— "Watch closely," said Mrs. Jewls. "You can learn much faster using a computer instead of paper and pencil." Then she pushed the new computer out the window The children all watched it fall thirty floors and smash against the sidewalk. "See?" said Mrs.... more » Jewls. "That's gravity! I've been trying to teach you about gravity, but the computer showed you a lot quicker!"
That's the way things happen at Wayside School. There are 29 kids in Mrs. Jewls's class and this book is about all of them. There is Todd, who got in trouble every day... until he got a magic dog; Paul, whose life was saved by Leslie's pigtails; Ron, who dared to try the cafeteria's Mushroom Surprise and all the others who help turn a day at Wayside School into one madcap adventure after another. But, after the things that happened in Sideways Stories from Wayside School, what would you expect?« less
Another great addition to the Wayside Schools series. My 9 year old read this book in a day. He absolutely loves this series and reads and rereads the books. I read these as a kid and found it hilarious-it has truly stood the test of time.
Great for reading to your younger kids or for a young adult to read by themselves. There are a bunch of very silly stories that are short enough to keep childrens' attention while still being detailed enough to create a beleivable alternate reality. Probably my favorite young adults' book.
There are 29 children in Mrs. Jewls and we this book is about them. The teacher throws the computer out the window, so the children can learn about gravity. Todd gets in trouble until he gets a magic dog. Paul is saved by Leslie's pigtails and Ron tries the the cafeteria's Mushroom Surprise.
I read this book when I was in the 1st or 2nd grade (or had it read to me). I know at that time I loved the story, and especially loved each character and the way they were illustrated and depicted in the book. Wayside school is definitely a wacky place to be educated, but leads to awesome adventures for the characters as well as readers.
Eventually, we read this book to pieces and unfortunately lost it in a big move. I missed this book, I really really wanted to read it over and over again. One day I found it in a Goodwill and bought it for a dollar or so. Once I brought it home and began to read it I was overwhelmed with all of the memories this book held for me.
Yes, it's a younger person's type of book and I am 19... but this is one of those books that children don't forget, it's the kind they beg to be read to them over and over.