Because this book is backwards, sideways, and sometimes upside-down, it doesn't have anything like a traditional plot structure. Sideways Stories from Wayside School is a collection of thirty mini-stories, each one with its own problem and punch line. So in the spirit of the famous nineteenth story of Wayside School, which doesn't exist, we'll just say this about the plot of this book: There is no plot. The author forgot to write one. He is very sorry.