Angleberger, T. (2013). The surprise attack of Jabba the Puppett: an Origami Yoda book. New York: Amulet Books.
“Captain” Dwight and Origami Yoda return to McQuarrie Middle School just in time to wage battle against a powerful new enemy in Angleberger’s latest installment of this popular series. In The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett, Kellan, Sara, and the gang need Dwight and Origami Yoda’s help fighting a new and powerful enemy: the FunTime Educational Program Menace, a diabolical test-prep service. FunTime is supposed to raise students’ test scores; instead, it’s driving everyone at McQuarrie crazy with its obnoxious Professor FunTime and his singing calculator! When Principal Rabbski cancels the students’ field trip, 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, so the students must form a Rebel Alliance.
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Tom Angleberger delivers a clever, funny crowd-pleaser in a diary-style case file for students in grades 3-6 which is packed with doodles and the voices of key characters in the book’s rebellion. The messages of uniting for the greater good and standing up for one’s beliefs and the importance of real learning and the role of the arts and creative expression in education are fantastic ones. Readers can’t help but cheer for the kids as they stand up for what they believe in. The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett is an enjoyable, entertaining, and charming book from Angleberger.