Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger

wayside school gets a little strangerAuthor: Louis Sachar

Illustrator: Joel Schick

My rating: 4.5 of 5

Wayside School, vol. 3

Wayside School has been closed a grand total of 242 days–to remove all the cows! Now class is back in session, and the students of the 30th floor class are ecstatic to be back (despite having to climb all those stairs). Of course, only at Wayside School could they encounter such a mayhem of colorful poetry, strangely-named pets, twisted hypnotists–and a whole slew of unusual (and potentially dangerous) substitute teachers.

As always, Louis Sachar’s writing is just a bit off–in a way that’s spot on, if that makes any sense. He has a delightful (and slightly unsettling) way of turning the reader’s ordinary perspective of things on its ear–rather as he did Wayside School itself. I truly enjoy the fresh perspective, especially when combined with absolute zaniness as it is in Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger. Read it.

Note: As with all the Wayside School books, I think this would be an enjoyable book to read aloud to an elementary-school classroom.

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