When Louis Sachar was going to school, his teachers always pronounced his name wrong. Now that he has become a popular author of children’s books, teachers all over the country are pronouncing his name wrong. It should be pronounced “Sacker,” like someone who tackles quarterbacks or someone who stuffs potatoes into sacks.
Mr. Sachar received a B.A. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. His first book, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, was accepted for publication during his first year of law school. After receiving his law degree, he spent six years asking himself whether he wanted to be an author or a lawyer before deciding to write for children full-time. His books include Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, Wayside School is Falling Down, Dogs Don’t Tell Jokes, and the Marvin Redpost series.
Louis Sachar lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and their daughter, Sherre.
This set encompasses three volumes of short stories, written over several decades. Sachar reads tales ranging from hilarious to ridiculous, zany, shaggy, and just plain odd. Most are set in Wayside School, a strange place in itself, being 30 floors tall with just one room per floor. While the cast of characters remains the same, each story focuses on a different child or teacher. The first title, SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL, is by far the funniest as the quirks of specific children and teachers are dealt with in ingenious and clever ways. Sachar's deliberately paced reading is sometimes gravelly and awkward, a style that, perhaps, is meant to appeal to the middle school listeners who love these books. R.H.H. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Perfect starter series for my eight y.o. He reads them over and over. I wish more had been written!Published 4 days ago by PayneAS
My 3rd grader (nine year old son) thinks these are the funniest, best reads yet. They totally helped him transition into becoming an avid silent reader - on his own - as the... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Karetha DellGrottaglia
I remember reading these as a child, so I bought them as a gift for a 6 year old girl. She loves them! The packaging was great and it arrived in perfect conditionPublished 18 days ago by amanda
Love these books! It's so rare to find children's books that are as fun for adults to read aloud. Witty and entertaining and filled with off-kilter humor.Published 20 days ago by Bug Artist
I'm a little disappointed that these aren't the same illustrations as the ones I read when I was in 3rd grade. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Tephie
My 8 yr old daughter loves this box set and I remember reading some of these as a child. Great set at a great price.Published 28 days ago by JTemp034
I loved these books as a child, and I was ecstatic to find them together for a low price. The books are still laugh-out-loud funny, even twenty years later.Published 29 days ago by Ashley
These books are great. I remember my second grade teacher reading them to us in class. I thought I would get them for my son now to enjoy and he loves them. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rachel Gremmell