Top 100 Children’s Books: #91 Sideways Stories from Wayside School

As mentioned briefly here, I am joining Amber at The Literary Wife in an informal reading challenge of sorts as we read and blog our way through  the top 100 children’s books as voted on by readers of Elizabeth Bird’s A Fuse #8 Production.

Sachar, Louis. (1978).  Sideways Stories from Wayside School.  New York: HarperCollins.  ISBN: 978-0380731480 (pbk)

My sister was not a huge reader as a child.  She liked certain kinds of books but she was not a promiscuous reader (will read anything!) like I was.  So this is one of the few books I read because she read it first.  (The others being The Babysitter’s Club series and Christy by Catherine Marshall.  I never did read a Christopher Pike book.  Sorry Jane.)

I love this book and its sequels for their intelligence and timeless sense of humor.  I know it was never on the shelf at my school library, and when I became a children’s librarian, we couldn’t keep it on the shelf there either.  Like Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty McDonald, was a sure hit for any child, boy or girl, looking for a funny book.  It was no surprise to me that Sachar went on to win a Newbery medal for Holes, a story that raised humor to a new level with a well constructed plot and characters that leapt off the page.

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