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Wayside School Is Falling Down

(Wayside School #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  57,871 ratings  ·  1,050 reviews
Bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning author Louis Sachar knows how to make readers laugh. And there are laughs galore in perennial favorite Wayside School Is Falling Down, now available for the first time in ebook format!  This early middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 3 to 5, especially during homeschooling. It’s a fun way to keep your c ...more
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Published April 4th 2017 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1989)
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Jes Jes
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My all-knowing son didn't want to read this. I remembered reading it in grade school. He rolled his eyes quite a bit but do you know who won??!! Me!! (In your face, sucker!) And he LOVED it. Wouldn't shut up about each chapter. Then I rolled my eyes quite a bit. Yeah I know, I know; It's funny! It's so dumb yet witty. Lots of giggling going on here. I won. He's a sucker. :) ...more
Jan 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If only all schools could be as much fun as this one. One of my favorite children's books. ...more
Shannon P
May 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Book 2 in one of my favorite childhood series. I've been wanting to revisit these for so many years and finally doing it. ...more
Huma Rashid
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Getting pumped up for the release of the fourth Wayside School book! And Mr. Kidswatter is a Mugworm Griblick.
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dee Dee G
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was just as wacky as the first one.
Luisa Knight

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 sai
This was just as fun as the first book. I remember the 19th floor story really stuck with me when I was younger - Sachar challenges where you think the story is going to go, and that wasn't/isn't done as much in middle grade fiction. That's so refreshing to read, even today. ...more
Mar 24, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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! ...more
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Four stars because of the potato tattoo. I like that part. :)
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another delightful book by Louis Sachar that I remember reading when I was a child. There's something whimsical and funny about these stories that just make me smile. There's so many little details that I remember about the book as I continued reading from it that I started looking forward to what was to come. Louis Sachar really knows how to write for kids and make it engaging as well as entertaining. ...more
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. 😮😩
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
YES - this is the book where a kid gets a potato tattoo!!

Highly recommend this series as a "palate cleanser" between other books.
Heidi McQuay
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These books are a work of art. Seriously so funny and clever. Still just as good, if not better, as an adult than when I read them as a kid. The snorts and giggles I get out of my kids while reading these outloud to my kids are the best.
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
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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 pre
Dec 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 .

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