This is a book review for Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar Book Review

Disclaimer: This book review is my personal opinion and not a paid book review.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go to a school that is just insanely crazy? Maybe you think you already do, but trust me, your school is nothing like this one! The builder of the school was supposed to build the school one level with 30 classrooms across, but he accidentally built it 30 stories high with one classroom per story. “The builder said he was very sorry.”

This book takes place on the 30th floor and there are 30 chapters, each chapter is about a different character in the classroom. The book starts out with the teacher, Mrs. Gorf, turning students into apples for any reason, just so she doesn’t have to teach. But the apples (kids) do get her back! Then we are introduced to Mrs. Jewls, the new teacher, who believes that all of the students are monkeys and it took a lot of convincing that they were not!

After this, we are introduced to all of the students in the classroom, and just let me tell you to buckle up because you are going to be laughing out loud. Just to introduce you to a few of the students – Joe can’t count and it is hilarious how he convinces Mrs. Jewls that he actually can; Myron is the class president and his only job is to turn the lights on and off, but one day when he is late to school he walks into a dark classroom because he wasn’t there to turn on the lights; John can only read upside down so it’s easy to turn his book upside down, but when he needs to read the board they have to stand him on his head, and what happens next is so funny, and then there is Miss Zarves who is a teacher that doesn’t exist because there isn’t a 19th story.

There are so many more kids to meet at Wayside School so don’t miss reading this outrageously funny book for yourself or your students!

What I Love About This Book!

This book just makes you laugh out loud! Some of the humor is so stupid but you can’t help but laugh. I love how the amazing Louis Sachar weaves all of the characters throughout the whole book. This is a classroom that you do not want to miss! I loved writing this book review and I know you will love reading this book!

My Favorite Quotes!

“You need a reason to be sad. You don’t need a reason to be happy.”

“Allison, you learned a very important secret today, and I don’t want you to tell any of the other children, not even Rondi.” “What was that?” asked Allison. She didn’t even know she had learned a secret. She loved secrets.” “You learned that children are really smarter than their teachers,” said Mrs. Jewls.” “Oh, that’s no secret,” said Allison. Everybody knows that.”

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