Sideways Stories from Wayside School

A Crazy Mixed-up School.

There"d been a terrible mistake. Wayside School was supposed to be built with thirty classrooms one on top of the other...thirty stories tall! (The builder said he was very sorry.)

That may be why all kinds of funny things happen at Wayside SChool...especially on the thirteenth floor. You"ll meet Mrs. Gorf, the meanest teacher of all, terrible Todd, who always gets sent home early, and John who can read only upside down--along with all the other kids in the crazy mix-up school that came out sideways. But you"ll never guess the truth about Sammy, the new kid...or what"s in store for Wayside School on Halloween!

There was a terrible mistake-Wayside School was built with one classroom on top of another, thirty stories high! (The builder said he was sorry.) Maybe that"s why all kinds of funny things happened at Wayside-especially on the thirteenth floor.


When Louis Sachar was going to school, his teachers always pronounced his name wrong.Now that he has become a popular author of children?s books, teachers all over the country are pronouncing his name wrong.It should be pronounced "Sacker," like someone who tackles quarterbacks or someone who stuffs potatoes into sacks.

Mr. Sachar received a B.A. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.His first book, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, was accepted for publication during his first year of law school.After receiving his law degree, he spent six years asking himself whether he wanted to be an author or a lawyer before deciding to write for children full-time.His books include Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, There?s a Boy in the Girls? Bathroom, Wayside School is Falling Down, Dogs Don?t Tell Jokes, and the Marvin Redpost series.

Louis Sachar lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and their daughter, Sherre. In His Own Words...

"One thing I would like to know from my favorite authors is who their favorite authors are. So I will begin there. My favorite authors (not necessarily in order) are: E. L. Doctorow; J. D. Salinger; Kurt Vonnegut; Dostoyevski; Tolstoy; Flannery O"Connor; Kinky Friedman; Rex Stout; E. B. White; William Saroyan; John Steinbeck; Dr. Seuss. These are mostly adult authors, which is only fitting, since I am mostly an adult."

"I was born in East Meadow, New York. My father worked on the seventy-eighth floor of the Empire State Building, which I thought was pretty cool. We moved to Tustin, California, when I was nine, not too far from Disneyland."

"I wrote my first children"s story as part of a creative writing assignment in high school. That story was called "Apple Power" and was about a mean teacher named Mrs. Gorf who turned her students into apples. My teacher didn"t think that I had taken the assignment seriously and suggested I write something else."

"During my last year of college at the University of California at Berkeley, I worked part-time at a nearby elementary school -- Hillside School. I got college credit for being a teacher"s aide, and I was paid two dollars an hour to watch over the kids on the playground. My official title was Noontime Supervisor, but the kids called me Louis the yard teacher."

"After graduating from college I wrote Sideways Stories from Wayside School. The kids in the book are named after the kids I knew at Hillside, and, of course, Louis the yard teacher is in there, too."

"I went to law school in San Francisco a year later, and the book was published during my second year. When I graduated in 1980, I had to make the difficult choice between writing and practicing law. I knew I could make a good living practicing law, but I chose to write because it was what I liked to do."

"I met Carla in 1981 while visiting a school in Texas. She was the school counselor and became the inspiration behind the character (also a counselor named Carla) in There"s a Boy in the Girls" Bathroom. When I wrote the book, I didn"t know I"d end up marrying her."

"We were married in 1985, and our daughter, Sherre, was horn in 1987. In 1990 we moved from San Francisco to Austin, Texas. We have a dog named Lucky. In my spare time I like to play duplicate bridge."


Chapter One

Mrs. Gorf

Mrs. Gorf had a long tongue and pointed ears. She was the meanest teacher in Wayside School. She taught the class on the thirtieth story.

"If you children are bad," she warned, "or if you answer a problem wrong, I"ll wiggle my ears, stick out my tongue, and turn you into apples!" Mrs. Gorf didn"t like children, but she loved apples.

Joe couldn"t add. He couldn"t even count. But he knew that if he answered a problem wrong, he would be turned into an apple. So he copied from John. He didn"t like to cheat, but Mrs. Gorf had never taught him how to add. One day Mrs. Gorf caught Joe copying John"s paper.

She wiggled her ears--first her right one, then her left--stuck out her tongue, and turned Joe into an apple. Then she turned John into an apple for letting Joe cheat.

"Hey, that isn"t fair," said Todd. "John was only trying to help a friend."

Mrs. Gorf wiggled her ears--first her right one, then her left--stuck out her tongue, and turned Todd into an apple. "Does anybody else have an opinion?" she asked.

Nobody said a word.

Mrs. Gorf laughed and placed the three apples on her desk.

Stephen started to cry. He couldn"t help it. He was scared.

"I do not allow crying in the classroom," said Mrs. Gorf. She wiggled her ears--first her right one, then her left--stuck out her tongue, and turned Stephen into an apple.

For the rest of the day, the children were absolutely quiet. And when they went home, they were too scared even to talk to their parents.

But Joe, John, Todd, and Stephen couldn"t go home. Mrs. Gorf just left them on her desk. They were able to talk to each other, but they didn"t have much to say.

Their parents were very worried. They didn"t know where their children were. Nobody seemed to know.

The next day Kathy was late for school. As soon as she walked in, Mrs. Gorf turned her into an apple.

Paul sneezed during class. He was turned into an apple.

Nancy said, "God bless you!" when Paul sneezed. Mrs. Gorf wiggled her ears--first her right one, then her left--stuck out her tongue, and turned Nancy into an apple.

Terrence fell out of his chair. He was turned into an apple.

Maurecia tried to run away. She was halfway to the door as Mrs. Gorf"s right ear began to wiggle. When she reached the door, Mrs. Gorf"s left ear wiggled. Maurecia opened the door and had one foot outside when Mrs. Gorf stuck out her tongue. Maurecia became an apple.

Mrs. Gorf picked up the apple from the floor and put it on her desk with the others. Then a funny thing happened. Mrs. Gorf turned around and fell over a piece of chalk.

The three Erics laughed. They were turned into apples.

Mrs. Gorf had a dozen apples on her desk: Joe, John, Todd, Stephen, Kathy, Paul, Nancy, Terrence, Maurecia, and the three Erics--Eric Fry, Eric Bacon, and Eric Ovens.

Louis, the yard teacher, walked into the classroom. He had missed the children at recess. He had heard that Mrs. Gorf was a mean teacher. So he came up to investigate. He saw the twelve apples on Mrs. Gorf"s desk. "I must be wrong," he thought. "She must be a good teacher if so many children bring her apples." He walked back down to the playground.

The next day a dozen more children were turned into apples. Louis, the yard teacher, came back into the room. He saw twenty-four apples on Mrs. Gorf"s desk. There were only three children left in the class. ""She must be the best teacher in the world," he thought.

By the end of the week all of the children were apples. Mrs. Gorf was very happy. ""Now I can go home," she said. "I don"t have to teach anymore. I won"t have to walk up thirty flights of stairs ever again."

"You"re not going anywhere," shouted Todd. He jumped off the desk and bopped Mrs. Gorf on the nose.

The rest of the apples followed. Mrs. Gorf fell on the floor. The apples jumped all over her.

"Stop," she shouted, "or I"ll turn you into apple sauce!"

But the apples didn"t stop, and Mrs. Gorf could do nothing about it.

"Turn us back into children," Todd demanded.

Mrs. Gorf had no choice. She stuck out her tongue, wiggled her ears--this time her left one first, then her right--and turned the apples back into children.

"All right, " said Maurecia, "let"s go get Louis. He"ll know what to do."

"No!" screamed Mrs. Gorf. "I"ll turn you back into apples." She wiggled her ears--first her right one, then her left--and stuck out her tongue. But Jenny held up a mirror, and Mrs. Gorf turned herself into an apple.

The children didn"t know what to do. They didn"t have a teacher. Even though Mrs. Gorf was mean, they didn"t think it was right to leave her as an apple. But none of them knew how to wiggle their ears.

Louis, the yard teacher, walked in. "Where"s Mrs. Gorf?" he asked.

Nobody said a word.

"Boy, am I hungry," said Louis. "I don"t think Mrs. Gorf would mind if I ate this apple. After all, she always has so many."

He picked up the apple, which was really Mrs. Gorf, shined it up on his shirt, and ate it.

网友对Sideways Stories from Wayside School的评论


这本书是原装进口的,比一般的书要略小,所以方便携带. 书的重量也比较轻.黄色纸张. 字体大小也还可以.小孩子看久了应该不会觉得眼睛疼. 对于小学高年级的小朋友是要看一些原版英文书了. 书里的故事写的是学校里的事,比较接近学生的生活,但也有些童话色彩.因为是叙述故事,所以里面的时态都是过去式.对我们刚学过去式的孩子是一个复习的机会. 故事很生动,描写很具体.我只看了4页就不禁想笑出来了. 相信后面的内容更精彩.当然对孩子来说,里面也有一些生词.可以增加孩子的词汇量,提升语感. 我孩子还没看,相信他一定会有想看完的冲动的. 等他看完了,让他也来这里评价一下.


This book came highly recommended by everyone I know. I bought it for my reading-shy 8 year old for Christmas. Not only did he read it, but my 11 year old and 6 year old also enjoyed it. He got the series for his birthday and it was one of the presents that he was most excited about.

I absolutely loved this book as a kid, so when my friends and I were talking about it recently I knew I had to order it so we could relive our childhoods! Let me say, this book is everything we remembered and more! It"s full of short, fun, silly stories that any child would love to read or be read!

I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun book for their kid - or even for yourself! Haha.

It would be impossible to overstate how much I love this book. Incredibly clever and humorous, it is up there at the top of my childhood memories. I bought this for my nephew, opened the package in the car, opened the book just to flip through, and ended up reading a couple of chapters on the way to our destination. It was still just as entertaining as when I was younger. Louis Sachar is such a talented writer, and I have loved every book of his I have ever read, but the Wayside School books have an incredibly special place in my heart.

This was one of my favorite books as a child so I decided to get it for my niece for her birthday. Unfortunately the package was damaged while it was being shipped so I had to wait a few extra days to get it. I was a little disappointed with the new illastrations, but overall it"s a hilarious book and my niece loved it.

I just purchased this book for my 8 year old daughter who is pretty new to reading. I read out loud for her and my other daughter (4) last night and they loved it. We got through chapter 1 and they wanted me to keep reading to them. This is a very cute/funny book.

喜欢Sideways Stories from Wayside School请与您的朋友分享,由于版权原因,本站不提供图书下载服务