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Wayside School Is Falling Down (Wayside School #2)

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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.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 22nd 1989 by HarperCollins (first published 1989)
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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.
Sachar, L. (1989). Wayside School Is Falling Down. New York: Avon Books.


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)....more
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
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...more
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
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
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
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.
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!
A very interesting book,the ending is very strange but cute.
Read this book to my 2nd grader and we about laughed ourselves silly!
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
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
The book Wayside School is Falling Down is written by Louis Sachar. Louis worked at an elementary school to earn college credits. This book has a short little story for each chapter. On chapter was about someone bringing in a hobo for show-and-tell. The children thought that the hobo was very interesting and wanted to learn so much about him. One story was about Mrs. Jews class wasting a whole class period taking about how a student lost his sock a found in in the refrigerator. Another story was...more
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 Sondra 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
I think Falling Down is even better than Sideways Stories. As I was reading it, I kept wishing that some of these stories had been the ones I read out loud to my kiddos. I just kept imagining their reactions and thinking about how much they would love these particular stories. Falling Down has the same clever wit from Sideways Stories, but the jokes are a little more obvious… in a good way, especially since this is a children’s book. The first book is adult funny, and the second is kid AND adult...more
While the stories in this collection can be strange and ridiculous, they rarely, if ever, achieve the absurdity of Sideways Stories from Wayside School (SSfWS). The book focuses on the same characters in the same class, often referencing the punchlines from SSfWS and making it seem like it's pandering to the audience. (Indeed, the sequel was penned in direct response to children writing Sachar asking for one.) Unlike SSfWS, the stories often contain real world logic and possess a sensible beginn...more
Caitlin Turner
English 425 Submitter’s name: Caitlin Turner
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Reference information:
Title: Wayside School is Falling Down
Author: Louis Sachar
Publisher: Harper Collins Year: 1989
# of pages: 179 Genre: Comedy
Reading level: 9-12 Interest level: fifth grade- seventh grade
Potential hot lava:

General response/reaction: It kept my interest. It’s a funny book, full of odd occurrences. It is a good book for a lower level reader. It is a very comical book with funny characters an...more
Miss Donnamaria
Title of Book: Wayside School is falling Down Name:George Benoy
Genre: Fiction Date:10/9/10
Author of Book: Louis Sachar Period 4&5
Number of Pages: 140

Wayside School is Falling Down is about comedy and halairious events that happen in Wayside School. It's also about strange and scary stuff that happens in Wayside School also. It's one of the funniest book I ever read. The main characters are Amy, Cole, and Miss. Jewels. Miss. Jewels is a teacher thats strict, mean, and rude. Cole is a trouble...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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“Warning: Do not read this story right after eating. In fact, don't read it right before eating either. In fact, just to be safe, don't read this story if you're ever planning to eat again.” 17 likes
“Wayside school is falling down, falling down, falling down,
Wayside school is falling down my fair lady.

Kids go splat as they hit the ground, hit the ground, hit the ground,
Kids go splat as the hit the ground my fair lady
Broken bones and blood and gore, blood and gore, blood and gore,
Broken bones and blood and gore my fair lady.

We don't have to go to school no more, school no more, school no more,
We don't have to go to school no more my fair lady.”
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