Sideways Stories from Wayside School Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-13 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 310 user ratings

" I'm rereading this for the first time since elementary school, and I gotta say, I'm really blown away by the sheer absurdity of it. It reminds me of James Marshall's George and Martha stories: absurd, but lovely in that they never apologize for being absurd or wink at you from beneath the absurdity. It's just absurd all the way down, sincerely and deeply absurd. I imagine after you graduate from George and Martha, you move on to Wayside, and from there you're ready for Beckett and Camus. " said.

" I love this book. It's one of my favorites. It's absolutely hilarious. You totally have to read it. " said.

" This is the book that taught me that humor doesn't always have to follow the rules. The absurdism absolutely flavored all my daydreams from then on. All in all, it's actually a painfully short book and it's so weird that it makes one's brian stumble a bit at places. I guess that's what's great about it. " said.

"I was only half-way interested in reading this book out loud to my son, who received it as an end of year gift from his second grade teacher. I expected it to be kind of dumb because I knew it was meant to be "funny", and my idea of funny doesn't always overlap with a seven-year-old's. But we tried it for lack of other reading material at hand, and it turned out I was captivated by the oddness of it. The stories, 30 of them, to match the 30 stories of Wayside School (which was accidentally built sideways with all the classrooms stacked on top of each other), vary from the gently goofy to the downright surreal. There's no emotional depth to it at all, but there's not meant to be, so that didn't seem to matter. It's just strangeness for the sake of strangeness, and somehow it worked. " said.

" Sachar captures how arbitrary and pointless and incomprehensible school can be. But somehow, he makes it funny and touching instead of confusing and frustrating and awful like it is in real life. " said.

" Loved this as a kid! Passed it on to my sister and can't wait to pass it on to my children. " said.

" This is absolutely the most perfect book I have ever read for this age group. Brilliant, hysterical, and seemingly simplistic, the book is anything but. I was shocked re-reading it as an adult how stunningly original all the small stories that make up this book are. If you haven't read it since you were young, I INSIST you pick it up again. The best in the bunch: icecream flavored like kids and the invisible note for the invisible teacher on the invisible floor. " said.


unbelievably great. it cracks me up regulary ("take a train, peanut brain!" being one of my favorite lines). children's books are fantastic bedtime readings - they are usually short, relatively simple, and - in the case of the whole wayside collection - ridiculously entertaining and clever. i fear the day this becomes a film (unless my college roommate writes and directs it) because all of the kids are such unique and well developed characters, it has to be incredibly accurate (according to me anyway.)

read this book. most of you won't be disappointed (although, i did have a few friends who didn't like it very much...and i am no longer in contact with those nutjobs.) am i kidding? hah!

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