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Anything can happen in a school that was all mixed up the day it was built…

A teacher who can turn students into apples, a girl who can draw a cat in less than forty-five seconds, and a dead rat posing as a student. Could this school get any stranger?apple-256263_1920

How I discovered this book: When I was in the fourth grade, my English teacher used to spend ten minutes a day to read a children’s book out loud to her students. Sideways Stories from Wayside School was one of the many novels that she chose to read to my class.


Each chapter contains a wacky short story that focuses on either a student or teacher at Wayside School, a school that was built sideways.


Chapter 19:

Miss Zarves

There is no Miss Zarves. There is no nineteenth story. Sorry. ”

– Louis Sachar

About the Book

alphabet-1219546_1920Title: Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Author: Louis Sachar

Series: Wayside School

Year Published: 1978

Pages: 118

Genre: children’s fiction, comedy


The Review

If you were to look past its wacky scenarios, each of the stories shares a piece of wisdom. The last thing a child wants is to be preached to. Therefore, the best way to convey wisdom to a child is through humorous story telling. Even though it was published in the late 70’s, Sideways Stories from Wayside School remains culturally relevant. Children will always have the same problems and the same challenges to overcome, and that is what makes this book timeless. Each story is relatively short and can be read under five minutes. Sideways Stories from Wayside School is geared towards elementary school children (ages 6-10).


Final Grade: A-


Until next time,