Sideways Stories from Wayside School Book Summary and Study Guide

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Wayside School was supposed to be composed of thirty classrooms, on one story. However, the builder constructed a thirty story building with an extra large playground (He said he was very sorry). Consequently, everything about Wayside School is topsy-turvy. The higher one climbs, the stranger the people and the weirder the incident.
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This book is made up of thirty tales (one for each student and teacher who work on the thirtieth story, as well as one each for the cafeteria lady and Louis the yard teacher) and a brief introduction. With each story, the characters leave reality behind and enters a world where people who sleep in class learn more than those who do not, dead rats walk into classrooms wearing raincoats (and talking), little girls try to sell their toes and a bite in the arm with missing teeth hurts a lot. Everyone adheres to the literal translation of conversations, but things somehow make sense and the people follow appropriate paths and have good (if slightly skewed) morals.

This is a laugh out loud children's book that adults can enjoy as well.
The review of this Book prepared by Samantha S.

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Age 7-10 Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   grade school

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   teacher


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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