Fourth Grade Journey

A Fourth Grade Teacher's Journey Through the World of Books

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet by Tom Angleberger...

How I Heard About It:  Another book from a favorite series that I have been looking forward to reading.  The three books preceding this book are never on my classroom shelf.  It will be great to add this fourth installment to the Origami Yoda Saga. 

What It Is About:  This story follows the same format as the first three books which I think is genius and awesome.  The story takes up where book #3 left off.  This time the kids are faced with state-wide testing.  Many of their elective classes and activities are being taken away and replaced with a "program" to help raise test scores.  The students are outraged and decide that something must be done.  With the help of their "puppets", they decide to stage a rebellion to bring about change to their school.  They go up against their principal and it is a battle until the end.  

What I Thought Of It:  I think this series just gets better and better.  The books are a complete joy to read.  This time around the author takes on a current issue in education.  It was interesting to read about the students going against administration to protest the testing.  I believe many of our students who read this book will be able to relate to this.  The story, the puppets, the illustrations all contributed to a 5 star book!  

Who Should Read It:  For those students who have read the first three books, they of course need to read this book.  In my opinion independents readers in fourth and fifth grade would be able to handle this book easily.  Advanced readers in third grade would also be fine.  There might also be readers in sixth grade who would still enjoy this story, especially if they started the series years before.  Happy Reading!

Rating: 5 stars out of 5 stars

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