Sideways Stories from Wayside School & Wayside School Is Falling Down by Louis Sachar

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Hermit the Crab (Daddy) likes to read to the kids at night.  They snuggle up on the couch and he can usually get a couple of chapters in before bedtime.  Their two most recent books were Sideways Stories from Wayside School and Wayside School Is Falling Down.

Both books are essentially collections of short stories about the kids in Mrs. Jewls’ classroom at Wayside School.  This is a school full of insane shenanigans.  Don’t look for stories that make a lick of sense in these books–they are pure tomfoolery and fun.  My husband and I both read these when we were young, and we wanted to share them with our kids.  They absolutely loved them, too.

WHAT WE THOUGHT:

Hermit the Crab–The stories are consistently funny and several of them have thought-provoking morals.  The characters really make the book–each one is well-developed in their own right.  The stories are silly and unrealistic, but good nonetheless.

Lori–I love how the stories make me laugh out loud!  I’m all about humor therapy.

Bubba–These books were funny, weird and even weirder.  I like D.J. because he smiles pretty much every single second of his life.

Slime–These books are awesome.  They’re funny.  Actually, hilarious.  I like both of them a lot.  I really like Terrence and the silly-sounding insults he says to everyone else.

Possible objections:

  1. Some of the children model bad behavior, such as rudeness, stealing, lying, etc.
  2. Kathy, one of the children, is rather a despicable character.
  3. In one of the stories Mrs. Jewls repeatedly tells the children to “shut up.”
  4. Some of the stories are a bit unsettling and take a slightly dark turn.

Rating: 4 1/2 Stars

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