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The Wayside School Collection Box Set [Paperback]

Louis Sachar , Adam McCauley
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Nov. 1 1996 Wayside School Wayside School

A Crazy Mixed-up School.

There'd been a terrible mistake. Wayside School was supposed to be built with thirty classrooms one on top of the other...thirty stories tall! (The builder said he was very sorry.)

That may be why all kinds of funny things happen at Wayside SChool...especially on the thirteenth floor. You'll meet Mrs. Gorf, the meanest teacher of all, terrible Todd, who always gets sent home early, and John who can read only upside down--along with all the other kids in the crazy mix-up school that came out sideways. But you'll never guess the truth about Sammy, the new kid...or what's in store for Wayside School on Halloween!

There was a terrible mistake-Wayside School was built with one classroom on top of another, thirty stories high! (The builder said he was sorry.) Maybe that's why all kinds of funny things happened at Wayside-especially on the thirteenth floor.

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About the Author

When Louis Sachar was going to school, his teachers always pronounced his name wrong.Now that he has become a popular author of children’s books, teachers all over the country are pronouncing his name wrong.It should be pronounced “Sacker,” like someone who tackles quarterbacks or someone who stuffs potatoes into sacks.

Mr. Sachar received a B.A. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.His first book, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, was accepted for publication during his first year of law school.After receiving his law degree, he spent six years asking himself whether he wanted to be an author or a lawyer before deciding to write for children full-time.His books include Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, Wayside School is Falling Down, Dogs Don’t Tell Jokes, and the Marvin Redpost series.

Louis Sachar lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and their daughter, Sherre. In His Own Words...

"One thing I would like to know from my favorite authors is who their favorite authors are. So I will begin there. My favorite authors (not necessarily in order) are: E. L. Doctorow; J. D. Salinger; Kurt Vonnegut; Dostoyevski; Tolstoy; Flannery O'Connor; Kinky Friedman; Rex Stout; E. B. White; William Saroyan; John Steinbeck; Dr. Seuss. These are mostly adult authors, which is only fitting, since I am mostly an adult."

"I was born in East Meadow, New York. My father worked on the seventy-eighth floor of the Empire State Building, which I thought was pretty cool. We moved to Tustin, California, when I was nine, not too far from Disneyland."

"I wrote my first children's story as part of a creative writing assignment in high school. That story was called "Apple Power" and was about a mean teacher named Mrs. Gorf who turned her students into apples. My teacher didn't think that I had taken the assignment seriously and suggested I write something else."

"During my last year of college at the University of California at Berkeley, I worked part-time at a nearby elementary school -- Hillside School. I got college credit for being a teacher's aide, and I was paid two dollars an hour to watch over the kids on the playground. My official title was Noontime Supervisor, but the kids called me Louis the yard teacher."

"After graduating from college I wrote Sideways Stories from Wayside School. The kids in the book are named after the kids I knew at Hillside, and, of course, Louis the yard teacher is in there, too."

"I went to law school in San Francisco a year later, and the book was published during my second year. When I graduated in 1980, I had to make the difficult choice between writing and practicing law. I knew I could make a good living practicing law, but I chose to write because it was what I liked to do."

"I met Carla in 1981 while visiting a school in Texas. She was the school counselor and became the inspiration behind the character (also a counselor named Carla) in There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom. When I wrote the book, I didn't know I'd end up marrying her."

"We were married in 1985, and our daughter, Sherre, was horn in 1987. In 1990 we moved from San Francisco to Austin, Texas. We have a dog named Lucky. In my spare time I like to play duplicate bridge."

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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By A Customer
The anthology "Stories from Wayside School" has something for everyone. The cafeteria jokes like liver in purple sauce and baloneos are gross enough to make my 7 year-old son laugh until he cries. And at the same time, the wordplay is clever enough that my 10 year-old daughter can appreciate the literalism, twisted logic and double-entendres. Both kids feel so sorry for two-strike Todd, that I have to keep reminding them that these are just made-up stories. (They are, aren't they?) My children look forward to bedtime so that they can hear about the kids from Wayside School. If you have children in elementary school, you must have this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, zany stories by Louis Sachar Nov. 3 2003
I first heard about these books from a friend who's a second grade teacher. She would read them to her class. Each chapter is a quick, individual story, usually about a particular student or situation. I keep one of these slim volumes in my purse at all times and pull it out when we have 5 to 15 minutes, like when waiting for our meal at a restaurant or waiting for daddy while he's in the dressing room. Since the stories stand alone, it's okay if you don't read them continuously: days or weeks may go by and you can quickly jump back into the world of Wayside School. Both my ten year old son and 7 year old daughter love these clever, zany, ironic stories. (Sometimes my ten year old reads them to the 7 year old!) Many stories require a little extra thinking to "get" the joke. It's a pleasure to see your kids eyes light up when they do! The book set makes a great gift for kids who aren't keen on reading, and, of course, those who are!
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The Wayside series is one of funniest, engaging, talented, mathematically rich and language rich books our class has enjoyed. We would stop and work out math problems resented all along the way. The best was the Pet Day in the third book. We did a fairly good job of figuring out the animals, their owners, and the pet's names from the clues provided. We would try to predict what could possible happen from the chapter titles, and who would be involved. Usually, we were left laughing too hard to check our predictions. The stories could be share experienced by the whole class because of the use of standard events, i.e. "Mrs. Jewls had Todd write his name on the board under the word DISCIPLINE." When it was an event that required cheering, the situation was written so well, that the class could cheer without being prompted. This series kept their attention and imaginations soaring. They were heart broken when it ended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sideways is the best way to read June 6 2002
By A Customer
Side way stories is the best book ever. I'ts great because it tells how every student in Ms. jewl's class story like how they are and what they like. It talks about lous too the,coach. The story can be weird too. Like there is no nineteenth story,and how it was built the wrong way. the weirdest thing is how Ms. Gorf turn the kids to apples, tha's really interesting.I wonder how it would be to go up so many stairs they should built an elevator or something easier to go up the stairs. Mrs. Jewls is a really nice teacher it was funny that she was scared on the first day she was going to meet her class.The children or should I say students were nervous too,but I think it was really interesting,I would even read it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best book ever Sept. 20 2002
By A Customer
I think it's a good book because it is very intresting
at times espachialy when the teacher turns all of her
students into apples.or when one of the students
gets stuck to a desk by bubble gum from a girl just
playing a practical joke oh and don''t forget about
dead rats in raincoats and every sense the school was
built things were getting stranger and stranger and
i would reccomend this book to anyone that likes
humerous stories about somewhat normal people so
it's a good book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and Creative Aug. 5 2002
When the cooky Wayside School building was constructed, the builder accidentally built the school vertically instead of horizontally, making a thirty story-high building--but if you ever transfer there, remember there's no nineteenth floor (you'd have to read the books).
This little confusing mishap is just one of the hilarious stories of Wayside School, following Miss Jewels and her zany students. Author Louis Sachar is a very funny writer, making it easy for both kids and adults to love these books, here in a three-volume boxed set. The stories are close to loony, but always imaginative and creative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think! Feb. 14 2004
By A Customer
I was read these books when I was in 4th grade and the jokes that Louis puts in are hilarious! Even the ones that are harder to find, such as:
1. Jane Smith's married name was Payne (Pain) and her husband's name was Sham. Sham Payne. lol
2. Eric Ovens, Eric Fry, Eric Bacon. Ovens fry bacon.
3. The substitute, Ms. Franklin said her name was Benjamin, to kid along with the kids. Put those two names together. . .yes, Benjamin Franklin!
Those are all the jokes I can think of now. These books are adorable and intelligent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wayside School Boxed Set March 13 2003
By A Customer
wayside school is a very good book and it's and vere interting. my faverit character was miss gorfe and I like wen miss gorfy made the kids into apple. the part I did not like was wen miss gorfe torn her self into a apple I belive most people that read this would like this and you would relly like the chapter about floor 19. then I think you would like the wayside school gets a litter stanger and wayside school is filling down all 3 are vere good books and thay are all popular and the books I think you would relly like .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kid read it with glee!
7 yr old (little bit advanced reader) loved it. There were some controversial parts that were great for parental discussion. The teacher antics were a big hit. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Y mama
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This book is about a class. They are located on the 30th story of their school. You'll meet john who can only read upside down. Sammy the stinky one. Read more
Published on April 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars fun Book
My 7 year old son loved these books, we have all of them, and he keeps re reading them. He couldn't stop talking about all the funny things that go on. Read more
Published on March 30 2004 by L. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless.
These books got me through my elementary school years, my middle school years, and yes, my high school years. Maybe I'll take them with me to college this fall! Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2004 by "torifan2004"
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Funny, Funny, Funny- great read for children 9-14
Published on Dec 28 2003 by Ellen
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want funny books look at this!!!
These books are both funny and exiting. The kids in this book are odd but nice and speical in there own way. Read more
Published on Dec 5 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Wayside School gets a little stranger
This book is so funny and it was a page-turner! I think i would rate it 10 stars out of ten!!! Louis Sachar has done it again. If you liked this book i think you should read... Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Great books for boys or girls
My daughter went crazy for the Wayside School series. She read them over and over ... and then read them to me. The stories are kind of scary/weird/silly ... just right for kids.
Published on May 23 2003 by Burl M. Finkelstein
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't get my kid to stop reading these!!!
My second-grade son can't get enough of these hilarious and wacky stories. We've read them all and can't wait for the next one. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2002 by Teresa S. Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and entertaining!
I help teach an elementary class of 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders and they loved these books! We started with one book and they liked it so much that we read the others. Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2002 by Sawyer
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