Louis Sacher‘s “Sideways Stories from Wayside School” was first introduced to me by my grandma who read it aloud to both me and my sister, so I always think of it fondly. This illustration is based on a new kid that arrives at Wayside, Sammy. Sammy had a lot of raincoats and a secret. Sacher wrote the first book of the Wayside series after working with a group of elementary school students while he was in college, so the kids in the book were named after the children that he worked with. And Louis the Yard Teacher? That really was Sacher.
Sideways Stories from Wayside School, 5″x5″, ink, and watercolor on illustration board