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Product Details

  • Series: Wayside School
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reissue edition (December 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380731495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380731497
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Revolving around the substitute teachers that the students of this zany school must endure, the 30 stories here will delight devotees of the Wayside School; according to PW, Sachar's supply of plot twists and plays on words are "inexhaustible." Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6-It took 243 days to get rid of all the cows and now the world's wackiest school is open again. That may explain the coffee pots, potatoes, and pencil sharpeners flying out of the windows of Mrs. Drazil's class. Or the dogs, cats and skunks causing an uproar on the thirtieth floor. By Louis Sachar.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

More About the Author

author spotlight
Newbery Award-winning author Louis Sachar is the creator of the entertaining Marvin Redpost books as well as the much-loved There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, winner of 17 child-voted state awards.

Louis Sachar's book Holes, winner of the 1999 Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, is also an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Quick Pick, an ALA Notable Book, and was made into a major motion picture.

A Few Words From Louis Sachar
Of all the characters from Holes, why did you choose to revisit Armpit in SMALL STEPS?
LS: I tend to write about underdogs. It seemed to me that life would be tough for an African-American teenager from a low-income family with a criminal record. Especially someone stuck with the name, "Armpit."
Although this new book is about a character from Holes, the two books are very different. How would you explain to a fan of Holes what to expect from SMALL STEPS?
LS: I can't. I'm no good at describing my books. Holes has been out now for seven years, and I still can't come up with a good answer when asked what that book is about.
Could you imagine future novels about any of the other boys?
Do you think about what Stanley is up to now?
LS: I don't think too much about Stanley or Zero. I left them in a good place. Although money doesn't bring happiness, or give meaning to someone's life, the problems Stanley and Zero face now (and I'm sure they do face many problems) are less interesting than those faced by someone like Armpit.
Plenty of teenagers fantasize about what it would be like to be a young rock star.
You portray it as lonely. Tell us about that decision.
LS: The media tends to portray the teenage world as one where drinking and sex is taken for granted. In fact, I think most teenagers don't drink, are unsure of themselves, and feel awkward around members of the opposite sex. I thought it was important to show Kaira, a rock star no less, as such a person. Her situation, in many ways, is made more difficult as she has no social contact with anyone her age. She is trapped in a world of agents, record producers, and hanger-ons.
I'm imagining that off all the books you've written, Holes is the one that has changed your life the most. Not only did it win the Newbery Medal, it's also simply a popular sensation. Is this assessment accurate? What is this novel's continuing impact on your life? Would you consider it the book that you are proudest of?
LS: Not counting Small Steps, I think Holes is my best book, in terms of plot, and setting, and the way the story revealed itself. It hasn't changed my life, other than that I have more money than I did before I wrote it. I'm still too close to Small Steps to compare it to Holes.
Why do you typically write only two hours each day?
LS: Small steps. Every time I start a new novel it seems like an impossible undertaking. If I tried to do too much too quickly, I would get lost and feel overwhelmed. I have to go slow, and give things a chance to take form and grow.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
"Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger" by Louis Sachar is a hiliarious sequel to "Wayside School is Falling Down" also by Louis Sachar. This story takes place in a quite abnormal school. A school that was supposed to be built thirty classrooms side by side, but instead built thirty classrooms one on top of another.A thirty story building with no nineteenth story. The builder said he was very sorry. In "Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger" we get to meet the characters. There's Sharie who sleeps all day. Kathy who hates everyone. Todd who always get sent home on the kindergarten bus. Ms. Gorf who turns the children into apples, Louis the best yard teacher ever,and a few more teachers and students. In this book, Wayside School is closed to get rid of the........cows! Once the school reopens the fun starts. Doors become goozacks and the children loose their vocies, compleatly. Each chapter in this book gets funnier and stranger. Both books are so funny you won't be able to put them down.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S.M.F. on December 21, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
For 12 years, I've been reading these books to my students and they love them. When I see them check out these books to read on their own, it makes me so happy! I've read this to all my classes from 2nd grade to 5th grade. They absolutely love them!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matt Hetling on November 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
Thirty more chapters in the story of Wayside School, which is thirty stories high since it was accidentally built on its side. This is a great book, and probably my favorite in the Wayside School series. The stories are phenomenally quirky, and maintain an upbeat sense of optimism without preaching at all. Nearly all of the chapters work as stand-alone stories, although their degree of interrelatedness grows towards the end. For me, there were two standout stories. In the first, a boy is sent to the counselor because he can't stop himself from pulling Leslie's pigtails. He is hypnotized to stop, but also to see her ears as delicious candy when she uses the word pencil. In the last few paragraphs, Leslie breaks her pencil point, sharpens it, and then drops it beneath Paul's desk, but never uses the word pencil, ending the story without the expected climax. In the other one, a substitute teacher arrives with a third nostril, through which he sucks up the voice of every child as he or she speaks. Eventually the cafeteria worker Miss Mush saves the day with a Pepper-Pie-induced sneezing fit returning things to normal. I am so glad that one of Sachar's books was made into a movie that I enjoyed, because otherwise I would never have heard of him.

The Good and the Bad:

The writing is accessible and funny, to both young people and adults. The level of silliness is perfect, although there is one schmaltzy moment at the end that seemed out of whack with the rest of the book. But since this is an isolated incident, I'll give it a pass; kids will probably eat it up anyhow, and a book of thirty stories can afford to have one strong moral, I suppose.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 25, 2004
Format: Audio Cassette
Wayside school was a great book. This book was good cause it was funny, outragious, and most of all it was written by Louis Sac. This is the third book of this series it was funny cause every bodoy who went to this school was coming back after the cows attack. Sorry but that is all I can tell you right now. READ TO FIND OUT IF THE COW COME BACK? MMMOOOO!!!!!(...)

I loved this book cause you can read it over and over again and it won't get old ever. This book is great for the fammily even if you don't like the first one this one is funnier. this would be great for anyone in the k-9 grades . So go and read it to anyone
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
When I first bought this book,I said to my dad,"How the heck can Wayside School get any stranger?" Well,it did! READ THIS!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Ever heard of a thirty story building without a nineteenth floor? Well in the hilarious book Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger by Louis Sachar, that's exactly the case. After closing down the school for repairs, for a very long 242 days, the children return to their school and reunite with their beloved teacher Mrs. Jewels. Happy at first, Mrs. Jewels breaks the news that she is pregnant and needs to depart from the school. The kids have a series of substitutes that are very. . . interesting, to say the least! For instance, on of the substitutes named Mrs. Drazil makes a kid student from 20 years ago do missing work from when she was his teacher! No talking in class has a new meaning. Come on the exciting roller coaster labeled Wayside School and experience the ups and downs of this wonderful fifth grade class.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
The stories about Mrs. Jewls' class get even wackier in the third book about the school that was built sideways. In "Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger", we start off knowing that Wayside School was closed for 243 days (excuse me if I'm not right). Then it finally re-opens and all the kids are overjoyed. Over the next couple of weeks, Dameon notices something different about Mrs. Jewls. She tells the class she is going to have a baby, so that means they're going to have a substitue teacher (or a couple). The first one, Mr. Gorf, can in-hale people's voices up his nose. The next, Mrs. Drazil, Louis' former teacher, makes Louis civilized and can really be quite mean. The last one, Ms. Nogard, has an ear on her head, and falls in love with Louis. This was a great book and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
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