Lots of middle grade books have disruptive or mischievous characters. But usually they engage in silly behavior to get attention or just because the narrative requires it. This book is different. The characters here are certainly disruptive, but it's in a surprisingly good cause. I liked this series originally because I thought Angleberger had a nice bead on middle graders and middle grade life, and could create interesting and appealing characters. But with this book he has focused the kids' energies and given them something worthwhile to take a stand on. Did not see that coming. This is subversive and enlightening stuff, and elevates the series way beyond the Star Wars puns and deadpan throwaways, (which were fun enough on their own), to a sort of thinking kids' Zen silliness. A very nice change of pace sort of read.
My 11 year old loves stories but prefers being read to than reading for himself. These books together with Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson" series have turned him from a reluctant into a voracious reader. I can't recommend them highly enough
"I loved it," said my 8-yr-old! "I actually gasped at the end. Making the puppets is really, really, really tricky. It is a fun book." We ended up buying a few of the same series, which our son read very fast, and we had origami creations all around the house.
Mi kids already read the three previous book, and could barely wait to read the fourth, nice way to approach kids to reading, even if they are not fans of books. I truly recommend it. looking forward for the fifth.