YMMV / Wayside School

  • First Installment Wins: While the later two books get some love, the first book is considered the most memorable.
  • Genius Bonus: Wayside School is Falling Down states that Albert Einstein didn't wear socks with the implication that socks make you less smart. It seems like an example of the books' nonsensical humor but Einstein did prefer not to wear socks.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, Mr. Gorf uses his third nostril steal the kids' voices. He crosses it by using Rondi's voice to tell her mother how much she hates her. He does the same to Joe's mother and would have called Leslie's as well had Miss Mush not interfered.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: The "Love and a Dead Rat" chapter in the second book. Even the dead rat can't stomach it.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: What some readers said after reprints of the books received illustrations that looked more abstract than those used from the 1970s through the '90s.
  • The Woobie: Miss Zarves in Gets a Little Stranger, in which she is upset over being unnoticed by the rest of the school despite loving her job and students.
    • Allison definitely needed a hug when everyone stopped noticing her, until she got to the nineteenth story.
    • Todd. He gets sent home early every day, even when he's not doing anything wrong. He's more horribly unlucky than he is a troublemaker.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Miss Nogard. Seeing as she gave up on all love and joy, can you blame her? In her introduction story, the way her heart was utterly shattered was outright tragic. She's more a victim if anything. She makes a Heel–Face Turn thanks to Mrs. Jewls' newborn daughter and Louis showing her The Power of Love.