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  1. Chris Chris says:

    If you want to see exactly what rests at the center of someone’s soul don’t bother reading a 200 page biography on them; ask them what was the first book ever to make an impression on them that lasted into their adulthood For some it might be some garbage about a brat named Ramona and her ginger kid friends and these people embrace a passion for whimsy and camaraderie Others have a deep rooted sense of ‘self’ from cherishing the trails and tribulations of some chick named Margaret menstruating and masturbating Those who would grow up to be truly unexceptional enjoyed those 10 page “Mr Man” books mr happy mr bump mr greedy which always delivered some pointless life lesson about sharing caring or other similar nonsense And then there are those who were destined to be influenced by the outrageous ridiculous and sublime and their rallying point is the fantastic cast of Wayside School I’m sure each character has their own loyal following of obedient acolytes who have championed their cause and tried emulating their idol throughout their life; most would probably be fond of Todd the luckless but genuinely lovable rapscallion who is dismissed from class for his antics every day the art fg crowd related to Bebe Gunn the dreamers prefer Sharie the ambitious geeks decry the greatness of Myron the optimists swear DJ had the right attitude while the misanthropes defer to Kathy’s wisdom and the goofballs and flucktards of the world were torn between Stephen and Jenny The people supporting anyone else are usually living in their parents’ basement currently and getting geeked on paint thinner or spending their time volunteering for charitable causes or running for public office But there is the unsung hero that none can forget easily the linchpin of the story and the single most inspiring enigmatic and culturally relevant character ever introduced in ANY book; Sammy That’s right Sammy; the grimy filthy stinking and baffling dead rat that tries infiltrating Mrs Jewls class while posing as a student and wearing multiple raincoats that reek of decay and alley trash He trash talks the entire class he befouls their atmosphere with his pungent stench and threatens to bite the teachers head off for discarding his ‘good clothes’ as she throws raincoat after raincoat out the window Sammy stands proud in the midst of his admonishment laughing at those who think he might actually give a damn about their concerns or opinions and is ultimately banished to the basement to live with the other dead rats; presumably where they hatch their nefarious plans to somehow attend class Are they doing it just to cause a commotion? Are the legitimately interested in garnering some education? Could this be their own rite of passage in their social circles? Sammy’s puzzling nature keeps us guessing pondering these uestions without conclusion Compared to the iconic students attending Wayside the kids at Hogwarts don’t compare Ramona and her ilk look flimsy and pathetic and the Choose Your Own Adventure books seem predictable and without shock compared to the zany irreverence displayed in these Sideways Stories

  2. Sarah Sarah says:

    This is the only chapter book I've read to my class this year that has caused them to demand chapters beg for a uick chapter here and there throughout the day and I've even had to re read several chapters to them There is just something about absurdity mixed with keen observations of school days reality that gets kids every time

  3. unknown unknown says:

    There is no 19th story

  4. Catie Catie says:

    We pulled this unassuming little book out of my husband’s childhood bookshelf over Thanksgiving break my in laws seriously never get rid of anything and we had absolutely no idea what kind of wonderful craziness lay waiting for us inside We had been reading The Phantom Tollboothbut I kind of sort of accidentallyon purpose left it at homeListen I’m not saying The Phantom Tollbooth isn’t a brilliant bookwith the wit and the puns and the wit and the plays on perspective and thewitand thezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Seriously there’s a point where you just want to throw up your hands and scream “oh my god Norton Juster not everything in this world has to MEAN SOMETHING”Enter Sideways Stories From Wayside School Wayside School was accidentally built thirty stories high It’s a place where students get transformed into apples where they’re encouraged to sleep through class where that new kid in a stinky raincoat is much insidious than he outwardly appears It’s a place where people flavored ice cream is made and enjoyed except the Kathy flavored one – that curmudgeon will never change where no substitute teacher is ever to be trusted and where “you don’t need a reason to be happy”It’s a place of absurd humor that never speaks down to the intelligence of a child It’s a place that made both of my daughters and myself completely engaged in story time I think I enjoyed reading these out loud just as much as they enjoyed hearing them It’s a place that almost never has to mean anything at all but that occasionally does in surprisingly brilliant waysThis is the one and only book that my daughter has begged and pleaded to take to bed with her so she could keep reading it We gave her the seuels for Christmas and she immediately pulled one out and wanted to read it right away It ended up being the third one but it almost made sense to read these out of order Life has pretty much been kicking my ass lately and reading these stories out loud to my girls at night has been the best stress reliever It’s not every author who will challenge one to attempt a “French donkey with tonsillitis” voice But of course I had to try

  5. Calista Calista says:

    There is no 19th storyI have been told by many who love this series and I've talked to people who love this book and read it as a kid I think there is something to reading this as a child that an adult misses because it was an okay story but it didn't do a whole lot for me It had whimsy but it didn't land for me A long school was turned on it's side and all the classrooms are stacked on top of each other like a high rise So all the rules are different here and what is up is down and so forth Our story takes place on the classroom on the 30th floor Each chapter is about one of the kids in the classroom or a teacher It's cute how it's set up Louis has some great imagination for this book I am a fan of Roald Dahl but this I can leave I won't be reading on with this seriesI would totally recommend this to a middle grade reader interested in something new I think my Nephew especially would enjoy this It simply wasn't written for me Maybe I would have loved it as a child I don't know I appreciate the fun Louis brought to the story and it's well written

  6. Christy Christy says:

    I had the urge to re read these books again My teacher read this book series out loud to us in Elementary school and it is one of my fondest memories I was so in love with the book that I had to make sure I purchased my own copy at the book fair After rereading it for the first time since then I can completely see why kids would love this It's fun strange and silly all in one

  7. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    I remember loving this book at some point during my childhood Re reading it as an adult confirms that I was a very strange child What an awesomely weird book Teachers turning into apples and being eaten by recess monitors Dead rats in raincoats passing as ornery new studentsOne particularly bizarre hilarious passage In Mrs Jewls' class there were three children named Eric Eric Fry Eric Bacon and Eric Ovens They were known throughout the school for being fat Eric Fry sat at this end of the room Eric Bacon sat in the middle of the room And Eric Ovens sat at that end of the room There was a joke around Wayside that if all three Erics were even in the same end of the room at the same time the whole school would tip overEric Bacon hated jokes like that That was not surprising After all he wasn't even fat In fact he was the skinniest kid in Mrs Jewl's class But nobody seemed to notice The other two Erics were fat and so everyone just thought that all Erics were fat 'But I'm not fat' Eric Bacon insisted'What's your name?' asked Jason'Eric said Eric Bacon'Then you're fat' Jason concludedAnother favorite Dameon had hazel eyes with a little black dot in the middle of each of them The dots were called pupils So was Dameon He was a pupil in Mrs Jewl's class

  8. Elinor Elinor says:

    In this children’s novel Louis Sachar tells thirty stories about kids in the highest class of a 30 story school I heard lots of good reviews of Louis Sachar works and bought this one to offer some friends’ children This is not my usual genre and I am unable to determine the target demo 10y olds? but I must say story 28 had me laughing out loud I found it difficult to get up and running with this one then finally finished it at lightning speed and enjoying it than the first halfIt’s wonky and funky like the school itself Each chapter is a short story relating to one of Mrs Jewls pupils The stories are sad funny silly sometimes out of this world and I guess that’s what makes this book fun I shall be passing it on to my friends’ kids for their enjoyment I am desperate for their feedback to rate this properly

  9. Julie Julie says:

    My 7 10 year old daughters laughed heartily throughout much of this read but I think I missed the window The humor didn't uite make it to my thirtieth storyNo offense to Louis Sachar but I just kept thinking when is it going to turn into a Roald Dahl novel? It never did

  10. Marie Marie says:

    These wacky absurd stories which may seem irreverent and sometimes mean spirited to adults really seem to resonate with children These stories were immediately attention grabbing for my kids and left them begging for The humor makes sense to the kids and they enjoyed the absolute absurdity and upside down ness of this school and it’s rulesWayside school was accidentally built 30 stories high and is leaning Each chapter tells the reader about one student in the 30th story classroom Their old teacher Mrs Gorf used to turn the children into apples but she got turned into an apple herself and now they have a new teacher Mrs Jewls Mrs Jewl whispers to one of the students that “children are really smarter than their teachers” a fact that was already known to the students One student can only read upside down and is told he must learn to stand on his head Another student arranges to sell her “useless” toes to the yard teacher however when she is not getting the full price she originally bargained for the deal is off When the children laugh the walls laugh with them and turn purpleThe author Louis Sachar has written himself into this book as the yard teacher whom the children see at recess He features in nearly every chapter and takes part in the absurdity of the Wayside School practices This was a fun easy read that was very engaging for my children The best part of the book is that within each wacky weird story is a real nugget of truth something both adults and kids can very much connect withFor discussion uestions please see

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Sideways Stories from Wayside School ★ [PDF / Epub] ☄ Sideways Stories from Wayside School By Louis Sachar ✪ – The Wayside School was supposed to be one story high with 30 classrooms side by side; instead rooms were built atop each other 30 stories tall In 30 tales meet meanest teacher Mrs Gorf terrible Todd s The Wayside School was supposed to be one from Wayside PDF/EPUB ë story high with Sideways Stories ePUB ½ classrooms side by side; instead rooms were built atop each other Stories from Wayside PDF/EPUB ¼ stories tall In tales meet meanest teacher Mrs Gorf terrible Todd sent home early John only reading upside down Jason stuck to his seat by chewing gum Some tales have a bit of a moral Kathy assumes no one likes her.

  • Paperback
  • 118 pages
  • Sideways Stories from Wayside School
  • Louis Sachar
  • English
  • 02 July 2016

About the Author: Louis Sachar

Louis Sachar pronounced Sacker born March from Wayside PDF/EPUB ë is an American Sideways Stories ePUB ½ author of children's booksLouis was born in East Meadow New York in Stories from Wayside PDF/EPUB ¼ When he was nine he moved to Tustin California He went to college at the University of California at Berkeley and graduated in as an economics major The next year he wrote his first book Sideways Stories from Wayside School He was working.