Potatoes are a type of vegetable, which act as a recurring theme in the Wayside School books and cartoon.
Appearances of potatoes
- "Joe" - Potatoes are left out on Joe's desk for him to count. Joe later asks if he can eat one of the potatoes. This is the only appearance of potatoes in Sideways Stories from Wayside School.
- "Science, Geography, etc." - A question on one of the tests is "Which can jump higher, a kangaroo or a potato?". Paul is the only student who guesses a potato. This is the only appearance of potatoes in Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School.
- "Calvin's Big Decision" - In this chapter of Wayside School is Falling Down, Calvin gets a tattoo of a potato on his ankle.
- "Another Story About Potatoes" - In this chapter of the second book, Joe and John end up eating Miss Mush's potato salad, which morphs into the face of Mrs. Gorf.
- "Lost and Found" - Although not technically a potato, in this chapter at one point, Maurecia is seen eating sweet potato pie.
- More Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School never directly mentions potatoes, but Calvin's tattoo, which is of a potato, is brought up again in the chapter "Miss Worm Finally Understands!".
- "Doctor Pickle" - In this chapter of Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, Dr. Pickell hypnotizes a lady so whenever her husband says the word "potato", she will slap him in the face.
- "A Light Bulb, a Pencil Sharpener, a Coffeepot, and a Sack of Potatoes" - In Mrs. Drazil's experiment, a sack of potatoes is one of the things dropped out of the windows.
- "Mrs. Gorf" - In this episode of the cartoon, Mrs. Gorf transforms Myron into a potato rather than an apple.