual and the hardcore fan. And as always, the book comes with instructions for your own origami Star Wars characters throughout.
My beef with this book? With the FunTime menace abolished in the previous book, it feels as if there's nothing for the characters to work for in this book. There's no urgency, no sense of something that needs to be accomplished -- no proving whether or not Origami Yoda can really tell the future, no saving Dwight, no battle against FunTime, etc. And without something to drive a real plot, it feels rather episodic in nature, a bunch of unrelated incidents strung together to make a book. And while I'm sure Angelberger can fill books for YEARS with the exploits of Dwight, Tommy, Harvey, Kellen, and all the others, it helps if there's an actual plot and not just "wacky adventures" to carry the story.
I think this book would have worked better if the final confrontation with FunTime had taken place in THIS book instead of in the previous one. It would have made for a more satisfying conclusion to the series than just following a field trip gone nuts.
Complaint about the plot aside, this is still a fun and enjoyable addition to the Origami Yoda series, and a good ending to the series as a whole. The end does hint that we may not have seen the last of Yoda and gang, though, so keep your eyes open...
Could somebody have gotten lost in D.C. during the field trip, wandered off into another museum, or broke something at one of the museums and needed the origami characters to help them? Then with the lack of fruit roll ups they had to figure things out for themselves thus culminating with Ghost Yoda.
For me the plot points were never fleshed out and the book meandered its way around. The other books in this series seemed to have something to say about friendship, adversity- you know an overall message about life. Well this one did not for me. I think it was suppose to be about how they could do it for themselves from now on and did not need Yoda anymore except it was not incorporated into the plot. In the last case file it just jumps out and feels disjointed to me.
Not that the book is bad or anything. It just was not as good as the others. There was such a high bar set with the rest of the series and this unfortunately fell a bit short for me.
Don't get me wrong - It is still totally worth reading and entertaining just not as good as some of the other's in the series.
Hopefully he will bring Yoda back in the future and really go out on a high note.
In terms of the series as a whole, it is really the first series that my son and I agreed upon as being good. Before that, he was reading books like Captain Underpants, which (aside from the fact that I figured that any reading was good) didn’t appeal to me at all. Not only do I think that the content is more enlightening than many other books for this age group, but they also tend to get children interested in origami, which is a great hobby. My son was obsessed with it for a while, especially since you can go on Youtube and see the author of the book showing how to make all the different characters that are mentioned. The origami hobby also feeds back into interest in the books, and it gets him discussing what he’s ready, which is always a good thing. I really have nothing negative to say about it.
My son picked up another of Tom's book's recently - Fake Mustache: Or, How Jodie O'Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind and literally could not put it down. When he finished it, he said, "Tom Angleberger makes everything interesting." I agree. Thanks, Tom, for making something my kid could devour, and for validating his faith in books and writers!