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"A sequel to Sachar's Sideway Stories from Wayside School, this offers thirty more episodes about the children whose classroom is on the thirtieth floor of the world's wackiest elementary school....Sachar's humor is right on target for middle-grade readers." -- Booklist."Children who relish the ridiculous will enjoy themselves tremendously." -- Publishers Weekly....

Title : Wayside School Is Falling Down
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ISBN : 9780688078683
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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Wayside School Is Falling Down Reviews

  • Jes Jes
    2018-10-13 11:17

    Does anyone else remember that heavenly smell of newsprint in school when you fill out your order form for your book club? And your moms neatly signed check in your chubby fist, paper clipped to your book mark sized list ready to turn in. *batts eyes* And the excitement when you see piles and piles of books rubber banded together knowing your about to get your hands on your own stack. Sorry, got lost in a moment.

  • Kristin
    2018-10-01 18:26

    If only all schools could be as much fun as this one. One of my favorite children's books.

  • Shannon
    2018-10-10 17:34

    This was the first book I ever bought at a school book fair and it will remain one of my favorites. I recently decided to read one chapter of it each night to my 6 year old son. I loved the sounds of his giggles and howling laughter as I read the stories that made me laugh so hard I couldn't breathe as a child. I was afraid that he wouldn't love the stories as much as I had as a child. I was also afraid that I wouldn't find the stories as entertaining this time around. I was very wrong! The delightful little children on the top floor of this silly school still put me in stitches and kept my son's usually waivering attention. I am so glad I decided to revisit this part of my childhood and brought my son along for the hilarious ride.

  • Sara Trivedi
    2018-10-19 14:29

    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 anymore.' '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 wear on the outside. It's what's underneath that counts.''Underneath?' asked Stephen.'Yes,' said Mrs. Jewls. 'If you want to be great and important, you have to wear expensive underpants.'"

  • Huma Rashid
    2018-10-12 17:38

    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 little miffed that Miss Jewls would always have Todd put his name on the board under Discipline and send him home on the kindergarten bus every day when he was often the only one behaving properly? Poor Todd.

  • Wart Hill
    2018-10-10 14:23

    wayside school is currently full of cows

  • Philip
    2018-09-29 12:25

    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 more 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 more than anything else. I appreciate them more now that I've experienced a little more of what life has to offer.There is no better example of Schrodinger's Cat played out in literature than in Miss Zarves from the 19th story of Wayside School.Well, I've got the girls up here, and they're ready to review the book. Gwennie is singing Wayside School is falling down, but replacing Wayside School with Mrs. Zarves.Poppy is over here flipping through the book.Eleanor is laughing about Gwen's version of the song.I probably don't have to ask this, but how many stars should the book get?ALL: 5!!!! 5!!! 5!!!!!Dad: I'm not sure where to start the review. How about this: Gwen, you ask Eleanor a question.Gwen: HEY! Eleanooooorrrrr?El: Yeeeessssss?Gwen: Ummmm... What was your ummmm...El: Favorite part?Gwen: No. No.... No no no... Do you like this book? I mean, is this your favorite book?El: Mmmmmm... It's one of my favorites.Gwen: So you like it? It's one of your favorites?El: Yep. ...Shouldn't we just move on to "favorite parts," dad?Gwen: What was your favorite part?Dad: Poppy, what was YOUR favorite part?Poppy: My favorite part was the DANCE!!!! *Starts singing Vasloosh's tango.* ....With different lyrics about standing on the computer bench.*El: Dad, do you know what my favorite part is?Dad: No, what is it?El: Mrs. Zarves, the dance, and Eric and Eric and Eric. I liked it when Eric Bacon lied.Dad: Why did you like it?El: It was interesting because we knew he didn't have tea in the garden at 12:15. He went to Charlie's Barbershop. He said he never got his hair cut... but he DID get his hair cut. He said his hair was a wig, but his hair wasn't a wig. He said he was bald, but he wasn't bald.Dad: Gwen, what was your favorite part?Gwen: SHE'S BACK!!!!Dad: Why did you like that chapter?El: -I can't believe you liked the scary parts, Gwen.Gwen: I liked it because I like all the teachers - even Mrs. Zarves, and Mrs. Gorf!Dad: Were you guys surprised that Calvin got a tattoo?El and Gwen: Yeah.Dad: Do you guys want tattoos?Both: No.Gwen: I don't want tattoos.El: But Gwen! You ask to get one on your cheek ALL THE TIME.Gwen: Yeah, but a pretend one. Not a real one.Dad: Are you guys ready to start Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger?ALL: YEEEEEAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!Gwen: I want to read There's A Boy in the Girl's Bathroom. (I had told them I saw it in the library and didn't realize that it was also by Louis Sachar... I'd always seen that book around as a kid.)Dad: Alright. We should go get ready for bed. I'll start reading it tonight!*The last time I read this was June 2005. I suppose I no longer get credit for that read. Come on goodreads! Add the "previously read" option so we can track our stats already! :)

  • ABC
    2018-10-21 17:22

    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.

  • Emily
    2018-10-16 18:39

    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.

  • Shel
    2018-10-01 10:38

    Sachar, L. (1989). Wayside School Is Falling Down. New York: Avon Books.0380731509Continuing with the Wayside Series, what’s interesting with the second book is that, while the majority of chapters are still character sketches, there is more overlap and continuation of conflicts among the chapters. (The same is true for the third book as well).Students that liked the first book will undoubtedly like the second and third books as well (however, usually disappointments about with the fourth book). Readers get to see more into the mysteriously missing nineteenth floor, the school basement, learn more about the characters and their families as well as have fun with language.Rereading these books, I always want to re-check Sachar’s biography. With his writing, I feel like he has spent more time as a teacher.Activities to do with the book:The entire series is great for dramatization or having students write their own chapters or stories in response.An unexpected lesson of these books is best for teachers. Within the first three books of the series, multiple teaching styles are presented. Teachers can take away views of teaching and discipline from the child’s perspective, which is always a wonderful view to keep in mind.Favorite Quotes:“You don’t hate stories, Dana,” Mrs. Jewls told her. “You love stories. I wish everybody laughed and cried as much as you” (p. 65).“Miss Zarves assigns us a lot of busy work so we don’t have time to think. She makes us memorize stupid things so that we don’t think about the important things. And then she gives us good grades to keep us happy” (p. 102).For more reviews, visit

  • Logan
    2018-10-12 13:15

    I read it in fifth grade on the last day of school. I was really bored when I picked it up. I thought to myself "Sounds good…" And it was! It's a fun read for grades 2-5!

  • Carrie
    2018-10-09 17:37

    Read this book to my 2nd grader and we about laughed ourselves silly!

  • Michelle
    2018-09-30 17:36

    A librarian at the school book fair recommended this to me, in 3rd grade. Great recommendation! This book is full of fun stories that never got old, no matter how many times I read them.

  • David Choquette
    2018-10-23 13:26

    Often when we hear "realistic fiction" we think of heavy, thought-provoking texts. We read realistic fiction to kids to help them think through tough issues like death, divorce, bullying, prejudice, and the like. But kids need lighthearted books too, ones that they return to time and again for the sheer pleasure of reading. Wayside School is Falling Down is the second of Louis Sachar’s three Wayside School books, and the best of the three. Each of the thirty stories in this novel centers on a student in Mrs. Jewls’ class, which is located on the thirtieth floor of a strange and silly elementary school. Sachar satirizes every facet of the grade school experience, from math to music, recess, substitute teachers, and Mrs. Mush’s Mushroom Surprise in the cafeteria. Even reading this book as an adult I laughed out loud on almost every page, but as readers progress through the chapters they slowly realize that Sachar weaves clever plots and connections between the tales.All three Wayside School books are around 4th grade reading level, and their short chapters make them very accessible independent reads for students who are just starting to read longer texts on their own. As a read-aloud, students in second or even first grade would enjoy these stories. Teachers could easily use Wayside School stories as a springboard for creative writing activities where students created new adventures for the characters, or introduced their own new students into a similar-type tale. Wayside School is Falling Down does not help students confront life’s tough times, but it is a clever, brilliantly-written satire of the elementary school experience. Its situational comedy is clever, and a step above the slapstick and bathroom humor young children see on TV. It is just the kind of book that will make kids love reading.

  • Ashley
    2018-10-16 14:41

    1. Fantasy2. In this wacky school, where the students in Mrs. Jewls's class must climb 30 flights of stairs to get to their classroom, all kinds of things are always happening whether its Benjamin (whose just moved here from Magadomia!) who pretends that his name is really Mark Miller so that he doesn't upset his new teacher Mrs. Jewls's, or students taking up the whole lesson talking about socks, or Dana whose not quite sure whether or not she likes humans or not, even though she is one! These silly stories will tickle your elementary students to the core! 3. Critiquea. The wackiness of these stories is appropriate for young readers. Their silliness is perfect for grabbing young attention spans and are written so that they are mini stories within a larger one.b. The stories are about school related events with something silly thrown in the mix which is really why the reader keeps reading and why they picked up this book in the first place. There is a broad range of characters for readers to read about and with no real plot or suspense, the reader is left to choose the character and story they relate to most or like most. And there are lots to chose from!c. "...It's what's underneath that counts." "Underneath?" asked Stephen. "Yes," said Mrs. Jewls. "If you want to be great and important, you have to wear expensive underpants." "Oh," said Stephen. 4. I would use this book to talk about adding humor to our writing. I would ask that the students write about a regular topic, such as school, and then add wacky and silly parts to make it funny. They could write mini stories about an event that really happened and then add in parts that are make-believe in nature to make it funny.

  • Jenny
    2018-09-27 15:37

    In the next installment of the Wayside School stories, we are introduced to some new characters such as Mr. Kidswatter, the principal, and the new kid, Mark Miller, who’s too shy to tell everyone his name is actually Benjamin Nushmutt. The reading of it is made better by the illustrations of Joel Schick. The kids are really really cute. So cute that they could be mistaken for monkeys (see the illustration of Myron with the adorable black button eyes and bowtie). And I could almost taste those Tootsie Roll Pops. Orange was the worst, chocolate was the best.The screwball storylines still exist such as Sharie bringing a hobo to school for show-and-tell, Paul’s pigtail fetish getting a little stronger, and a dead rat stopping the schmaltzy I love yous exchanged between Dameon and Mrs. Jewels. There are more “adult” themes like tattoos, kissing, and an existential crisis about freedom and imprisonment. And we finally learn what occurs on the 19th story since there are 3 stories about the 19th story. Though not as enjoyable as the first book, Wayside School is Falling Down is still a clever book. There are a lot more jokes and references being carried throughout the book and Sachar plays a bit more with the grotesque such as more dead rats and throwing up prune juice. There are also good lessons about honesty, stealing, helping each other, friendship, being open-minded, and self-confidence. I learned “if you want to be great and important, you have to wear expensive underpants” (146). And if you don’t like this book, you can "drop dead, Ketchup Head”.

  • Chris
    2018-10-20 18:40

    Thanks again to Cindy for introducing my kids and I to this series. We're absolutely loving it. We just finished Wayside School is Falling Down reading one story/chapter each night. I personally liked this book's stories a bit more than the first book. Each of the stories was a little bit longer than in the first book and they also went even farther along the creativity continuum in terms of using new and intriguing storytelling elements.As withSideways Stories from Wayside School, each chapter (with a notable exception) was a self contained story with its own humorous description of some interaction with the students at the school. Sachar went above and beyond his previous endeavor by taking the strange perceptions of students and faculty at the school even farther than before.I loved the story told in reverse and the Twilight-Zone-esque use of the "19th story." The characters each received added depth and fun new treatment. Themes carried throughout the entire book were done so more prominently (such as Mark Miller aka Benjamin Nushmutt).While the stories are a lot of fun just as humorous and ridiculous anecdotes, they're also great opportunities for discussion with kids about different themes.Once again, we've enjoyed our journey through the stories of Wayside School and I'm sure we'll pick up the third book and see just howWayside School Gets a Little Stranger.****4 stars

  • An Odd1
    2018-10-21 16:38

    "For just a second Allison had understood everything but then she lost it" p 147. Calvin has to decide on a tattoo, where and what, a lifetime committment. "He was sure he had made the right choice. At least he was pretty sure" p 76. (view spoiler)[ A potato above his ankle.(hide spoiler)]"D.J. kobonged his gong. Joy chongoed her bongos. Paul splacked his castanets. Jenny spaghettied her snare drum. Calvin and Bebe wammered their cymbals. And Joe's triangle went ting" p 49. Comic sketches precede every chapter of thirty for all students, plus a few teachers, even spirit Mrs Gorf, starting with yard teacher Louis, revealed in the last book to be the author. "There were dead rats living in the basement" p 3. "It's what's underneath that counts .. expensive underpants" p 125. The Wayside reality almost makes sense .. almost. An upside-down paragraph may be a tad too far; quotes may lose some feeling. (view spoiler)[ "It was cowed .. Everybody mooed" p 152.(hide spoiler)]Typo:p 3 "They were her specialty" misses period "specialty."

  • Katie
    2018-10-09 17:18

    Totally worth a reread. I don't generally laugh out loud when I read books, but this one had me laughing on several occasions. It is so clever and funny and made me feel like a kid again. I also kind of teared up at the end when all the kids reassured Benjamin Nushmutt that they were all just as weird as him and he had nothing to worry about. I read my falling apart copy of this book that my godmother gave me for my ninth birthday. When I flipped to the inside of the back cover I found a piece of paper taped there with APR 2 1991 stamped on it. It took me back to the days of playing library with my sisters when we were kids. We'd arrange a bunch of books in the living room for checkout and stamp makeshift cards in the backs of the books with due dates. This book must have entered circulation pretty quickly as the due date was only a few weeks after I received the book as a present.

  • Lafcadio
    2018-09-22 14:15

    Those zany Wayside kids are at it again. A nugget: "Who would like the triangle?" asked Mrs. Jewls. Joe raised his hand, and Mrs. Jewls gave it to him. "Why is it called a triangle?" asked Joe. "I don't know," said Mrs. Jewls. "Maybe because it's shaped like a triangle," suggested John. "No, that can't be it," said Mrs. Jewls. "Then the tambourine would have to be called a circle." "Maybe it was invented by a person named Joe Triangle," said Rondi. "That's probably it," said Mrs. Jewls. She held up the next instrument. It was a glockenspiel. "Who would like the glockenspiel?" she asked. Sharie raised her hand. Nobody asked why it was called a glockenspiel. It was obvious. Mrs. Jewls gave the bells to Stephen. "Why are they called bells?" he asked. Nobody knew.

  • mstan
    2018-10-09 11:30

    Not as good as Sideways Stories From Wayside School - some of the stories just seemed too in-your-face, like the one that was written entirely backwards. But I did enjoy the story of the nineteenth storey and numerous other surreal episodes (like Benjamin Nushmutt being known as Mark Miller or some innocuous name, for most of his time in Wayside School). The weirdness factor is still high. What I particularly like about this is how Sachar has obviously made use of his experience in an elementary school to give life to the way the teachers behave in the Wayside School (e.g. Mrs Jewls is determined that the students learn three things every day, like how pickles are made, the capital of England, and 7+4).

  • Andrea Lepe
    2018-10-09 13:32

    one strength of this story is that the kids love to go to school because of their teachers. i can relate to that because like school because i have good teachers. i would recommend this book to people who like fantasy and laughing during the story. i would like to continue this series because Louis sachar, the author, made me laugh and be happy. one weakness of this story is that Benjamin mush called himself mark miller because he thought that his classmates would make fun of him but they didn't. a lot of people can relate to that because they don't like their name so they make them another name for them self. my favorite part of the story was when one of the kids forgot their lunch and had to buy lunch at school, when he tasted it he said it tasted like grape jelly and hot dogs.

  • Jessica
    2018-10-08 16:36

    If you enjoy action, comedy, and lots of laughs then Wayside School is Falling Down is the book for you. Wayside School Is Falling Down tells in more detail, of the crazy and kooky things that go on in the school and with the students and teachers as well. Most of the stories have to do with Mrs.Jewels and her 29 students but don't let that fool you, because you never know what the next story will be about! One of my favorite stories in this book was the chapter that was written entirely backwards! And what was especially interesting and funny, was that the girl in the chapter had done everything backwards.

  • Toni
    2018-09-23 16:42

    I discovered this book in one of my classes one day, when I was between 4th and 6th grade.I had finished my work for that class early that day, so I went over to the bookcase and saw it laying there.Intigued, I picked it up and started reading it.I was immeadiatly hooked, and since I didn't have time to finnish it durring that class, I snuck it in my booksack, brought it home with me, and read the entire thing that night. The next day, I brought it back to school (in the same condition as I found it) and replaced it on the bookshelf in the class exactly where I had found it.And no one was ever the wiser.To this day, I don't think anyone ever noticed the book was gone. ;)

  • Linnellbelle Fowers
    2018-09-26 14:42

    My dream job? Elementary school librarian. I'm practicing for it right now by reading all the books my kids bring home from school. The Wayside School series is so funny. One chapter had me laughing so hard tears were pouring down my cheeks. We've been reading them outloud to people too. Books this funny shouldn't be kept to yourself. Visitors to our house: beware. We may sit you down and read a chapter or two. Recommended for the whole family to listen to. Second grade and up for independent reading...Caution: Some language is present(if you can call it that). In one chapter a skinny boy is refered to as "fatso". I wanted you to be prepared.

  • Fatima
    2018-10-03 11:22

    This was the book I picked up every single time I walked into my primary school library. Our school never had any books I liked, this is the one that I just read over and over again. I just wish I had bought my own copy as a kid. My brother has his own copy and he too can't seem to put it down.

  • Negar
    2018-10-09 14:31

    خودش نه، ترجمه ش.

  • Anna
    2018-10-22 12:35

    A very interesting book,the ending is very strange but cute.

  • Carla
    2018-10-18 18:24

    Hilarious. Reading this book to the kids has been such a pleasure to rediscover since my own childhood and the kids love it!

  • Nora
    2018-10-12 13:22

    Very good book good for 2nd to 6th graders