Study Guide

Sideways Stories From Wayside School Friendship

By Louis Sachar

Friendship

They were quite a pair. Their teamwork was remarkable. Bebe drew pictures as fast as Calvin could pick up the old paper and set down the new—a fish, an apple, three cherries, bing, bing, bing. (6.16)

Bebe and Calvin are perfectly matched, the Batman and Robin of the art room. Calvin is perfectly happy to be Bebe's assistant because he thinks he's no good at art, and Bebe loves having Calvin's help. Even though Bebe ultimately decides to stop drawing so quickly, Bebe and Calvin make a great team because they have the same goal: to make fabulous art.

Then Dameon smiled too. His smile was almost as big as D.J.'s. They were best friends. (16.6)

It seems to make perfect sense that the two kids in class with the biggest smiles are best friends, doesn't it? Here's an example of two kids who probably have compatible personalities.

Joe was John's best friend. He could stand on John's head. Every time John fell over, Joe stood on his head. After all, what are best friends for? (17.11)

One of the funniest (and truest) statements about friendship in the book—illustrating that elementary school friendships can be wonderful and painful at the same time. What are friends for, if not to stand on your head after you fall over? Seriously.

"Can I play?" asked Terrence. "No," said Calvin. "You'll just kick the ball over the fence." (26.21-22)

What is this quote doing in the friendship section? Terrence's story is actually a great example of how not to make friends. He is such a bad sport that he cares more about disrupting games than befriending his classmates.

They were friends for a good reason. He didn't know her name, and she didn't know his. They just called each other "Hey, you," or just plain "You." (28.4)

Nancy and Mac (or Mac and Nancy?) are another perfect pair at Wayside School. Ideally matched because they never ask the other what their first name is, they bond over their mutual hatred of their names and eventually end up swapping. This is an example of a friendship forged over a shared experience no one else really understands.

He was all dressed up as a goblin for Mrs. Jewls's Halloween party.

But unfortunately, it wasn't Halloween.

"Ha, ha, ha, you sure look stupid," said Jason. (29.1-3)

Jason's the first one to tease his best friend Stephen for coming to school dressed up for Halloween. Again, just like Joe who stands on John's head, this must be a sign of true friendship.