the secret of the fortune wookie by tom angleberger

Have you heard of origami yoda? If you haven’t, you are seriously missing out. I know these books are more for the Diary of a Wimpy Kid audience, but if you are a Star Wars fan of any age, you will love these books. And they’re not just for boys either – my daughter likes them, as do I. Let’s face it, Star Wars is for everyone. 🙂

Anyway, I just finished this book tonight with my daughter and we are already looking forward to the next installment, Art2-D2 coming March 2013.

So what’s the theology skinny on these books?

Theology: Look to the force you should

God is not discussed in any way, shape, or form in these novels. The kids look to these origami characters for advice, some might consider it prophesy or fortune telling (I don’t personally). So some parents might have concerns. If you’re the kind of parent that didn’t want your kids to read Harry Potter because it was about witchcraft, then you probably won’t like these books for your kids either. But we’re not talking ouija boards or the occult here, we’re talking about a creative expression of kid wisdom. It’s a fun read with a lot of Star Wars references, and I don’t worry that my daughter is going to seek spiritual guidance from folded paper. Don’t take it from me, read it and decide for yourself if you’re worried.

Rating: G

The only profanity looks like this – #$%&!!!. Good, family friendly fun. Nothing to worry about.

Social Issues

The themes in this book are individualism vs. conformity. Acceptance for who you are, not who people think you are. There is some fun poked at ridiculous school administration initiatives and teachers that don’t ‘get it.’ The library is the only cool place to hang out (because the librarian is cool, of course).

This is the third book in a series. So you might want to check out the first two before you read this one. They are all good reads. And with origami instructions at the back of the books, how can you go wrong?

4 thoughts on “the secret of the fortune wookie by tom angleberger

    1. They’re novels. There are instructions in the back but you have to supply your own paper. I guess you could rip a page out of the book, but I wouldn’t suggest it. 😉


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