Wayside School is the silliest school in the world. It was accidently build sideways. It was supposed to be one story tall with thirty classrooms side by side. Instead, they built it thirty stories tall, each with its own classroom.

Each chapter is about a different floor in this wacky school. And each floor is about a different student in that different class.

Sideways Stories From Wayside School by Louis Sachar

Sideways Stories From Wayside School

Author: Louis Sachar

Illustrator: Adam McCauley, Julie Brincklo

Age Range: 8 – 12

Grade Level: 3 – 7

Series: Wayside School (book 1)

Paperback: 128 pages

Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook, audiobook

The first silly story is about a mean teacher on the thirtieth floor. She didn’t like children and any time one would do something wrong she’d wiggle her ears, stick out her tongue, and turn them into apples. When she caught one cheating, she turned him into an apple. One girl was late for class, so she turned her into an apple. A boy sneezed, so he was turned into an apple. When anyone giggled in her class, they were turned into apples. Soon the whole class was nothing but a pile of apples on her desk. That is when they got back at her.

Another wacky story is about a teacher who thought all of her kids were monkeys. No literally. She looked at the kids and for some reason, she saw monkeys. The teacher offered them bananas and peanuts. And thought it was weird that the school would have her teaching monkeys. The students tried to reason with her. And make her realize that they were children. When she finally did, she put them all to work. The kids then wished she still saw them as monkeys.

One silly chapter is about a girl named Bebe. She was the fastest drawer in school. She could draw a cat in less than forty-five seconds. Her friend Calvin couldn’t draw fast. It took him a whole hour to draw an airplane. So he was her assistant. He had the crayons and paper ready for her when she needed them. And in return, she drew several pictures for him. They were a great team. In one hour they drew over three hundred pictures working together. That is until the teach explained that art is about quality, not quantity.

My favorite silly tale is about a boy named Paul. He sat in the back of the classroom. He thought it was the best seat. No one paid any attention to him. And he paid no attention to anyone else. But he was tempted by the pigtails of the girl sitting in front of him. They seemed to tease him. Dangling there, begging to be tied to a chair or pulled. He tried to resist, but the urge was too strong. So he pulled. The girl scream and he got his name on the board. You’ll never believe how this fun chapter ends.

This zany book is a laugh out loud read. Young readers will giggle through each hilarious chapter as they learn more about the school and each classroom. I recommend this fun read for all young readers getting into chapter books. It’s a great way to ease into longer books with short, funny chapters.

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