Author: Louis Sachar
Illustrator: Julie Brinckloe
My rating: 4.5 of 5
Wayside School, vol. 1
The wackiness of Wayside School probably started when the builders made a mistake and built the 30 classrooms vertically rather than horizontally like the original plan designed. Or maybe the wackiness runs deeper than that. In any case, the class on the 30th floor is one of the wackiest bunches of kids around. It’s okay though–they would think that we’re way wackier than they are.
Louis Sachar is a master of tall tales and amusing turns of phrase, and in Sideways Stories from Wayside School, he doesn’t disappoint. In this book, the author tells 30 stories (each only a few pages long) about the students in the class on the 30th floor of the strangest school you’ve never seen. This book comes with high recommendations.
Note: This would make an excellent read-aloud book for an elementary school classroom.