My childhood favorite.
Easiest Review ever.
These books are my lifeblood. Some kids were super into Dear America or Babysitter’s Club or Goosebumps, and those are all amazing! But I was and always will be a ride or die Wayside School fan. Wayside School is like a child’s intro to David Lynch. It’s Twin Peaks for kids. Nothing makes sense and as a kid, it’s hilarious and odd and fun but man, PLEASE re-read these as an adult. They are so many types of fucked up it’s GREAT. The child who is buried under coats until everyone realizes he’s a rat? That’s some straight-up Tim Burton shit but better. The three Erics? How is that not a Seth Rogan movie already?
Every story in these is fantastic. It’s all so WEIRD and absurdist and every kid I know who was into these has grown up to be a chaotic bisexual and if that’s not a huge endorsement of a book I don’t know what is.
Title: Sideways Stories from Wayside School // Wayside School is Falling Down // Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger
Author: Louis Sachar
Pages: 124 // 192 // 168
ISBN: 9780688160869 // 9780688078683 // 9780380723812
Three Descriptors: Eccentric, Creative, Whimsical