Persuasive Essay 2015 Honorable Mention

Cassidy Furutani
Grade 5
Kaneohe Elementary

Funky Fashion Faux Pas

Fashion alert! Fashion alert! OMG, did you see Dwight’s new sweater? These were probably the thoughts that were going through Kellen’s head when Dwight entered the McQuarrie Middle School’s library right before school started. Sixth graders, Dwight and Kellen, are not the best of friends. Dwight is known for being a weirdo; all he seems to do is sit in holes and talk to his Origami Yoda finger puppet. Kellen is the kind of guy who everyone wants to hang out with. He is a trustworthy friend, who is easy to talk to. This is a scene from The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger. Many readers may think this is just a book filled with lightsabers and a crumpled piece of origami paper, but it also beholds imagery, hyperboles, and amazing messages.  I am happy to say that the 2014 Nene Award winner has “the force” within it.

For one thing, this scene is full of imagery: “Mostly, I remember the puffballs all over it. It was barf green with a black stripe, but the puffballs were pink. Massive buttons and a letter D on the front. On the back, was an orange reindeer.” Pink and barf green definitely do not go together. Does barf green go with anything? I am not usually a fashion critic, but this is a little too much, even for Dwight. I do not even think my grandma wears those vests anymore. If Dwight is eager for friends, should he not try to blend in, instead of sticking out? I do not know about you, but I think that Dwight is a pretty good guy. He just really needs to get a new wardrobe.

Furthermore, there is a hyperbole in this scene. When Dwight comes to school wearing this outrageous outfit, many students are gossiping about his fashion choices; even the boys seemed to be disturbed. They started saying things like, “There’s only one kid in the whole school that would ever in a million years come to school wearing that sweater vest.” I am pretty sure that someone would come to school wearing something as ugly and humiliating again. Maybe someone in the next generation of Dwight’s family will come to school wearing red polka dotted underpants over neon yellow pants. Or maybe a one-piece, Star Wars pajamas, with two huge Ds on the cuffs of his sleeves. Who knows what that family will come up with next?

Lastly, there is an amazing message in this scene: We should all be able to wear what we want to wear without caring what others think about us. After I read this chapter, I thought about my personal life at school and realized that most kids care what they wear. Dwight, on the other hand, does not care and will wear anything that is comfortable to him. I do not really care about what I look like, but I always make sure that my appearance is acceptable and that my clothing does not feel scratchy. Along with this message, I also want you to think about making others feel good about what they look like. Simply say something like, “Hey, nice t-shirt! Where did you get it from?” I am sure that making others feel good about themselves will make you feel good about who you are too!

In conclusion, this scene is one reason why this is a “must read” book! It beholds incredible imagery, hyperboles, and amazing messages that will change your lifestyle forever! So remember, next time you do not have a book to read, request The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger, and I promise that it will not disappoint you.