Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

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Wayside School Is Falling Down

Wayside School Is Falling Down

Fall 1989 Story Books
Ages: 9 - 12 yrs.
Author: Louis Sachar
Illustrator: Adam McCauley
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0688078680
Hardcover Price: $11.19
Wacky Wayside School is unique. Built sideways, with thirty rooms piled atop each other, it lacks a nineteenth story because the builder forgot it. It provides a perfect setting for a long litany of nutty disasters. In the first book, Sharri falls asleep and rolls out the window; Joe counts all wrong and gets the right answers; Calvin is sent to deliver a note to the missing nineteenth floor. Kids will get hooked on the broad humor and twisted logic of these loosely connected stories. Who could resist the teacher in the second book who throws the computer out the window to demonstrate gravity? And who will be surprised that Wayside School's fire drill is announced by a cowbell? When it sounds, the school promptly fills with cows.
Review   ©1989 Parents' Choice

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