Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue: Origami Yoda, Book 5
By Barbara Schultz,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Students stand up to principal and bullies in clever sequel.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Elementary school readers learn what middle school is like. All fans of the Origami Yoda series will be exposed to topics that affect their own education, such as the issue of "teaching to the test" and the importance of arts education.
All of the Origami Yoda books let young readers know that kids can make a difference, though their world is ruled by grown-ups. This volume, like the previous installment, The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett, shows that a good school improves minds, not just test scores.
Positive Role Models
Principal Rabbski surprises the students with her courage and caring when she supports them instead of the school board. The members of the Rebel Alliance set a great example when they stand up for friends who are bullied and teased and when they refuse to accept a solution to Fun Time that only benefits gifted students.
Violence & Scariness
These characters adore Star Wars and identify themselves as a "Rebel Alliance," but none of the conflicts in the book is physically violent.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two middle schoolers lean toward each other and almost kiss, but they're interrupted.
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After a boy is bullied, another student tells his friends that the bullies "crapped all over" their victim. Students discuss the difference between using the word "gay" in a matter-of-fact way vs. using it as an insult. They are upset because a couple of boys have been calling their friend "gay" as an insult. Some of the girls at McQuarrie Middle School judge each other for having the "wrong" clothes or shoes; they call a poor girl's boots "butt boots."
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Products & Purchases
As in the other Origami Yoda books, this one encourages a benign Star Wars obsession. The author also names a character Tater Tot. Characters read numerous popular graphic novels and eat Frosties at Wendy's. One of the electives the students hope to restore is a Lego-engineering class.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue! is the fifth novel in Tom Angleberger's bestselling Origami Yoda series. It continues the topical plot that started in Book 4, concerning the McQuarrie Middle School students' objection to an inane test-prep course ("Fun Time!") that has replaced all of their beloved electives (art, music, drama, and Lego engineering). Star Wars characters and the Rebel Alliance become symbols of the students' mission to force their principal to restore their classes. The book offers a kid's-eye view of what happens when schools merely "teach to the test." It also includes an incident of bullying because of a student's perceived sexual orientation. Two middle schoolers come close to kissing, and two others go on a chaperoned date to Wendy's for Frosties.
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What's the Story?
PRINCESS LABELMAKER TO THE RESCUE! picks up where author Tom Angleberger's The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet left off. Taking inspiration from their beloved Star Wars, the students of McQuarrie Middle School have formed a "Rebel Alliance" to oppose the "Fun Time!" test-prep program that's replaced all their elective classes, and to force their principal, Ms. Rabbski, to restore their art, music, drama, and Lego-engineering classes. The students keep a written record of all their rebellious activities, which also include saving a poor student from ridicule over her knockoff boots and showing great, creative support for a friend who's been bullied. Somehow the children's "case file" falls into the hands of Principal Rabbski, and the students can only hope it won't spell disaster for the Rebel Alliance's fight to defeat "Fun Time."
Is It Any Good?
This book follows in the same vein as other Origami Yoda novels, with an entertaining use of Star Wars references, clever plot twists, and a lighthearted take on topical issues affecting education.
In this installment, the students also show their empathy for classmates who are teased and bullied. Angleberger has a wonderful ability to amuse young readers, while his characters fight the good fight for their school and their friends.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about standardized tests at school. Do you get nervous before you take a big test?
How does Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue! compare with other books in the series? Do you like it as much? Which is your favorite so far? Do you think the author will write more?
Try making your own Princess Leah finger puppet, using the directions at the back of the book.
- Author: Tom Angleberger
- Illustrator: Tom Angleberger
- Genre: School
- Topics: Puppets
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Amulet Books
- Publication date: March 7, 2014
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
- Number of pages: 208
- Available on: Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: July 12, 2017
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