Miss Nelson Is Missing!

Miss Nelson Is Missing!


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The kids in Room 207 were misbehaving again. Spitballs stuck to the ceiling. Paper planes whizzing through the air. They were the worst-behaved class in the whole school.

So begins this quirky classic, first published in 1977 and still relevant today as a lighthearted reminder to show our appreciation to those we value. The students don’t proffer a shred of respect for their good-natured teacher Miss Nelson, but when the witchy substitute Miss Viola Swamp appears on the scene, they start to regret their own wicked ways. James Marshall’s scritchy, cartoonish full-color ink and wash illustrations are hilarious. A back-to-school perennial!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395401460
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/28/1985
Series: Miss Nelson Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 9,407
Product dimensions: 8.35(w) x 10.46(h) x 0.16(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Harry Allard is the author of many hilarious books for children, including several Miss Nelson and Stupid Family titles, all illustrated by James Marshall.

James Marshall (1942–1992) created dozens of exuberant and captivating books for children, including The Stupids, Miss Nelson Is Missing!, and the ever-popular George and Martha books. Before creating his canon of classic, hilarious children’s books, James Marshall played the viola, studied French, and received a master’s degree from Trinity College. He also doodled. It was the doodles, and the unforgettable characters that emerged from them, that led him to his life’s work as one of the finest creators of children’s books of the twentieth century. In 2007, James Marshall was posthumously awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder medal for his lasting contribution to literature for children.

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Miss Nelson Is Missing 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Miss Nelson give too much homework, roo much of everything, expects too much, and the reader hears the grumblings that all children give about their teacher. So, Miss Nelson, who is ever-so-smart, does a disiappearing act, and in her place comes The Wicked Witch, a substiitute who is demanding and grumpy. Oh, how everyone wishes Miss Nelson would return, and therein lies the conflict resolution. A great book for first through third graders. I read to second graders once a week in a school reading program, and the students love this book. It's great for opening up discussions. I think it's a five star book!!
RMC10 More than 1 year ago
Just a funny, fun, silly read.
DominiqueVega More than 1 year ago
This is a classic story that I remember from my childhood. Today, twenty years later, my 2nd grade son also loved the story. A must read for the 1st/ 2nd grader!!!
DanielleSt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The kids in room 207 are becoming increasingly disruptive and their teacher, Miss Nelson, is fed up. When Miss Nelson suddenly disappears and a mean, scary substitute teacher comes in, the kids begin to miss and appreciate Miss Nelson. The substitute, Viola Swamp, drills the kids with classwork and homework. The kids search for Miss Nelson and propose what may have happened to her. When she finally returns, the kids have impeccable attitudes towards school, work, learning, and respecting Miss Nelson. They refuse to tell her why they've suddenly changed, but Miss Nelson may be closer to the truth than you think!
cfalls on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a funny story about a class full of students that misbehave and do not mind their teacher. When Miss Nelson is absent for a day, the students are happy until they realize that a mean teacher is filling in. What the students do not realize that the mean teacher is Miss Nelson in disguise.
esproull on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a classroom full of kids who take advantage of their sweet teacher, Miss Nelson, and misbehave daily. One morning Miss Nelson didn't show up and the kids were excited because to them this meant that they could be extra bad that day. Just then, a woman who was dressed in black and strongly resembled a witch, walked into the classroom and introduced herself as Miss Viola Swamp, their new teacher. Miss Swamp certainly did not tolerate bad behavior, and she gave them more homework than they'd ever had in their lives. After a few days, the kids began to miss Miss Nelson dearly and wished that she'd come back. The next day at school the kids were surprised and couldn't have been happier to see Miss Nelson walk through the door. That day the children were on their very best behavior and didn't even interrupt during story time. That night Miss Nelson looked at the hideous black dress hanging in her closet and smiled because she knew that her plan had worked.
jckeen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great text for a teacher to read on the first day of class. Makes for a good segue into explaining the class rules.
aflanig1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A cute story that teaches kids about the golden rule- a rowdy class learns the importance of their nice teacher
ahauze on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun book teaching kids about behaving and respect. Nice Miss Nelson goes missing after her class misbehaves terribly. She is replaced by the strict substitute teacher Viola Swamp and can't wait for the return of Miss Nelson. Little do they know-Viola Swamp is actually Miss Nelson in disguise.
clmattox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The students in Miss Nelson's room misbehave terribly. Miss Nelson tries to be nice to them, but they continue to act up. One day Miss Nelson does not come to school. Instead, the substitue, Viola Swamp comes in. Viola Swamp is mean and strict. After a few days, the students are yearning for Miss Nelson to return. When she does come back, the students do not misbehave anymore. What the students do not know is that Viola Swamp WAS Miss Nelson!
librarianista76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A children's classic! One of my daughter's teacher's favorites! Who can forget kind Miss Nelson who has trouble controlling the kids while the nasty "sub" Viola Swamp takes over and tortures the students?
szanes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A cleverly written book that kids love to play along with. How do you cure misbehavior in your classroom? Get the meanest, scariest substitute in town! Miss Nelson knew what she was doing! As kids catch on, the book becomes even more enjoyable. At least one sequel to this book.
baachan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having loved these Miss Nelson books as a kid, I decided to go back and re-read them with a critical eye. They held up! Allard and Marshall make a great author/illustrator team. Miss Nelson, the lovable, easy-going teacher of 207, decides something must be done to whip her rowdy class into shape. The next day, Miss Viola Swamp substitutes for Miss Nelson. She works the kids down, gives homework, bans talking. When Miss Nelson comes back to school, she notices the wonderful change! One thing that I noticed this reading was that the illustrations seem to be watercolor, with ink. Allard narrates the story with simple prose, but has enough dry humor in the mix to entertain both readers and readees. One special treat was reading the spines of the books that the students are loaded down with--hard math, big book of facts, etc. Great addition to any school media center or public library. Perhaps a good teaching tool for the classroom---1) behave or you may be sorry 2) appreciate your teachers--it could be a whole lot worse!
mrsarey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a teacher, I adore this book- it's funny and the kids love it too. Always a good read with classes.
Necampos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reading Level 2.6This is a fun mystery book. The misbehaving kids were rude and uncontrollable so Miss Nelson decided to pretend she was a mean witch to get the kids attention. There are clues throughout the text that kids can pick up on and guess that the witch really is Miss Nelson. When Miss Nelson does return to school, the children are sweet to her and obedient.A good lesson to kids would be to respect your nice teachers and obey them or they could have someone liek Viola Swamp who is mean.
Madalyn333 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a really cute story about a class who is always misbehaving. The teacher, Miss. Nelson has a hard time controlling them so she decides to leave one day. A really mean, ugly substitute teacher comes in and the students really miss Miss. Nelson. At the end of the story we find out that the substitute teacher is Miss. Nelson dressed up as someone else. This story is the most appropriate for intermediate readers.
bcbias on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book to read for teachers with students who like to misbehave. The students in Miss Nelson's room act up all the time and Miss Nelson must do something about it. The next day she isn't there for class but they have a mean substitue named Miss Viola Swamp. She gives them a lot of homework and the students hate her. They decide to search for Miss Nelson but can't find her anywhere. They are worried that they will be stuck with Miss Swamp forever. But MIss Nelson returns and the class acts like the best class in the whole school. They don't know the secret: Miss Nelson is Miss Viola Swamp.
D.Holliman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Again Allard does a great job capturing not only what it is like to be student, but also what it is like to be a teacher. I think that quite a few teachers would love to come to work as the Swamp to get their rowdy students back in line, especially with some of the tough students that our in today's classrooms. This book could be used to discuss with your students what are classroom rules and what are some consequences when we don't follow the rules. But over all it is just a fun and great read that students seem to love, they enjoy this series and really love the art work.
EmilyAnnSp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Miss Nelson is a sweet teacher with an out of control class of students. They do not pay attention to her at all and when they do pay attention they are being very rude. One day Miss Nelson does not show up to school. They students were so happy because they knew they could act up even worse now that Miss Nelson is gone. But the students were very wrong. They were stuck with a mean, wicked substitute name Miss Viola Swamp. She was very mean and very ugly. She made the students of room 207 do all kinds of work. The students wanted to find Miss Swamp and started to look for her and even went to her house but she was not there. Soon Miss Nelson came back and the students were so grateful to not have Miss Swamp they were very nice and respectful students.
kdemott on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Classic. Great for an unruly class. Fun and humorous.
krdavis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh, I love this book. When I become a teacher I will definitely read this book during story time. I would say it is a good book for 1st and 2nd grade. It is the perfect book for school.
jebass on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Miss Nelson is a teacher whose class of young pupils is particularly rambunctious and resistant to structure and discipline. Miss Nelson is a very sweet lady, and finds it impossible to successfully manage the children¿s instruction. When Miss Nelson doesn¿t show up for class one day, the students are excited with plans to be EXTRA mischievous in her absence. Until Miss Viola Swamp introduces herself as Miss Nelson¿s substitute. Viola Swamp is NO FUN. She¿s ugly, for one, and she wears an ugly black dress and boy, is she MEAN. She makes them work all day, she skips story hour, and assigns entirely too much homework. The children long for sweet Miss Nelson, and set out to search for her. They consult with a detective (who is no help at all), they travel to Miss Nelson¿s house to look for her, but run as fast as possible in the other direction when the see Viola Swamp coming around the corner. When they arrive at school the next day, the children hear footsteps down the hall, expecting the witch, Viola Swamp; instead, to their delight, a sweet voice greets the class, and the students welcome her back with open, loving arms. They missed Miss Nelson, who refuses to answer questions about her previous absence, telling the children that her whereabouts were her ¿little secret.¿ That night, when Miss Nelson arrived back home, she hung her coat in her closet, right next to¿gasp!?¿an ugly black dress, which looks incredibly similar to the black dress worn by Miss Viola Swamp. When she crawls in bed for the night, Miss Nelson sings and smiles to herself, whispering ¿I¿ll never tell.¿I would love to read this book aloud to a group of children. Since the book never explicitly says that Miss Nelson was posing as the mean witch Viola Swamp in an effort to make her students more appreciative of her kind nature, it would be incredibly interesting, I think, to observe the students react to the black dress in Miss Nelson¿s closet at the end of the book. This book carries the underlying message that kindness should not be mistaken for weakness, and that you shouldn¿t take advantage of people in any situation just because you can. The story places importance on being thankful for and appreciative of people who treat others kindly; and implies that there are consequences when you are disrespectful and behave inappropriately. You may end up getting just what you deserve¿a mean, witch of a teacher like Viola Swamp!I would enjoy reading this book with a group of students, following with an open discussion. A brief discussion of literary elements could be included, but this is too fun a story to be taken too seriously. I feel it would be an injustice to the author¿s intended purpose to dissect it to death.
michelleknudsen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite picture books, although I¿d never before realized it had the group-mind POV thing going on. This book is what made me more interested in exploring the group-mind topic, because I seem to keep wanting to write picture books with group-mind characters, and common wisdom seems to be that you need one (individual) identifiable character to create a successful picture-book story. Since I doubt anyone can argue that Miss Nelson Is Missing! is anything other than a successful picture-book story, it seemed to present the beginnings of a very good counterargument.
kidlit9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher's good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute.
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very funny story. Some kids decide to act up when their teacher is gone, but the joke is on them when their substitute, Miss Viola Swamp, comes into the classroom.CMB