Wayside School is Falling Down
By Louis Sachar
Illustrated by Joel Schick
Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books 1989
The story: Mrs. Jewls teaches on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School. Wayside School is thirty stories high, with just one classroom on each floor. Miss Zarves teaches on the nineteenth floor. There is no nineteenth floor. Benjamin Nushmutt can't work up the courage to tell everyone his name is not actually Mark Miller. Ron orders the infamous Mushroom Surprise from the lunchroom with startling results. Leslie finally lets Paul pull her pigtails...to save his life. Louis Sachar returns to Wayside School with 30 zany, ridiculous, and funny stories.
Mama opines: I remember loving these books as kid so, when I saw it while perusing the chapter books at the library, I snatched it up. David is finding it very funny, although we are having a few awkward moments. Over time, you forget some of the things that happen in a book...For example, I didn't remember one of the girls brings in a hobo for show and tell. Then, of course, you have to explain what exactly a hobo is...awkward sauce. We are having fun read this, but if I had remembered fully I might have waited a few years. I think we will definitely be reading all of the books in this series when David is a bit older.
Thoughts from David: I like it because it has lots of silly stories and because they play tricks in this one!
Favorite part: When they trick the substitute teacher!
What are you reading with your small people this week??