Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

Book Jacket

There's been a terrible mistake.  Wayside School was supposed to be built with thirty classrooms all next to each other in a row.  Instead, they built the classrooms one on top of each other...thirty stories tall!  (The builder said he was very sorry.)  That may be why all kinds of funny things happen at Wayside School...especially on the thirtieth floor.  You'll meet Mrs. Gorf, the meanest teacher of all; terrible Todd, who always gets sent home early; and John, who can read only upside-down--along with all the other kids in the mixed-up school that came out sideways.  But you'll never guess what's in store for Wayside School on Halloween!  Part of Louis Sachar's popular Wayside School series, this nutty story about the confused antics at Wayside School remains a classic for readers who like their books slightly...sideways.


I loved this book when I was in grade school.  Even when Sachar's imagination went far beyond mine, my confusion was always mingled with a good dose of giggling.  Hidden inside each off-the-wall story is a hint of truth, especially regarding the emotions of kids.  Who doesn't remember the seeming unfairness of punishments?  Or the helplessness when everyone is in on a joke but you?

Okay, but maybe I never found myself in a showdown with a dead rat wearing raincoats. 

Sachar's book is an excellent imagination booster, and obviously its appeal is lasting, since it has been nominated for the Bluestem award 26 years after it was published.

Four out of five green balls.

Release Date: August 1985
Reading Level: Ages 3+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection: BLUESTEM

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