HOT OFF THE PRESS this week is a brand new-look edition of the Louis Sachar adventure Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom (Published by Bloomsbury) now featuring a brilliantly bonkers new jacket and a selection of fun-filled internal black and white line illustrations by Aleksei Bitskoff. From the basement to the thirtieth floor, Wayside is packed with quirky and hilarious characters this is an unmissable, irrepressible story of mixed-up mayhem from the bestselling author of Holes.

The book is set in Wayside School, an elementary school that was accidentally built sideways, being thirty stories tall with one classroom on each floor, but without a nineteenth story. The book focuses on the school as the Cloud of Doom, a large gloomy storm cloud, settles above the school, inciting bouts of anxiety and depression in the students.

We think you’ll agree this vibrant action-packed new look jacket definitely has ‘leap off the bookshelf’ appeal. Aleksei’s talent for character design really brings Louis characters to life.

Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom is published by Bloomsbury and you can grab a copy HERE

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