EMPEROR PICKLETINE RIDES THE BUS by Tom Angleberger

EMPEROR PICKLETINE RIDES THE BUS

From the "Origami Yoda" series, volume 6
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Age Range: 9 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

A daylong field trip without origami? Nostrul! Er, awful!

Tommy and his fellow seventh-grade Star Wars (and origami) fanatics are ready to go on the field trip they worked so hard to get reinstated in Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue (2014), but despite her softened stance, Principal Rabbski imposes a rule banning origami on the trip. Tommy and company open a new case file to chronicle how (or if) they will survive the trip. The students take turns narrating, recording the mistakes, the misunderstandings, the secret cellphones and secret origami…thankfully Dwight, customary custodian of Origami Yoda, brought plenty of lime fruit roll-ups to create Fruitigami Yoda. However, disbeliever Harvey has smuggled his evil origami Emperor Pickletine (with real pickle head) on the trip, and he’s Tommy’s bus buddy. Will Harvey drive him crazy? Will Tommy get to kiss Sara? Will Fruitigami Yoda be as helpful as his origami incarnation? And what of those standardized tests the students fought so hard against? The final Origami Yoda case file has all the answers! Angleberger closes his six-plus–volume (there is a companion origami manual with stories) series of doodle-filled Star Wars paeans with an enjoyable, funny and realistic denouement that nicely wraps up most of the series storylines. Age-appropriate boy-girl relationships add to the authenticity of the characters, who will soon be eighth graders.

One last time: “stooky!” (Er, “fantastic!”) (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 9-12)

Pub Date: Aug. 12th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4197-0933-3
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Amulet/Abrams
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