Friday, December 11, 2015

WAYSIDE SCHOOL GETS A LITTLE STRANGER


Review of WAYSIDE SCHOOL GETS A LITTLE STRANGER by LOUIS SACHAR
(third in the WAYSIDE SCHOOL series)

You might have thought the second book concluded the wayside school series - what with the school being taken over by cows at the end - but never fear; the strangest, silliest fictional school is back for an actual final installment.

This concluding volume has more of a storyline than the previous books. Where earlier ones featured disparate chapters connected by a bizarre setting and goofy characters, this felt more like a story than the others. Each chapter still tells its own very brief tale, but with this installment the chapters connect from one to the other more - which, perhaps, could be why this one’s definitely my favorite. I like silly and witty, but I still need a little order.

Some of the highlights from this volume include a string of uniquely terrible substitute teachers, a hypnotist school counselor, plenty more ludicrous conversations, an embittered woman with three ears, and useless elevators. These books are nothing if not unique!

While the earlier books felt a little more juvenile re-reading them as an adult, this last one made me sad to see the series end. I love a little social commentary rolled into something cute and comical, and the Wayside School series injects every silly page with serious subtext.

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