Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom (Hardcover)
HarperCollins, 9780062965387, 192pp.
Publication Date: March 3, 2020
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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. 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 child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom.
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!
About the Author
Mr. Sachar's 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 Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Wayside School Is Falling Down, Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, and Holes, winner of a Newbery Medal and National Book Award.
Praise For Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom…
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Sachar’s return to Wayside continues the same side-splitting formula, but a little added polish, overall cohesion, and character development may make this one the best of the bunch. An unbeatable read-aloud option for early middle-grade audiences."
"Sachar’s snappy comedic stride doesn’t miss a beat in his series’ fourth installment—the first since 1995’s Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger—as the curiosities of Mrs. Jewls’s 30th-floor classroom multiply more quickly than ever... Into the regaling levity, Sachar characteristically slips worthy nuggets about the rewards of kindness and friendship."
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"After 40 years, Wayside School is still a delight. It still tickles the funny bone with the most ridiculous scenarios."
— School Library Journal
"With its gonzo humor, nonsensical non sequiturs, and mysterious mustachioed grownups, Wayside School fans should eat this up (spaghetti and feetballs, anyone?)."
— Horn Book Magazine
"Even with more of a traditional through-line, this book maintains the chaotic sense of randomness that was so appealing in earlier volumes. And there are still plenty of puns (“spaghetti and feetballs” is served in the cafeteria), pileups (that skateboard left on the stairs will come into play) and jabs at educators (like the implication that anytime a teacher asks a student to write a word on the board it’s because the teacher doesn’t know how to spell it), with that touch of Dada-esque lunacy that “Wayside” veterans have come to expect."
— New York Times Book Review