Cleanliness Children s Bad WordsMild Obscenities and Substitutions 7 Incidents stupid, dumb, shut up, darn, ratsName Calling 16 Incidents weirdo, fat as a hippopotamus, head full of oatmeal, birdbrain, dumb jerk, stupid, buzzard face, devil, Mugworm Griblick, Ketchup Head, Muskrat, Milly Mole, Dr Seuss, Garbage Pail, Mr Magoo all used in kids teasing rhymes , weirdosReligious Supernatural 1 Incident A student wears a shirt that says Love Goddess Violence 2 Incidents It is said that another child was eaten by cannibals A poem is recited Broken bones and blood and gore The phrase repeats several times.
Romance Related 13 Incidents After school Mac walked home with his girlfriend A boy kisses a girl on the lips It s noted that the girls in class like a boy, and notes that one boy is handsome than another A girl realizes that she loves books when she had thought she hated them S I read this book because my 2nd grader liked it so much and recommended it to me He normally will tell me about books he s read, but since this was the first one he wanted me to read, I thought I d give it a try Plus, I wanted to be able to discuss it knowledgably with him Louis Sachar is a clever writer who, I believe, appeals to all ages His many puns and literal interpretations of figurative sayings were delightful, and my son and I enjoyed talking about our favorite parts Here s one we shared Mrs Jewls the nicest teacher at Wayside School is talking about how our clothes aren t what makes us important or great When Stephen s tie ripped in half, he says Now I m not great and important any Yes you are, Stephen said Mrs Jewls You re just as great and important as you ever were I am Stephen asked Certainly, said Mrs Jewls The tie didn t make you important It doesn t matter what you Yard Teacher Starts Off Tales Of Unusual Students Comic Sketches Precede Every Chapter Todd Brings A Cute Adorable Plastic Puppy Who Bites Back When Joy Steals It Cafeteria Mrs Mush Serves Mushroom Surprise That Changes Ron When Paul Falls Out The Window, Leslie Offers Her Pigtails To Pull Him Back On Th Floor, Invisible Allison Finds Miss Zarves ☆ read ☆ Wayside School is Falling Down by Louis Sachar ¸ Class This was one of my favorite books in elementary, and it stands the test of the re read Such an adorable collection of stories that took me right back to my childhood I wasn t as familiar with the characters as I used to be, but that s not much of a surprise Before, I would have been able to offer a brief character synopsis as well as the name of the love interest of any child you mentioned Now, not so much, but the book is still charming and delightful It s surprisingly clever and funny for a children s book what with the jokes about dead rats living in the basement and how Miss Zarves was the teacher on the nineteenth floor, but there was no nineteenth floor, and there was no Miss Zarves Is it insane of me that I am still a lit I just finished reading this with my daughters the other day We ll begin our review in a moment But may I say, DANG These books hold up I loved them as a kid, but I m pulling so much out of them now as an adult specifically, as a teacher and a parent.
My favorite stories were Freedom and the 19 chapters In Freedom, Myron realizes what many of us have at various points that school is essentially a prison He comes to the realization that it doesn t have to be.
I love the idea of challenging the system, our ideas of how the system is built and how it should be I hate the fact that so often, Myron is exactly right I hate that many in positions of authority are afraid of being challenged, but lets face it all systems of authority are frightfully precarious.
And the 19 chapters They are probably the chapters I remember than anything else I wayside school is currently full of cows ï Wayside School is Falling Down ï Extremely clever book My son wanted to read it badly Thank you, Mr Sachar.
I noticed Glee used one of the same jokes I watching the show Season three, Episode two and heard the joke, What is the capitol of Ohio O Then later that same day I read the same joke in the book which is at least twenty years older than the TV show, of course LOLAnyway, definitely recommend this, but it is second in the series, so read the first one first.
So, I remember LOVING this as a kid, and listening to it on audio on repeat Rereading it, though, some chapters are just plain ODD.
If only all schools could be as much fun as this one One of my favorite children s books.