Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School

English language

Published Nov. 23, 2010 by Bloomsbury Publishing.

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3 stars (1 review)

This is a book of absurdist math and logic puzzles for children based on the Wayside School books.

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Can Be Overly Complex for New Learners

3 stars

This book can be quite fun to do with kids, and it's pretty enjoyable as a quasi-story with puzzles in the middle. The logic puzzles are sometimes difficult to understand, especially for kids who may just be learning English or starting to learn to read. They're a bit verbose and can be quite hard to follow, with some aspects not being very clear.

There have been a lot of times where I've had kids just tell me that the answer "could be anything," and I can't quite disagree because I felt the same way. But the maths problems (which are the first four chapters) are where this book really shines. They're not overly complex, and they are possible. There are moments where it feels like the answer could be anything, but if you try to work it out? You'll realise that it's not. That part feels much more solid, while …


  • Mathematics
  • Logic Puzzles