Sideways Stories from Wayside School (Wayside School Series #1)

Sideways Stories from Wayside School (Wayside School Series #1)


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Bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning author Louis Sachar knows how to make readers laugh. And there are laughs galore in perennial favorite Sideways Stories from Wayside School!

Accidentally built sideways and standing thirty stories high (the builder said he was very sorry for the mistake), Wayside School has some of the wackiest classes in town, especially on the thirtieth floor. That’s where you’ll meet Bebe, the fastest draw in art class; John, who only reads upside down; Myron, the best class president, ever; and Sammy, the new kid—he’s a real rat.

More than nine million readers have laughed at the clever and hilarious stories of Wayside School. So what are you waiting for? Come visit Wayside School!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380698714
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Series: Wayside School Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 6,796
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 530L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

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's 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 Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Wayside School Is Falling Down, Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, and Holes, winner of a Newbery Medal and National Book Award.

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Sideways Stories from Wayside School 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 106 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was desperately seeking a book that would inspire a love of reading in my 9 year old. She hated reading. A friend of mine is a school teacher and she highly reccommended this book. My child loved this book! I could hear her laughing as she read it. Truly excellent.
SELFMADENJ More than 1 year ago
I love this book!! My teacher read it in class all the time when I was in 4th grade. I'm 30 now and I have been looking for it so that my children can read it!!!!! Thanks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a chapter in this series with my friend's son each night. The characters keep him interested and engaged. The comedy of each special "wayside" situation provides lots of conversation points with my favorite six year old. The writing is easy enough for him to practice reading the lines of each character, and the situations silly enough that we make it to the end of the chapter laughing! Some of the content might be edgy for some parents, so it is important to read the content in advance so you are prepared to answer questions about a smelly rat or the pulling of braids. I highly HIGHLY recommend this book to any parent or grandparent looking for a way to get a child, especially a boy, interested in reading.
tx_shorttcake More than 1 year ago
my teacher used to read this book in class when i was still a kid in elementry school and it was one of my favorite books ever... to be honest i haven't read it since third grade or so, now i'm a freshmen in high school, but i would recommend it to anyone anywhere! it is great, funny, and a major attention getter of children around the ages of first to fourth grade... i'm so glad that my teacher read it to me.
Franne47 More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book to tots over 20 years ago and it still works. It's a chance to use funny voices and get the class/children to participate. The original cover was better but the content is still super. Great book to read to a class of 6 year olds!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book was really great! My 1st grade teacher read this book to the class and everybody loved it. I recommend this book to all ages. It was hilarious and the characters were so wacky!!!!!!
Butterscotch58 More than 1 year ago
This book was really fun to read! It's funny and alive, a great pick for non-readers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like Wayside School because each chapter has children or child or adult that goes to Wayside School. This book is are for people who like funny stuff. I think one of the best chapters was Mrs. Jewels. When she first got in she thought everyone was a monkey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the greatest book I've ever read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book thier resess teacher was the aouther and thier was so much dital.I am eight
menaramore on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book tells the strange and funny tales of the teachers and students from Wayside School. Each person has their own interesting and silly story to tell. Students love this book.
stipe168 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
everyone can benefit from its truths. a great book to sit down and take in. the writing is pure, as are the children in it. ¿Class,¿ said Mrs. Jewls. ¿Let¿s all thank Louis for his wonderful story.¿ Everybody booed.
LAteacher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think if you are a fifth grader, boy or girl, you need to read this book. If you made it to sixth grade without reading it, stop now, and go read it!
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wayside school is a mixed-up, crazy place where an evil teacher turns children into apples, nicknames and names just don¿t make sense, and the cutest teeth are those that aren¿t there! This book isn¿t quite as funny as Wayside School is Falling Down, but is definitely amusing.
lekenned on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
These stories are great! Silly stories that are great for just encouraging students to read.
cfalls on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
amygatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is really a just-for-fun book and was one of my favorites as a young reader. It is a compilation of very wacky stories about a school that was built sideways and has a lot of crazy teachers and students, including one new student named Sammy who actually turns out to be a dead rat in a trench coat. I think the best quality of this book is its ability to make students laugh and inspire their creative thinking skills.
sarahbatte on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite childrens books. These are little stories about different kids and teachers in wayside school. I really enjoyed reading this again from when I read as a child.
GaylDasherSmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So funny and quirky and justifyably beloved by kids.
mdemock on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book works well for guided reading groups or as a read aloud. It consists of many short stories about the students and other people at Wayside School. The stories are funny and quirky and appeal to most children.
lppeters on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is such a fun read! It has a funny humor to it that keeps everyone engaged, including the teacher. I think this would be a wonderful source of positive reinforcement to the class, with an educational basis as a plus! The students would love to read this and I really do believe that it would help them stay on task and with good behavior if this was used for that manner.
clshelkoff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a very funny way to talk about a school and its students. Each chapter is about another interesting student or staff member at the school. The school was built on the intention to have 30 classrooms side by side, but instead the school was built with the 30 classrooms one on top of the other. This meant that the school was 30 stories tall. This book taks you through a typical day as a student in this very crazy school.
theokester on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My kids and I just finished reading this book aloud one story a night. The humorous stories and ridiculous situations entertained all three kids (aged 4 through 8) and I found myself laughing aloud with them ad the adventures of the kids on the 30th story.CharactersEach story focuses primarily on a different character so trying to lump all of the characters together into a single review category is difficult. The two character persistent throughout the book, Mrs. Jewls and Louis, are interesting in that they are the only adults (once Mrs. Gorf is gone) and yet their behaviors are just as outrageous as those of the children.Where the characters really shine is in their simple, child-like logic not tainted by the "reality" of adult experience and education. Each of the characters find themselves in unique situations and react with matter-of-fact that are very true depictions of the mindset of a child.The simplicity and innocence of the characters' thinking serves as a great commentary not only on the humorous and sometimes foolish predicaments that they find themselves in, but also on the fact that sometimes those innocent and simple ideals are just as effective (or even more effective) than the "logical" views of the adult world.Plot/Pacing/Setting/EtcEach story had its own plot that was generally wrapped up within the story itself. Sometimes elements of one story will show up later in another story. The pacing is quick and engaging. Never did my kids get bored during the reading. If anything, the pacing may have been too quick at times since the kids were often bummed that a story was over too quickly.The setting of Wayside school was a quirky and unique exploration of a school. I loved the idea that the construction crew made a mistake and built the rooms one on top of another instead of side by side as in a "normal" school. I especially loved the last chapter where Louis tells the kids about other schools...and how strange they (we) are.OverallThis is a great collection of stories...essentially a collection of children's fables (although unlike a "true" fable, the morals are often left unsaid or less pronounced). The humor and wit is entertaining both for kids and adults and makes for an entertaining read. By breaking the book out into a series of many very short stories, this book becomes something that can be picked up for a quick 5-10 minutes of reading or can be lounged over for an hour or so. The language is simple enough that an early reader (1st-2nd grade) should be able to read it on his/her own. It's definitely a lot of fun to read aloud with kids and I'm glad I went that route with my kids. I look forward to finding more stories from Wayside school. ****4 stars
Ms.Turtle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A book about differnt students and Ms.Jewls. The first chapter was about Ms.Gorf that changed students into apples if they didnt pay attention, answer a problem, or anything a teacher wouldnt give a punishment for.
HeatherGabrich on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
These collection of book written by Louis Sachar are amazing for upper elementary and middle school kids. I chose this book to read with my practicum student and she loved it. It is about the crazy mixed up silly stories from Wayside School. The book focuses on the classroom on the 31st story and all of the crazy things that happen to the students. It begin with their teacher Mrs. Gorf turning all of the children in apples. They class get a new teacher, Mrs. Jewels. She imagines the whole class is monkey. That is where it all begin with the crazy mixed up stories to the students at Wayside School.