With the hype building for the March 5th release of Tim Burton’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, I started thinking about some other books I’d like to see on the big screen. Over my next few posts, I’ll be listing my top 5, in no particular order. Here’s the first:
Sideways Stories From Wayside School by Louis Sachar is another of my absolute favourites. The quirky cast of characters is like no other, as is the story of school that was mistakenly built 30 stories high with a classroom on each floor, rather than one story high with 30 classrooms next to each other. It’s hard to explain a book about dead rats living in the basement, trips to the non-existent 19th floor (and its equally non-existent cast of characters led by teacher Miss Zarves), a teacher who turns students into apples with a wiggle of her ears, and child-flavoured ice cream (each student tastes different!). Suffice it to say, Wayside School is nothing short of absurd–and fantastic.
While the book has already been turned into a cartoon for Nickelodeon (something I did not know until very recently), I’m actually surprised the success of Sachar’s Holes in both book and film form didn’t get the ball rolling for a Wayside movie.
Something I’m hoping for: A live-action version of the book. While I’m sure the cartoon is great, I think the book would work even better as a live action movie, with real people grounding the absurdity of the storylines.