• Sideways Stories from Wayside School

  • By: Louis Sachar
  • Narrated by: Louis Sachar
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (633 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Is your school just a little too…NORMAL?

Maybe you should go to Wayside School. You'll meet Bebe, the fastest draw in art class; John, who only reads upside down; and Sammy, the new kid—he's a real rat. Come on! Hurry up! If you're late for class, Mrs. Gorf will turn you into an app…Oops. Sorry about that.

More than 6 million kids have laughed at the wacky stories of Wayside School.

©2004 Louis Sachar (P)2008 Listening Library

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Awesome

It is really good . funny too I read it twice its confusing and adventurous . I love those kind of books

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excellent children's book!

read by the author, this winning set of abnormally normal children's tales will give anyone with children a wonderfully engaging listen

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I DespiseThis

This story is confusing, poorly written and teaches terrible lessons. I would not recommend to my worst enemy.

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Great for kids... fantastic for adults!

I started this book because my daughter was reading it. I had heard about it and had lots of friends who had read it but I never read it when I was little. I'm so glad I waited till I was an adult! It's a book that can't be fully appreciated until you've lived through childhood and can look back.

It's a funny, very dark (demonic dead rats and hints at cannibalism!) and very sweet love letter to the complicated relationship children have with their schools and teachers. If your school was simultaneously your torture chamber/place of comfort/social outlet - then you will relate to this book.

It also comments on the adult world. Each chapter serves as a fable, with lessons pointing out the absurd flaws of people and the institutions we create. By pointing out the ridiculous nature of our actions, the book is actually offering guidance about how to live better.

This absurdism also helps the book feel relevant, despite having been written decades ago. Because the stories weren't directly tied to social issues at the time of it's writing (all themes are shot through an absurdist lens) - the lessons become universal and could apply to any time period.

AND IT'S A FAST READ!

All together - I couldn't recommend this book enough.

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HILARIOUS! 🤣🤣🤣

THIS BOOK IS ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS!

The book is so funny I almost wet my pants. You should really get this book, you won’t regret it.

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always a good book my kids LOVED it.

the narrator is a little bland other than that it is a great story if you haven't read it before!

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Perfect Car Book for Kids

Need a book for your commute with kids? This is a great one. Broken up into vignettes with familiar and funny characters, this book will make your 2nd-5th graders giggle and talk the whole way to school. As an early chapter book, it is also a great read-a-long for kids who need the extra boost.

“AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”

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The chapters did not have bookmarks. As a teacher with multiple classes using the audio, this was a major problem.

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Awesome

This was the most amazing book I’ve read Louis is so talented I laughed my socks off while listening to this

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Kids Enjoyed; Me, Not As Much

Some of the stories were really quite funny and engaging, while others gave me pause as to whether I should continue letting the kids listen. Irony and sarcasm abound, but I wasn’t always sure they were “getting it” as it could get a bit dark.

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wacky, weird and funny book

I love this book.. It's the best one I've heard, it's very funny and very weird :):):):)^^
revewed by Alfie age 9