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  • Series: Wayside School
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (December 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380731487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380731480
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

The Wayside School was supposed to be one story high, with 30 classrooms side by side; instead, it was built sideways, with 30 one-classroom stories. As befits such a strange school, these tales are a bit strange too. In one, Jason is stuck to his seat by a large wad of chewing gum. His teacher tries throwing ice water on him (to chill the gum to brittleness) and turning him upside down. She even contemplates cutting his pants off. Finally, though, he falls from his upside-down position when kissed (ugh!) by one of the girls in the class. Other tales include a bit of a moral, such as the story of Kathy, whose assumption that no one will ever like her is proved right, or the story of Bebe, who draws quickly but without artistic merit. The quirky humor in this book is appealing to children, and it makes a good read-aloud book for the younger set. (Ages 5 to 12) --Richard Farr --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Praise for Louis Sachar: 'Louis Sachar is one of the few masters of American fiction' Independent on Sunday Praise for 'Holes': 'Magic and hard realism come crashing together. This is an extraordinary and unconventional novel' Observer 'An exceptionally good novel' Sunday Times Praise for 'Sideways Stories from Wayside School': 'Thirty clever, fast-moving stories that describe the bizarre events at Wayside School ... each story is refreshingly different' Guardian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I recommend this book for people who like comedy.
Danniel; I'm 9
Wayside School is a terrific book because there are hilarious stories in other stories.
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I am a 5th grade teacher and my class loves this book.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book was first read to me in the first grade. I am now in 8th, and have read it at least a million times. It is a hillarious book that can help kids see how everyone is different. Besides that, it's just so darn funny. I have read many books by Louis Sachar, and in my opinion he is the best author ever.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jane Doe on November 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am an adult and I really enjoyed this book. It is basically a quirky book with a very short story for each of the students in one particular class, plus the two teachers. (The first teacher is mean and comes to a funny demise.) So there are thirty short stories.

It is silly humor. For example, the mean teacher turns the students into apples, a girl tries to sell her toes (unsuccessfully), a dead rat disguises itself as a student, and so on.

Warning: The humor is black humor, but hilarious. So you may want to pre-read this book to see if it is appropriate for your child. But despite being black humor, everything ends well and for the best, sort of like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Junie B. Jones. This is not a "sweet" book, but it is fun!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By three60roundhouse on July 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
It opens with children-turned apples turning their teacher, Mrs. Gorf, into an apple and giving her to their gym teacher, Louis (the author) to eat.
Need I say more?
This book is hilarious. I could just see kids I know going to a school thirty stories tall, with a classroom on each side, struggling through torturous mosquito bites, a teacher who thinks you're a monkey, and all sorts of kooky and downright hilarious characters. I could read this over and over. It is so realistic, yet oh so spacy.
I first read this book when I was about seven or eight. I have read it over and over with each of my five younger siblings and it gets funnier each time. Sachar has a way of appealing to all audiences.
Parents, the Wayside school series is the easiest way to get boob-tube obsessed kids to read a good book for a change.
And it is a good book!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DanD VINE VOICE on July 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
I recently dug this book out from beneath a lot of my childhood stuff. My dad read it to me when I was just a little kid; at 18, I just reread it, and enjoyed it as much, if not more so--because now I could read between the lines.
Thirty chapters. Each one is like a fable--an entertaining story, a nugget of truth woven into the fabric of each one. Peer pressure, politeness, standing up for yourself...sometimes the lessons are direct, sometimes they are subtle. Maybe kids won't understand them exactly, but they'll certainly remember the stories and remember the lessons thus.
The story:
There is something very wrong with Wayside School. It was built sideways--instead of one story with 30 rooms, is has 30 stories and one room per story. No nineteenth story, though, meaning that Miss Zarves, who teaches there, doesn't exist, either.
At Wayside, students have the tendency to get turned into apples; those pesky dead rats, who live in the basement, are always trying to get into class; sleeping through class is considered educational; turning the lights on and off is a task not just anyone can do; you can help yourself to ice cream with the flavor of your fellow students, but please refrain from biting your classmates; the lunch lady just can't ruin milk, no matter how hard she tries; mosquito bites are great for counting purposes; your two missing teeth are the best in the whole world, as are the hat you aren't wearing and the joke you didn't tell; only being able to read upside down ain't much of a problem, after all; where toes cost a nickel apiece, unless they're little runts; trading names consists of spinning around really fast until you don't know who's who; if two plus two doesn't equal four, watch out; and where you need a reason to be sad, but not to be happy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matt Hetling on March 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
A loosely connected set of stories about the classroom on the top of Wayside School, which is peculiar in that the building was accidentally constructed sideways, with thirty small floors instead of one sprawling level. Each chapter bears the name of a particular student, who is generally the focus of the story. The stories themselves are whimsical, ranging from a boy who is tempted to pull the pigtails of the girl sitting in front of him to a rat attempting to pose as a student.

The Good and the Bad:

I like that Sachar has written a new kind of children's book, which can occasionally teach a lesson or thread a coherent story, but is mostly focused on entertaining the reader. The stories are loosely connected, but work as stand-alones, making it ideal for a nightly bedtime story. That some of the stories fall flat doesn't matter so much, since there is always the next story to rescue the moment. Unlike Holes, which I would have to describe as his masterpiece, there is very little that is touching or asks for emotional investment. Instead, we get pure silliness.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
In this book you will read about many strange characters. All the kids have one thing in common, they all hate Mrs.Gorf. Mrs.Gorf is the first character you will read about,but you will here of her again. Wayside school was built wrong. Instead of having thirty classrooms all together on one floor, it has thirty stories with one classroom on each floor. Plus, There is no ninteenth floor. Mrs.Zarves teaches on the ninteenth floor. There is no Mrs.Zarves. Never go in the basement. And never go to school on a sunday. I recomend this book to people how like funny stories with no main characters. This book is the first in the series. There is...

1. Sideways Stories from Wayside School

2. Wayside School is falling Down

3. Wayside School gets a Little Stranger and

4. Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School

I loved them all. I hope you do too!!!!!
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