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Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger (Wayside School #3)

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  15,173 Ratings  ·  389 Reviews
Thirty stories for 30-story tall school. Teacher Mrs Jewls is having a baby. Kids choose names, Cootie Face for girl and Bucket Head for boy. First substitute teacher is Mr Gorf, not married to terrible Mrs Gorf. He has three nostrils. The kids are not telling why. Next is Mrs Drazil who never forgets missed homework, even from yard teacher Louis, 15 years before.
Paperback, Avon Camelot, 168 pages
Published February 1996 by Avon Books (first published April 27th 1995)
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Sep 10, 2011 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember getting my copy of Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger from the Scholastic Book Club and getting really excited because the cover glowed in the dark! But this isn’t the same cover. In this book, we get to learn more about Louis the Yard Teacher such as how his mean teacher tormented him and he even gets a little love story. A cute scene is when the kids are giving Louis advice about how to win a women over like telling her she’s got eyes like the moon or bringing her candy and flowe ...more
Feb 25, 2016 Philip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody. But read the others first.
Dad: Eleanor (the other kids will probably be here in a minute), did I tell you that this one was my favorite of the 3 Wayside books?

Eleanor: Yeah... I think so... This might be my favorite of the 3 Wayside books, too.

D: Why is that, El?

E: Um. Because. Because I like that Mrs. Jewls (view spoiler)

D: I'm going to put a spoiler around that, ok?

E: Ok. It's just hard because my favorite part's at the end...

D: Gwennie, did you know this was my favorite of the 3 Ways
Dec 29, 2012 Ceecee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids at heart
Weird, illogical, goofy and crazy, Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger is hilarious . It's just the kind of book which tickles my funny bone because it's just so, well, strange .

Your school consists of 30 stories, each story with only one classroom, and the elevator only goes up but never down. Wait, don't forget that there's no nineteenth floor but you could swear you can hear cows from there.. Your dentist is a hypnotist, and your substitute teacher has 3 nostrils. God, I just loved the cr
Makayla Rehbein
May 07, 2014 Makayla Rehbein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here is my book I'm going to tell you about it is called Wayside school gets a little stranger. It's about a school that has to shut down for awhile to have repairs done on it. Some of the children would come by and look at the sign that was hang up on the door then they would just walk away from it. Louis the janitor would watch the kids come and go then he would get back to work on the school. When ever the school finally closed for awhile the children were sent to other school for awhile tell ...more
Jun 08, 2008 T.J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood
From the moment you hear Mr. Gorf (whose voice is described as a braying donkey's with a French accent) say, "Mrs. Gorf was my mommy..." You know this book's gonna be horrifically AWESOME.

Continuing the awesomeness where the previous two books left off, the Waysiders are back, post-cow, and are ready for more craziness. Another great read, and hilarious to boot. There is an extraordinarily evil substitute with a third, psychic ear, and our usual visit to Miss Zarves on the Nineteenth Floor.

Um, I
[2005 review.] Another book I loved from childhood but didn't remember much about. It's aged a bit younger than some of his other stuff -- Holes and There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom. It's so meta and postmodern -- he writes himself into the book as a character! And this is totally a gateway drug for surreal, silly literature.
Feb 18, 2011 Meredith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit
I love this book, but I find myself missing Mrs. Jewls while reading it. Still, the chapter about pets is one of the funniest things ever, and it's always good to hear more about Louis. Not my favorite Wayside School book, but that's like saying it's not my favorite kind of candy. It's still delicious, even if I like the others better.
Oct 14, 2014 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, 2014, 3-stars
I had originally planned on reading all three Wayside books as close together as possible, but that kind of petered out. I think that it might be because the last two were missing the nostalgia factor the first holds for me.

I really like how clever these books are, like you kind of have to pay attention because sometime the setup is in one chapter, and the payoff is a few chapters later. And the chapter with the pets was pretty neat, naturally I had to read it a second time to make sense of it.
Sean Torres
Sep 17, 2015 Sean Torres rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing! Most of the time it made me laugh. It is not a long book it is just 168 pages, but only like 2 pages didn't make me laugh. So it is a pretty funny book. Even though it is only 168 pages you will still know their names because you cant just forget. I don't laugh at a lot of stuff, but this book made me laugh so hard that I almost peed in myself. Also, it really good illustrations.
Idrishia Curnal
Feb 08, 2016 Idrishia Curnal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought the book was great and it had a lot of detail and it explained every movement a character made and I cant wait to read the next edition.It was also cool because the school was really high and it was hard for the students to go downstairs and play.
Jenny B
Nov 19, 2015 Jenny B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so great. I really can't help but laughing whenever I read the chapter with all the pets in it.
Nathaniel Hardman
Oct 14, 2015 Nathaniel Hardman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite as strong as the first two, but it has some great moments. The parade of cruel teachers that makes up much of the book was not very fun for me to read; those parts generally aren't funny enough to turn the kids' misery into fun for me, the reader. But again, the book has some great moments. The chapter, "A Story with a Disappointing Ending" might be my favorite of the whole series. That chapter is like one long joke, and the payoff (or lack thereof) at the end just killed me. Likewise, ...more
Nikinnia Smith
I love the Wayside book stories as a child. This was a really awesome book. After being closed for some time Wayside school has reopened. Soon after, Mrs. Jewels has to go on maternity leave. The students have a number of horrible substitute teachers to deal with like Mrs. Gorff's crazy son, and Miss.Nogard. Miss Nogard is a teacher who had her heart broken after her boyfriend finds out she has an ear on her forehead. This causes her to be mean without others knowing that she is in face a very m ...more
Apr 27, 2015 Markus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-year
Louis Sachar's writing is just wonderful. These books are so much fun, they are super fast and extremely funny as well. This had a really nice ending, everything tied up nicely and Wayside School got some lovely additions to it. What I love about these books is that even though every chapter is about a different story, it is still very coherent and acts as a whole. The characters are so much fun, the supernatural effects are very well made and the book is just great.
Julie Decker
If you've read the previous two Wayside School books, you know this school is a mess: weird things plague it all the time, and its classrooms are built on top of each other instead of side by side. This one is indeed zanier than the previous ones, believe it or not; the off-the-wall teachers and quirky students are their usual selves, but more completely impossible things happen in this one than ever before (like, say, children getting their voices stolen because they're stuck up someone's nose) ...more
Louis Sachar is a master storyteller. I love this book. I love everything about it; there is literally not a single thing I can think of that is wrong with it.
This third book in the Wayside School series by Louis Sachar is just as hilarious as the previous two, if not more so because of the continuing stories and character/plot development stemming from the first book. The 'cliffhanger' ending of the previous book, in which Wayside School actually does fall down in the last chapter, is resolved in the first chapters of this one as the children return from their respective temporary schools.

While the amount of chapters that stick out to me after readi
Apr 04, 2016 LobsterQuadrille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every single Wayside School fan
The wonderfully silly Wayside School series remains in top form with this book! The same lovable characters and surreal humor are still enjoyable and fun, and the stories are consistently creative. Louis Sachar is such a clever writer, and this probably comes through most in the Wayside School books. There were just a couple of drawbacks with this book: 1)Some of the humor seemed a bit more juvenile than in the previous books, and 2)I miss Mrs. Jewls! (view spoiler) ...more
Shannon Porter
Apr 13, 2014 Shannon Porter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: porter-3-5
This series was one of those that I loved growing up. They are very weird and quirky, but that is what makes them so enjoyable. They are books that make you stop and think, but not in an intense way. The books are full of things that just don't make since, but that is what grabs your attention. These books could be enough to get any to pay attention.
This book begins with Wayside School finally reopening. As the book continues weird things continue to happening in a very unordinary school. You wi
Valeria De La Rosa
I think that the book Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger was a very houmorus.I like these books becaues the kids seem about the same age as I am so I can understand some of the crazy stuff they do.My favorite part in the book would be when Mrs.Jewls was in love with every thing and she told her students that she was pregnet.My favorite character in the book would be Louis because he seems like the teacher every kid would ever want but the only time I don't like him is when he changes.One thin ...more
Jan 26, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now the kids are back after the school has been closed for 242 days to get rid of the cows and the fun begins again on every floor. This is the third book in three book series of Wayside School and it has the most funny and wacky stories yet! One chapter is about Miss Much who has prepared a Day on the 30th floor--with dogs and cats and frogs and skunks and pigs, and an orange named Fido causing a terrible commotion. In Mrs. Drazil's class, they're throwing a coffeepot, a sack of potatoes, a pen ...more
Dec 01, 2014 Madelyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this book was really funny.THE part I like most is the chapter THE BAD WORD it is funny because the bad word is door
Oct 13, 2014 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion,I think the book, Wayside School gets a Little Stranger,by louis Sachar is a very entertaining book.I love the cahracters they are kids younger than me and they are very funny.Their teacher,Mrs.Jewels is also wacky and funny.I love the fact that evev though they are in school,they talk about the weirdest things.This is the third book of Wayside school and the story gets even stranger and like School LIbrary Journal says,"Will surely tickle your funny bone!"This book gets stranger a ...more
Sam T
This book is another one of those books,that you just can't put it down. Like the other book I've read in the series it is a little confusing, but very interesting.

This book is very surprising. When Mrs. Jewels has to leave wayside school for a while so the baby (Mavis) and Mrs. Jewels stay healthy. They have multiple substitute teachers, something bad happened to each one. Their favorite substitute was Ms.Nogard.

I would recommend this book to everyone including adults. This would be a good book
Like the other books in its series, Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger is full of the same bizarre humor (though I couldn't believe the school could get any stranger). It does. As always with humor, though, most readers either love this book or hate it. As a kid, I fell into the former category. I reread this a few times in middle school, but it didn't strike me as funny in quite the same way when I was a little bit older - perhaps I grew out of the target audience - but for all the giggles t ...more
Ais Eddy
Here's my advice- Great Book. It has great, funny stuff - including a goosack!
Nov 05, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Very funny, but it's very non realistic.
As always, Louis Sachar’s writing is just a bit off–in a way that’s spot on, if that makes any sense. He has a delightful (and slightly unsettling) way of turning the reader’s ordinary perspective of things on its ear–rather as he did Wayside School itself. I truly enjoy the fresh perspective, especially when combined with absolute zaniness as it is in Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger. Read it.

Note: As with all the Wayside School books, I think this would be an enjoyable book to read aloud
William Hiser
Children’s Humorous Realistic Fiction
Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, written by Louis Sachar, is a 150 page children’s humorous realistic fiction book published by Harper Trophy in 1995. It was written for grades 4 – 6, ages 8-11. This hysterical book, which is the third in a series about the Wayside school, is the story about the unusual substitute teachers’ that cover for Mrs. Jewl while she is on maternity leave. Zany events happen to students and teachers a like, as they get through a
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Louis Sachar (pronounced Sacker), born March 20, 1954, is an American author of children's books.

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“Dana raised her hand. "I learned about exaggeration," she said. "It was all my teacher ever talked about. We had like ten thousand tests on it, and the teacher would kill you if you didn't spell it right." "That's very good, Dana!" said Mrs. Jewls. "You learned your lesson well.” 0 likes
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