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Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Written by Louis Sachar & illustrated by Adam McCauley
Book #1 in the Wayside School Series
Published by HarperCollins
5.38 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 4.1 / 5.0
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May 26, 1998
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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.

What Kind of Book is Sideways Stories from Wayside School

funny and humorous

What Should I Know As a Parent

Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following is a list of concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.

Monsters: This book includes a mean teacher who turns children into apples and the ghost of that teacher briefly visits the classroom.
Language: This book includes some name-calling, such as "stupid," "ugly," "fat," and "shut up, Dixie cup."
Violence: This book includes an instance where a girl thinks about cutting her toes off for a nickel each and an instance where, while trash talking during sports, a child says "we'll kill them, we'll murder them, we'll smash them." A child also punches an adult in the stomach.

Note that this list is not exhaustive and there may be concepts in this book that are not included or have been insufficiently or incorrectly detailed here.

Trusted Reviews & Ratings

B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mama who believes you're never too old for magical stories of talking animals and imaginary worlds.
5.75 / 7.0

Love the silly stories this book contains. Each chapter features a different story and a different student. This would be a fantastic read aloud and makes you laugh the whole way through!

Readerly Mom
Bay Area mother of two, world traveler, book lover, picky reader
5.0 / 7.0

Pick up this book and laugh all the way through! It’s silly, it’s fun, and it’s utterly bizarre. Perfect for second through fourth grade readers, it will be a quick read that is hard to put down.

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Who Wrote Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Louis Sachar

Louis Sachar is the author of the #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>Holes</i>, which won the Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and the Christopher Award, as well as <i>Stanley Yelnats’ Survival to Camp Green Lake</i>; <i>Small Steps</i>, winner of the Schneider Family Book Award; and <i>The Cardturner</i>, a <i>Publishers Weekly</i> Best Book, a Parents’ Choice Gold Award recipient, and an ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book. His books for younger readers include <i>There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, The Boy Who Lost His Face, Dogs Don’t Tell Jokes, </i> and the Marvin Redpost series, among many others.

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Who Illustrated Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Adam McCauley

Adam McCauley enjoys illustrating, playing music, and making things. His illustrations have appeared in magazines, publications and campaigns worldwide. He works out of his studio in the sunny Mission district in San Francisco.

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May 26, 1998
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