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Sideways Stories from Wayside School (original 1978; edition 1985)

by Louis Sachar, Adam McCauley (Illustrator), Julie Brincklo (Illustrator)

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By far one of my favorite books to read as a kid. Pretty sure I ruined the book from reading it so much haha ( )
  ShayLRoss | Mar 16, 2016 |
A classic.
  ClaraN | Mar 10, 2016 |
Wayside School was built sideways. Instead of being built 1 story high with 30 classrooms all in a row, it was built 30 stories high, with 1 classroom on each floor. The builder said he was very sorry. All kinds of crazy things happen at Wayside. The book consists of 30 stories about the kids in Mrs. Jewls class on the 30th story.

The Wayside School books were among my favorites as a child. They recently came up in a random conversation, and I couldn't resist the urge to read at least one of them again. While I'm not as in love with the stories as I was as a kid, I can see why they used to appeal to me so much because they're just so off the wall and silly. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
when Wayside school was "accidentally" built on top of another, thirty stories high, silly things happen. this book is about all the crazy things occurring inside these classrooms.
  taylortrost | Dec 2, 2015 |
I chose this book because I saw the play version of it at my high school. I wanted to see the comparison to the book to see how much of the information was expressed in the play. I really enjoyed this book because it was humorous and a fun read. Student who were reading this book could find the plot interesting, especially with a nasty witchy teacher like Mrs. Grudge. For example, when she turned one of the students into a frog, your students will enjoy that. The word usage is funky and their are some made up words that would help the students to learn how to pronounce word phonetically. The bigger picture of this book is truly for the fun reading aspect in elementary schools. You can have nice class discussions with this book and have your students use their imagination.
  jbahri1 | Nov 10, 2015 |
A fun book. ( )
  RBeene | Mar 17, 2015 |
This story is about a school that was built incorrectly. Instead of being built one story tall with 30 classrooms right next to each other, Wayside School was built 30 stories tall with only 1 room on each floor. The story focuses on room 30 in Mirs Jewls class. Each chapter goes through the classroom and introduces each student in the class. The weird thing about these students, is that they are all a little strange. Every part of the school is a strange place with a strange staff. THere are adventures on every floor. Genre: Fantasy becuase none of these stroies could, or would, happen. ( )
  amassingale | Mar 1, 2015 |
There was a terrible mistake-Wayside School was built with one classroom on top of another, thirty stories high! (The builder said he was sorry.) Maybe that's why all kinds of funny things happened at Wayside-especially on the thirteenth floor. This is one of my favorite books from my childhood. I enjoyed this read because it was silly and fun! The author makes a funny story into something that can be so real. The authors use of illustrations and cohesive text makes any kids come back for more. The text is easy to read and the chapters are equally spaced out. ( )
  eoertl1 | Dec 10, 2014 |
This book is about each and every student in one class and how different they are. But no matter how wacky or silly they are, they can always get along with each other. ( )
  Y-NhiVu | Nov 27, 2014 |
Wayside school was built with each room on top of another instead of side by side and crazy things happen there every day. This book is a bunch of small poems telling funny stories about things that happen here with all the students and the teacher.
I like this book because it is an easy read, it is something the students will enjoy and there are many lessons you can pull out of it; such as word sounds and even life lessons.
This boo would be especially good to help kids read on their own. I think primary grade students would love reading this book even just for fun.
  alyssasookdeo | Oct 21, 2014 |
I loved this book as a child. It is a must read for my classroom. I think it is unlike any other book. It brings in many topics while making children laugh.
  LaurenValencour | Oct 14, 2014 |
This book is about Wayside School. The school is thirty stories tall and sideways. Each chapter is about a different student in one class. The stories are as outrageous as they are hilarious. I have loved this book since I first read in it 2nd grade. I have reread it countless times. I don't know how I would use it specifically in my teaching, but I would definitely consider it for a class read-aloud. I would also have it in our class library. I would use this book with students in 3rd grade and older. I think it could be used for a unit on creative writing or exaggerations in writing.
  JeniseRedding | Oct 10, 2014 |
Many laughs with giggling boys. Silly, but unexpected and worth it...if it is just to remember a little of our childhood. ( )
  learn2laugh | Sep 14, 2014 |
This was a very silly book. It is about a class of children and their teacher, and each chapter is a story on each individual in turn. Though it is a chapter book, this is definitely classified as children's literature, for the actions of the characters and the humor in what they say and do is aimed toward and relatable to children today.

I first heard this story from the librarian at my elementary school in third grade and then read it on my own in fourth grade and found it absolutely hilarious. Though it's not quite my style now, I still can clearly see the appeal of this book to children and why they would want to read the stories over and over again--as an eight-year-old, who WOULDN'T want to read about kids trying to sell their toes or stealing each other's lunches or getting kicked over the fence? Eight-year-old me was enthralled by those things. ( )
  parejess | May 20, 2014 |
I loved these stories when I was in grade school! They are so inventive and awesomely weird. ( )
  Sarah_Buckley | Jan 3, 2014 |
30 stories of 30 people from different backgrounds and different personalities. ( )
  elliebstevens | Sep 4, 2013 |
I love love loved this as a kid. Why? Probably because it made no sense, a concept I had been encouraged to enjoy by my parents. There is no 19th floor, there is no Mrs. Zarves, that kind of madness. Is it the most intellectually stimulating book I've ever read? No. But they can't all be. They shouldn't all be. ( )
  AmberTheHuman | Aug 30, 2013 |
Sarchar is the Newbery award winner of the book Holes.

Built incorrectly, Wayside school is thirty classrooms tall and not thirty rooms in a row. The building is crocked and missing floor #19.

The students who attend are as wacky as the school.

The fight, they create, they laugh and they are filled with funny antics.

I read this with my nine year old grand daughter. She liked it and laughed right out loud.

I think this is a book that I could have skipped, except for the fact that I now have lovely memories of a giggly, blonde, giggly young lady who holds a special place in my heart. ( )
  Whisper1 | Aug 6, 2013 |
So funny. Great. I loved the sense of humor. There were so many unexpected things. ( )
  Yona | May 2, 2013 |
Dated. Some stories came across as mean sprited and bullying to my elementary kids. Some they didn't get the jokes as the author intended. use with caution. Don't book talk. ( )
  DeweyEver | Apr 30, 2013 |
Wayside School is out of the ordinary...the kids who go there aren't quite ordinary either. The school was built sideways, the teachers can turn their students into apples, teachers bring in kid flavored ice cream, and you learn your best when you are sleeping.

Young readers will enjoy how very different, but still the same, Wayside is from their school. The extreme situations kids may sometimes imagine actually happen at Wayside. Taking the idea of school so far from normalacy (but still relatable) makes this a laugh out loud riot to read. ( )
  agrudzien | Jan 25, 2013 |
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 would defiantly recomend this book to students that love to laugh. I will defiantly read this book to my students because I know that I love books that have humor and i would read more of them so hopefully this would make students want to read more. ( )
  gjchauvin504 | Nov 15, 2012 |
Antics at Wayside school are never boring.
  Bettyest | Jun 15, 2012 |
A good story to introduce at the beginning of the school year. This is about a class of silly students that live in a school that was built 30 stories up instead of 30 classrooms wide. The adventures never end between the teachers and the students. Your students are guaranteed to laugh at these funny stories. ( )
  cfalls | Apr 17, 2012 |
Genre: Fantasy

Review: This story was very comical and early elementary kids would love it. It was hard to choose a genre for this story because it was half one genre and half another almost. I made it fantasy because at the beginning of the book, the mean old teacher turns all her students into apples, which could never happen in real life. If it wasn't for this beginning to the story, I would have made it a realistic fiction because every student in a classroom is different and brings something unique to the class.

Media: pencils ( )
  Venisa | Mar 28, 2012 |
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