(Raisin Reads) Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

I have been looking forward to introducing my son to the favorite books of my childhood, and I’m delighted to find he is finally old enough to appreciate them!

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar (originally published 1978) is a perfect chapter book for young readers. The chapters are less than five pages, the stories are compact and yet still inter-related, and the silliness factor meets the needs of a child. My son loved the time we spent reading these together, and as soon as we finished it, he took it from me and informed me he was going to read it again to himself. He is more than half way done.

As an adult, I still enjoyed it. It is silly and yet it does play off of realistic challenges: adults telling you to do things that seem impossible (going to take a note to a non-existent teacher), falling asleep when you should be awake, getting along with other kids, and overcoming stereotype, for example. I really enjoyed revisiting it as an adult.

Highly recommended.

Don’t take my word for it: here are Raisin’s thoughts.

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

  1. Awwww, Raisin. I’m glad he liked it so much! Are y’all going to read the other books? I like the story — I can’t remember which book it’s in — where one of the kids goes to the floor that doesn’t exist. I forget what else happens but I remember it was sort of weird and too orderly and the kids couldn’t escape.

    1. Jenny » I’m going to tell him there are sequels, and see if he enjoys them himself! I remembered that chapter you refer too. It was like a nightmare place, that 19th story!! The kids had to copy the dictionary all day long…

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