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Sideways Stories From Wayside School (original 1978; edition 2001)

by Louis Sachar (Author)

Series: Wayside School (1)

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Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.
Title:Sideways Stories From Wayside School
Authors:Louis Sachar (Author)
Info:Scholastic (2001), Edition: First Scholastic Print, 118 pages
Collections:Olivia's Books

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Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar (1978)

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    The Classroom at the End of the Hall by Douglas Evans (infiniteletters)
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    Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School by Louis Sachar (Anonymous user)
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    Skipping Stones at the Center of the Earth by Andy Hueller (LAKobow)
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    Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde (changsbooks)
    changsbooks: If you loved the Wayside School series as a kid, it's time to graduate to Jasper Fforde's own brand of absurdism.

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Growing up this was my jam!

Somehow it eluded my child brain that Louis Sachar had written all of these books and more. I didn't realize he wrote Holes and Wayside School, and also every other book that I really really liked at the time. It seems like this man really wrote a bunch of books and I never noticed that they were all by the same person, and I'm sure he wrote even more books that I haven't read and I needed to read as a child. And there's something whimsical about how when you're a child you don't know the author is the same as another book and sometimes you sit in the same section staring at all these books by this one author and never realized they're correlated.

I've never really met anybody who either didn't remember this book or couldn't remember this book. If they had read this book at all in their life all I would need to do is remind them of a certain scene and it would immediately come flooding back. This was such a fun book series that I remember singing songs from it on the playground and somebody knowing what book I was singing from.

That said this book absolutely messed me up and so did the other books in this series. I was maybe six and I was reading about a teacher wiggling her ears and turning kids into apples and then the idea of cannibalism maybe? Because if you're students are apples and you eat apples is that not cannibalism? And what if another kid walks in and eats the apples that are also their students? What happens if say a pair of twins one of them gets turned into an apple and the other twin walks in and eats that twin how do you explain that? The ideas that those single scenes cause me to think about probably stayed in my head forever.

I didn't even know what cannibalism was as a child and still I was thinking it's weird that somebody's an apple now does that mean they can be eaten? Would that be a legal? Would they look for the body? I guess there's a little bit of Law and Order going on in my brain even as a child.

The writing was very simple but there is something whimsical about it it gave you just enough to form a picture but enough vagueness that your mind would give more details that didn't exist. The teacher that turns people into apples for example I always imagined her with bigger ears and kind of a more bat face and it turns out that she's not really described as having a bad face but it stuck in my brain is that was in the book. Which is wonderful, Louis has a skill at making us think of details that never existed and sort of Mandela effecting our brain.

There are some flaws and outdated things like obviously some kids are called ginger and some kids are called fat or poorly, but I think that that adds to the childishness of this book. These are children talking about each other and talking like children do, the only difference is between them is usually size, height, and weight. Along with hair color. And in a school like this they very quickly stop focusing on each other and focus on everything else around them.

Even though the flaws are there they add to it instead of taking from it. A rarity among writing. We know that the children are not perfect, what children are? And some of them have nasty habits and nasty flaws.

I cannot think this book enough nor the entire series for shaping me and helping me have a little bit more of a comedy bone growing in me. Louis has such skill with comedy that we fans really miss this guy and I sure hope he's doing well. I have never really looked into his life or if he still writing, I just hope that he knows he really shaped a lot of people's childhoods and it changed some of us.

Holes will always have its place I'm my heart, and it's right beside Wayside School. Perhaps Wayside School will fall into Holes.

5 stars ( )
  Yolken | Feb 13, 2023 |
2017 re-read: It has definitely lost some of its charm now that I'm older but it's still quite entertaining. Louis Sachar captures really well the kind of absurd and nonsensical humour that kids love. ( )
  serru | Oct 6, 2022 |
This re-read was a fun trip down memory lane. I haven't read the original Wayside School trilogy since I was a kid. While these stories are definitely aimed at children (younger than middle grade age), they are still enjoyable to read as an adult. ( )
  ca.bookwyrm | Sep 29, 2022 |
Mentioned in a blog post at https://booksbeyondbinaries.blog/2020/07/20/chapter-books-whats-good/ (July 20th release)
  emmy_of_spines | Sep 8, 2022 |
This is one of the weirdest books I've read in my whole life.
I mean that in the best way possible.
I would have loved this book as a kid.
I'm sure kids will love it.

(My personal rating is 3.7*) ( )
  QuirkyCat_13 | Jun 20, 2022 |
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In memory of Robert J. Sachar
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