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Wayside School Is Falling Down

(Wayside School #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  53,404 ratings  ·  879 reviews
Louis yard teacher starts off 30 tales of unusual students. Comic sketches precede every chapter. Todd brings a cute adorable plastic puppy who bites back when Joy steals it. Cafeteria Mrs Mush serves Mushroom Surprise that changes Ron. When Paul falls out the window, Leslie offers her pigtails to pull him back. On 19th floor, invisible Allison finds Miss Zarves' class.
Paperback, LCC 9794944, 152 pages
Published August 1990 by Avon Camelot (first published January 1st 1989)
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Jes Jes
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it

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.
Jan 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
If only all schools could be as much fun as this one. One of my favorite children's books.
Shannon Allen
May 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Huma Rashid
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Sara Trivedi
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Wart Hill
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-readers, humor
wayside school is currently full of cows
I just finished reading this with my daughters the other day. We'll begin our review in a moment. But may I say, DANG! These books hold up. I loved them as a kid, but I'm pulling so much more out of them now as an adult - specifically, as a teacher and a parent.

My favorite stories were "Freedom" and the 19 chapters. In "Freedom," Myron realizes what many of us have at various points: that school is essentially a prison. He comes to the realization that it doesn't have to be.

I love the idea of ch
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: older-kids
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.
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Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
So, I remember LOVING this as a kid, and listening to it on audio on repeat. Rereading it, though, some chapters are just plain ODD.
Mar 24, 2009 rated it liked it
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).
Jan 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-books
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!
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read this book to my 2nd grader and we about laughed ourselves silly!
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.
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
How did I not know there was an entire series of Wayside??? I only ever knew about the first 2 books. 😮😩
Luisa Knight
Apr 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: children, young-adult

Children's Bad Words
Mild Obscenities and Substitutions - 7 Incidents: stupid, dumb, shut up, darn, rats
Name Calling - 16 Incidents: weirdo, fat as a hippopotamus, head full of oatmeal, birdbrain, dumb jerk, stupid, buzzard face, devil, Mugworm Griblick, (Ketchup Head, Muskrat, Milly Mole, Dr. Seuss, Garbage Pail, Mr. Magoo all used in kids' teasing rhymes), weirdos

Religious & Supernatural - 1 Incident: A student wears a shirt that says "Love Goddess."

Violence - 2 Incidents: It is
David Choquette
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
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
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own
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
An Odd1
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
"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
Dec 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: male-author
Totally worth a reread. I don't generally laugh out loud when I read books, but this one had me laughing on several occasions. It is so clever and funny and made me feel like a kid again. I also kind of teared up at the end when all the kids reassured Benjamin Nushmutt that they were all just as weird as him and he had nothing to worry about.

I read my falling apart copy of this book that my godmother gave me for my ninth birthday. When I flipped to the inside of the back cover I found a piece o
Nov 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, american
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
Andrea Lepe
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wayside school is falling down is a book written by Louis Sachar. The book is about a teacher named Ms.Jewls’s and she has a classroom with 29 student and this book is about all of them. There is a kid named Todd who got in trouble everyday until he got a magic dog. Paul witch is another student whose life was saved by another student named Leslie so Leslie’s pigtails. There’s another student named Ron who dared to try the cafeterias mushrooms surprise and all the other who help turn a day at Wa ...more
Aug 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Linnellbelle Fowers
Sep 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 14, 2015 added it
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.
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Louis Sachar (pronounced Sacker), born March 20, 1954, is an American author of children's books.

Louis was born in East Meadow, New York, in 1954. When he was nine, he moved to Tustin, California. He went to college at the University of California at Berkeley and graduated in 1976, as an economics major. The next year, he wrote his first book, Sideways Stories from Wayside School .

He was working

Other books in the series

Wayside School (5 books)
  • Sideways Stories from Wayside School (Wayside School #1)
  • Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School (Wayside School #2.5)
  • More Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School (Wayside School #2.6)
  • Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger (Wayside School, #3)
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