Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom (Wayside School, #4)
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!

Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom (Wayside School, #4) Details

TitleWayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom (Wayside School, #4)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 3rd, 2020
PublisherHarperCollins
ISBN-139780062965387
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Humor, Fiction

Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom (Wayside School, #4) Review

  • karen
    January 1, 1970
    A NEW WAYSIDE SCHOOL BOOK?? FOR MEEEEEE?
  • Liv Morris
    January 1, 1970
    The author's note of this book made me laugh. It's that funny, start to finish.If you're worried that this book won't capture the spirit of the first three, or that it will feel outdated, rest assured on both counts. Wayside School has not been "updated" for 2020 - there's not a smartphone in sight, for instance - yet it still feels fresh. The kids are instantly recognizable and the jokes stick the landing.Each of the books in the series has some sort of plot that loosely ties all its stories The author's note of this book made me laugh. It's that funny, start to finish.If you're worried that this book won't capture the spirit of the first three, or that it will feel outdated, rest assured on both counts. Wayside School has not been "updated" for 2020 - there's not a smartphone in sight, for instance - yet it still feels fresh. The kids are instantly recognizable and the jokes stick the landing.Each of the books in the series has some sort of plot that loosely ties all its stories together. This one's villain is not an evil teacher but a sort of existential dread, the titular, ominously-named storm heading steadily toward the school, blotting out the sunlight, inducing bouts of anxiety and grumpiness. Vague as it is - no one seems to know exactly what the Cloud of Doom will do, just that the possibilities are endless and they're all bad - it's hard not to read it as a reflection of today's (figurative) climate. The kids may not understand exactly what this storm is, but they know enough to feel apprehensive. But at the end of the day they're okay, not because the storm never comes but because, like all kids, Mrs. Jewls' students are surprisingly resilient, innovative, and often maddeningly stubborn.The master of of the Grade School Gothic subgenre has returned. Long live Wayside. Two dead rats way up.
    more
  • ♛primadonna♛
    January 1, 1970
    .!!!!!!!!One of my favorite series of all time is getting a new addition!!!!!!
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    A NEW WAYSIDE SCHOOL BOOK?!?!?! I am so here for this!(...and Mr. Kidswatter is a mugworm griblick.)
  • Kellee Moye
    January 1, 1970
    Oh the nostalgia! Just as quirky as I remember!
  • Dan
    January 1, 1970
    I am SO thrilled that this book exists. I read the first ones many times, not long after book 3 came out, and waited patiently for the next book. And waited. And waited. My ten-year-old self is screaming, screaming, screaming at this unexpected bounty. And -- the best part -- it's wonderful. Sachar could have written this in between his other books and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. To someone who hasn't read them in twenty years, it is exactly what I expected. More silly stories, I am SO thrilled that this book exists. I read the first ones many times, not long after book 3 came out, and waited patiently for the next book. And waited. And waited. My ten-year-old self is screaming, screaming, screaming at this unexpected bounty. And -- the best part -- it's wonderful. Sachar could have written this in between his other books and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. To someone who hasn't read them in twenty years, it is exactly what I expected. More silly stories, a buffoon principal, ultimate tests, and even an amazing new dish from Miss Mush. All the same students and teachers are back, and even some of their previous adventures are referenced.I can't wait to start sharing this book with the next generation of Wayside School fans -- or the last one!
    more
  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusSo great to see Sachar revisiting this series. I have such fond memories of it, and the fourth book has all the humor and charm of the earlier titles. One of the first books I purchased when I started my job in 2002 was a replacement copy for Wayside School, since my daughters had enjoyed them so much. I weeded the series just a year or two ago because of condition and lack of interest, so I probably will not buy this fourth book. Elementary libraries where the E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusSo great to see Sachar revisiting this series. I have such fond memories of it, and the fourth book has all the humor and charm of the earlier titles. One of the first books I purchased when I started my job in 2002 was a replacement copy for Wayside School, since my daughters had enjoyed them so much. I weeded the series just a year or two ago because of condition and lack of interest, so I probably will not buy this fourth book. Elementary libraries where the books are still popular will want to rush to buy a copy!
    more
  • Amber Brown
    January 1, 1970
    I audibly gasped when I pulled this ARC out of its box. Then I showed it to multiple coworkers of varying ages, who also audibly gasped. Wayside School's reputation is unmatched among anyone who grew up or had children in the past 30 years, and we are so excited to handsell this! It was so much fun seeing all our old friends again (Miss Zarves! Miss Mush! Dr. Pickle!), and Sachar hasn't lost his classic touch of these hilarious stories that all come together in the end.
    more
  • Erised Moon
    January 1, 1970
    OH MY GAAAAAAWD YES.
  • Kelly Hager
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
    more
  • Pj
    January 1, 1970
    Admittedly, this is as much a honest opinion as a nostalgic one. Louis Sachar was one of my fifth grade teacher's favorite authors and, by the mid-point of that year, he became one of mine. I read and/or he read to us "Sideways Stories from Wayside School", "Wayside School is Falling Down", "There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom", "Dogs Don't Tell Jokes" and the, then brand new, "Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger". The books - the Wayside School stories in particular - remain personal Admittedly, this is as much a honest opinion as a nostalgic one. Louis Sachar was one of my fifth grade teacher's favorite authors and, by the mid-point of that year, he became one of mine. I read and/or he read to us "Sideways Stories from Wayside School", "Wayside School is Falling Down", "There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom", "Dogs Don't Tell Jokes" and the, then brand new, "Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger". The books - the Wayside School stories in particular - remain personal favorites and a return trip is always welcome when my mood needs lifting. I still have my original personal copies of the books (the first I am certain will fall apart anytime and the third still has the shiny Scholastic Book Fair Plate with my name neatly written by the school librarian) and even turned to my favorite chapter ('Todd') for a public speaking and performance class in college. So when I discovered a fourth book was arriving, I got excited. It felt like catching up with old friends - that Todd is the first kid mentioned made me practically cheer. Not to forget to mention that the book is good. It's swift, funny and warm. The exact feeling of a warm cozy blanket on a chilly night or the comfortable fit of a favorite slipper. All together, thanks largely to not being in the fifth grade anymore, it took maybe two hours to get through it. It was two hours well spent and two hours I would gladly spend again.
    more
  • Danielle Russell
    January 1, 1970
    My inner 7 year old is so happy to be back at Wayside School with all the crazy kiddos from Ms. Jewls' class. Despite the books being first published more than 40 years ago (with more than 20 since the last one), the latest installment stays true to the previous books. I enjoyed getting to revisit Wayside School, and see the hilarity of the characters as they collect a million toenail clippings, vie to be the student that gets to ring Mr. Kidswatter's gong, and try Mrs. Mush's scary cafeteria My inner 7 year old is so happy to be back at Wayside School with all the crazy kiddos from Ms. Jewls' class. Despite the books being first published more than 40 years ago (with more than 20 since the last one), the latest installment stays true to the previous books. I enjoyed getting to revisit Wayside School, and see the hilarity of the characters as they collect a million toenail clippings, vie to be the student that gets to ring Mr. Kidswatter's gong, and try Mrs. Mush's scary cafeteria concoctions. And of course, I loved that Mrs. Zarves makes an appearance! (Because let's be honest, a Wayside School book without Mrs. Zarves would be incomplete).
    more
  • Katie Cooper
    January 1, 1970
    I love Wayside School characters and the newest iteration of their stories does not disappoint. All my favorites are back (except Calvin, he of the potato tattoo), and I love the plays on words and metaphor of the cloud of doom and the ultimate test (that ultimately does not show mastery of much knowledge). Of course, I think it's a bit too short because I always want more stories, and I do wish there was a bit more focus on each character, but I loved getting some more information about Miss I love Wayside School characters and the newest iteration of their stories does not disappoint. All my favorites are back (except Calvin, he of the potato tattoo), and I love the plays on words and metaphor of the cloud of doom and the ultimate test (that ultimately does not show mastery of much knowledge). Of course, I think it's a bit too short because I always want more stories, and I do wish there was a bit more focus on each character, but I loved getting some more information about Miss Zarves and other characters that were in the first few books but not really expounded upon.
    more
  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    25 years later and Wayside is as sideways and as satisfying as ever!Completely in the same vein as the other installments, you're sure to get more of what you love. I can't say whether this book is more entertaining for kids or for adults. On one hand, Louis Sachar gets kids like no one else. Truly, he's the best. But I was laughing out loud throughout at all the relatable jokes for teachers, and the truly masterful display of set up and pay off. Comedy gold.
    more
  • Dana
    January 1, 1970
    What a delightful surprise to discover a newly released Wayside School! Cloud of Doom stays true to the style and tone of the originals, and my students are going to love it! (Also, I was pretty excited to get introduced to the Wayside librarian.)
  • Matt
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful, of course. I love the Wayside School books and this one was funny and didn't really make sense and yet came together so well. I loved it just as I knew I would.Miss Zarves is, as always the best. Miss Zarves doesn't exist.
  • Kmleeh
    January 1, 1970
    An excellent addition to one of my favorite childhood series. So many good memories and feelings were brought back as I read. Don't let your little one miss this one and if you remember reading these when you were young - grab it as quickly as you can.
    more
  • Zelda Reben
    January 1, 1970
    Between two jobs and full-time school it's been difficult to find time to read, but you bet I pre-ordered this. It was nice to have something quick & easy to read. It doesn't quite compare to the first three that I read a gazillion times but I still give it 4/5 stars.
    more
  • Robin Herrera
    January 1, 1970
    I used to read this series to my students back when I was a teacher. I think they would really like the new book. I enjoyed the callbacks to previous books. Also, someday I wish someone would do a graphic novel version of Wayside School.
  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Really fun installment of the Wayside School books! I hadn't realized I missed Wayside School in my life until I got more of it.
  • Mary Beth
    January 1, 1970
    The child in me loves this book as much as the teacher in me. I have loved these books since I was seven years old, and this is a worthy addition to the series.
  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    There are some very silly parts and very funny parts to this set of connected stories about Wayside School. I loved that Louis the yard teacher is the author of these stories. Fun. Not deep, but fun.
  • Elizabeth Nicole Schwartz
    January 1, 1970
    I read these books in 5th grade and LOVED them. To say I'm stoked is an understatement.
  • Em Stevens
    January 1, 1970
    AHAHAHAHAHAHA This was so great. Wayside School is one of my favorite universes. This new release is every bit as funny, quirky, and straight up weird as the previous four.
  • Teresa Bateman
    January 1, 1970
    After way too many years Wayside School is back and once again a book about the 30-story school has 30 stories about the class on the 30th story. Weirdness abounds as paperclips gain added significance, an umbrella plays an important life-saving role, and the principal makes a major change. There's a weird face that transfers from person to person, and a cloud of doom that provides convenient excuses and a feeling of impending horror. Mrs. Jewls seems to have mellowed a bit in this book, and the After way too many years Wayside School is back and once again a book about the 30-story school has 30 stories about the class on the 30th story. Weirdness abounds as paperclips gain added significance, an umbrella plays an important life-saving role, and the principal makes a major change. There's a weird face that transfers from person to person, and a cloud of doom that provides convenient excuses and a feeling of impending horror. Mrs. Jewls seems to have mellowed a bit in this book, and the stories are not quite as acerbic. Nevertheless the short humorous chapters should attract young readers, especially reluctant readers. Hopefully this revives interest in the entire series.
    more
  • Jasmine Wright
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a big fan of the Wayside School books for years now. I've pretty much read the first three books to the point of near-obsession, not quite enough to have them memorized, but enough to probably be able to tell you surprisingly minor details with almost scary accuracy.I say this, because the announcement of a fourth book was as exciting as it was terrifying. We hadn't gotten one in twenty-five years, after all. Following three excellent books after such a long wait would be an I have been a big fan of the Wayside School books for years now. I've pretty much read the first three books to the point of near-obsession, not quite enough to have them memorized, but enough to probably be able to tell you surprisingly minor details with almost scary accuracy.I say this, because the announcement of a fourth book was as exciting as it was terrifying. We hadn't gotten one in twenty-five years, after all. Following three excellent books after such a long wait would be an absolutely monumental task, and while I spent every last minute waiting for Cloud of Doom in excitement, I couldn't help but settle this terrible feeling, that Louis Sachar wouldn't be able to stick the landing this fourth time around.When I finished reading Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom, I was crying tears of joy. That was probably the fifth time I cried tears of joy that night, the other four times being during the rest of the book. The book is funny, whimsical, weird, and surprisingly emotionally resonant with myself, which is pretty much everything I could want from a new Wayside book. Right now, it is the middle of the night, so my thoughts aren't all there. But for anyone who loves the Wayside School series, or anyone who just loves good books, for that matter, or anyone at all, if I'm being frank, I implore you to read this book. Maybe you won't get out of it what I did, and that's okay, but I got what I did and for that matter, this book gets my utmost highest regards.
    more
  • 🖤JORY🖤
    January 1, 1970
    What is your favorite character from this book ?
  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    I adored the Wayside School books when I was a kid so I couldn't resist reading the newest book in the series. It's been 25 years since the last book and these characters came right back to me as I was reading. It was a fun trip down memory lane for me. It fights right in with the original books, and I can see it being popular with kids today.
    more
  • Trisha Perry
    January 1, 1970
    All your favorite friends, staff, and teachers are back for another year. The kids are busy getting ready for the ultimate test, and collecting finger and toe nails. Yes friends finger and toe nails to help teach the children's what one million looks like. But a cloud of doom has placed itself over the school and is affecting everyone. Will the children be able to pass the ultimate exam with the cloud of doom, and how long will it stay? There are so many questions to be answered but will they All your favorite friends, staff, and teachers are back for another year. The kids are busy getting ready for the ultimate test, and collecting finger and toe nails. Yes friends finger and toe nails to help teach the children's what one million looks like. But a cloud of doom has placed itself over the school and is affecting everyone. Will the children be able to pass the ultimate exam with the cloud of doom, and how long will it stay? There are so many questions to be answered but will they get them?This is a awesome book and I am so glad Mr. Sachar decided to revisit our friends at Wayside School this will help another generation of children to come to this awesome by different scho
    more
  • Booksaregreat
    January 1, 1970
    I AM SOOO EXCITED TO READ THIS BOOK!!!
Write a review