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Wayside School Is Falling Down (Wayside School #2)

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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  36,959 ratings  ·  604 reviews
"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.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 22nd 1989 by HarperCollins (first published 1989)
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Andria I absolutely loved Wayside School when I was a kid (27 now). I definitely think it's a great collection of unique, funny, wacky stories, and mystery…moreI absolutely loved Wayside School when I was a kid (27 now). I definitely think it's a great collection of unique, funny, wacky stories, and mystery as well as you follow the characters through their new and exciting adventures into the Weird. Hah! It really is a totally fun book, even now as an adult. (less)

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


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.
Huma Rashid
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 ...more
Shannon
Jun 17, 2011 Shannon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children, Elementary School Teachers, Parents
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 deli ...more
Kirei
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.) LOL

Anyway, definitely recommend this, but it is second in the series, so read the first one first.
Sara Trivedi
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 ...more
Shel
Sachar, L. (1989). Wayside School Is Falling Down. New York: Avon Books.

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Continuing 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).
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Michelle
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.
Logan
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
Read this book to my 2nd grader and we about laughed ourselves silly!
An Odd1
"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)

"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 prece
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David Choquette
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 st ...more
Jenny
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 To ...more
Chris
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 with Sideways Stories from Wayside School, each chapte
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Ashley
1. Fantasy
2. 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
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mstan
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 ...more
Lafcadio
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
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Andrea Lepe
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Fatima
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.
Toni
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 foun
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Linnellbelle Fowers
Sep 04, 2008 Linnellbelle Fowers rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Linnellbelle by: Mrs. Thredgold
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 re
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Jessica
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 backwar ...more
Anna
A very interesting book,the ending is very strange but cute.
Mallory Clawson
“Wayside School is Falling Down” by Louis Sachar is one of three Wayside School books. The other books in the series include “Sideways Stories from Wayside School” and “Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger.” This book is a collection of silly chapters, each telling a funny story about each student in Mrs. Jewels’ class. There are jokes, figurative words taken literally, and some just plain silly parts.

I remember reading these books in upper elementary school and thinking that they were absolute
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Markus
These books are just so much fun. I liked this one more than the first, because there were situations instead of descriptions of characters. It was so fast and I read it in two sittings. I like how bizarre and made-up these are, and how the kids actually know that as well. We also get some new characters and places, and the ending was kind of a cliffhanger. Looking forward to the next/last one!
Sam T
This book was one I fell in love with in the first chapter, unlike other books. All the teachers and students are not normal. The teachers do things you would not expect. The students just are creative and outgoing.

It takes place in present time. I felt bad when Mrs. Jewels rang her cow bell, all the cows herd it and filled up school with cows.

This book is good for all kids of all ages. I love this book and you will too!
Mr
Haydee mendoza pd 4 179 pages. This book is the second book in the Wayside School series. The kids are back at wayside school! Mrs. Jewls teaches the class in the 30th floor which is the most craziest class. Everyone has interesting adventures or they get into lots of trouble. a different chapter is always a new surprise about another student. At the end everyones problems are solved.
Trinity Gutierrez
I think this book is hilarious! So much stories! Great book!
Julie Decker
In episodic fashion, various whimsical events happen at Wayside school, and the children react, laugh, gross each other out, and deal with ridiculous adults. The stories are not written in realistic style, though it's in a recognizably contemporary setting, and kids will really enjoy reading the short chapters and the hijinks written by an adult who actually gets what kids think is funny (without just assuming all you have to do is throw in dog turds and boogers). I personally like Sachar's work ...more
Margo Martin
Wayside School is Falling Down was a fun and upbeat chapter book I really enjoyed reading. I can imagine I would have really enjoyed this book as an elementary school student as well, as it introduced a new story from a different student in every chapter, and it had a suspecful yet, age appropriate ending. The book concluded with the fire alarm interrupting class, and the students quickly evacuating to the top of the building. Although, as the teacher began to ring her bell, the ground began to ...more
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Louis Sachar (pronounced Sacker), born March 20, 1954, is an American author of children's books.

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