Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom

Finished Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom by Louis Sachar. I received a copy for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

For the first time in twenty-five years, Wayside School is back in session in this brand-new, fourth installment in the perennially beloved and bestselling series by Newbery Medal-winning author Louis Sachar.

Welcome back to Wayside School!

Your favorite students and teachers are all here. That includes Sharie, who loves her striped-and-spotted umbrella more than anything; Kathy, who has a bad case of oppositosis; Jason, who has to read the longest book in the world; and the rest of Mrs. Jewls’s class on the thirtieth floor, who are busily collecting toenail clippings.

Everyone is scrambling to prepare for the all-important Ultimate Test, but meanwhile, there is a mysterious Cloud of Doom looming above them…

More than fifteen million readers in the U.S. have laughed at the clever and hilarious stories of Wayside School. So what are you waiting for? Come visit Wayside School!”

I’m going to be 40 next month, and I remember my elementary school English teacher reading us the first few Wayside School books. (We had her for second, third and fifth grades, and she read us all these great books: The Indian in the Cupboard and Bridge to Terabithia and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, books that are still some of my favorites. And I loved the Wayside School books, which I thought were so incredibly funny.) So when I saw that there was a new one,  I practically sprained my mouse hand moving to download it.

And it was just as fun as I remembered! It’s everything you would expect from a school that was accidentally built vertically instead of horizontally (one classroom per floor and 30 classrooms) and with a principal who has an elaborate gong system to alert students, faculty and staff to what’s going on (one is if a porcupine is in the school).

I laughed multiple times and I also learned that there’s a Wayside book I haven’t read. I’m going to need to fix that.

This is ideal for middlegrade readers. It’s 30 chapters, but most of them are really short. It’s a delightful book and I can’t imagine any kid not loving it.

Highly recommended.

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