Questions from a Kid: Tom Angleberger


(previous interviews in this series can be found here.)

Welcome to another installment of Questions From a Kid. Today, Zoey chats with author Tom Angleberger.

To say that Zoey is a fan of his is a massive understatement. We first encountered the Origami Yoda books on a roadtrip. We had gone to the library to stock up on some audiobooks, and Zoey grabbed the first two books in the series: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Darth Paper Strikes Back. She was already a Star Wars fan, and she was really intrigued by the covers of each book.

That turned out to be the easiest road trip ever. Both kids were riveted to the stories and barely spoke at all. Heaven.

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McToad Mows Tiny Island


  • McToad Mows Tiny Island
  • written by Tom Angleberger
  • illustrated by John Hendrix
  • published by Abrams Books for Young Readers (2015)
  • Roar Score: 5/5

I think I’ve mentioned it before, but Tom Angleberger is kind of big deal in this house. As the author of the Origami Yoda series, his books (well, the audiobook versions of them) are on an endless loop in my daughter’s bedroom.

It was therefore with great excitement that I caught up with him at this year’s Book Expo America and grabbed a copy of his new picture book, McToad Mows Tiny Island.

It’s a picture book, so it’s certainly shorter than something like Origami Yoda, but it still delivers the goods…big time. The story is simply dripping with Angleberger’s humor, and the illustrations by John Hendrix are a perfect match for the story.

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