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Miss Nelson Is Missing! [Bargain Price] [Paperback]

Harry G. Allard , James Marshall
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Sept. 30 1985
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!

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"Rarely has the golden rule been so effectively interpreted for children." Booklist, ALA

About the Author

Allard is the author of several hilarious books for children. He currently lives in Oaxaca, Mexio.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Nelson! Come back, Miss Nelson! June 3 2004
Like a lot of children, I came to discover Miss Nelson in a kind of roundabout way. A child of the 80s, I am a first-generation "Reading Rainbow" graduate. Which is to say, I watched it from the beginning. One of the earliest episodes of this remarkable PBS program was a reading of the story "Miss Nelson Is Back". For years I lay under the mistaken impression that this was the first, heck the ONLY Miss Nelson book put together by that crazy duo of Harry Allard and James Marshall. Imagine my surprise when I discovered (much to my delight) the delightful "Miss Nelson Is Missing". Here is where the Miss Nelson saga all started, and it is a joy to page through.

As the book points out immediately, the kids in Room 207 were the worst behaved class in the whole school. They were rude and nasty and they didn't pay any attention to their sweet-natured teacher Miss Nelson. One day, however, Miss Nelson does not come to school. In her place is the nasty, mean, foul-tempered witch Miss Viola Swamp. A true crone through and through, Miss Swamp immediately whips the children into shape. They are crushed by homework and forced to work that's long and hard. It's not too long after Miss Swamp's arrival that the children start yearning for the lovely Miss Nelson. Unfortunately, no one seems to be able to find her. Finally, one day Miss Nelson comes back and the class is as well behaved as it can be. Only the telltale black dress hanging in Miss Nelson's closet suggests that there may have been more to the class's transformation than initially met the eye.

The story is one that children instantly love. After all, they feel incredibly intelligent when they discover on their own that Miss Nelson and Miss Viola Swamp are one and the same.
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As I mentioned in my review of "Stinky Cheeseman and Other Fairly Stupid Tales," I am taking a Children's Lit class in college, which requires me to read a lot of children's books. So, this is a great excuse for me to write more reviews. If you want to make fun of me for liking these books, so be it. I could care less.
"Miss Nelson is Missing" was always a childhood favorite for me. One of my first picture books I ever read, I think. I even remember that my copy came with a record that you could listen along to as you read. Wow, does that bring back memories. I picked this up a few days ago, and found myself enjoying it as much as I did when I was little, if not more.
This is a book about a sweet and nice teacher who has one of the most terrible classes ever. Everyone is mean and nobody ever listens to her. Miss Nelson knows that something has to be done.
One day, when she doesn't arrive to class, the children are so happy. They think they have driven her away forever. They are all smiles and grins.....until....
They meet Miss. Viola Swamp, an ugly and mean teacher dressed in black and white makeup. She puts them to work, yells at them, and makes them do tons and TONS of homework. Desperate and worried, the children turn to a detective in order to solve the whereabouts of Miss Nelson.
This book is incredible. Fun for all ages, especially the young ones. It's fun and gives a good moral lesson at the same time. It has great writing and very cool pictures. The reading level is pretty easy. Nothing too mind-bending behind it.
I recommend "Miss Nelson is Missing!" to ANYONE! Yes, I don't care how old you are. You're never too old to enjoy a good children's book, and I'm starting to re-discover that. Check this one out whenever you can. And if you have kids, I can almost promise you that this will be a favorite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of our favorites! June 13 2000
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Sometimes you don't realize how good things are, until theychange. That's what's happening in Miss Nelson's class. The sweet,rosy cheeked teacher is saddled with a class of kids who are taking advantage of her gentle nature.
'Now settle down,' said Miss Nelson in a sweet voice.
But the class would not settle down. They whispered and giggled. They squirmed and made faces. They were even rude during story hour. . .'Something will have to be done,' said Miss Nelson. That something arrives the next schoolday, in the person of Miss Viola Swamp -- a witchy-faced, yet rosy-cheeked, tyrant in an ugly black dress. She cancels story hour, loads the class with homework, and warns, "If you misbehave, you'll be sorry."
The kids soon long for Miss Nelson. They worry about what happened to her and go to the police for help. They even go to Miss Nelson's house, only to spot Viola Swamp walking down Miss Nelson's street!
When Miss Nelson finally returns, she's very evasive when the children ask about her absence, and happily "surprised" by their changed behavior. The former hooligans show Miss Nelson the utmost respect. Later that day, while getting ready for bed, she hangs her coat in the closet, right next to an ugly black dress.
James Marshall's illustrations perfectly capture the sweet, rosy-cheeked Miss Nelson, and the mean, but also rosy-cheeked, Viola Swamp. He gives just enough clues for kids to guess the true identity of the substitute. In addition to the ugly black dress in the closet, there's also a wig and a false, pointy nose lying around Miss Nelson's room.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Miss Nelson is Missing
Miss Nelson is Missing is a great book for ages 5-8 years old.
The book is about a school teacher who has kids that screw around in class all the time. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book to your class on the first day of school!
Want to get the school year off on the right foot? Read this book to your class on day one. Stop to ask questions about how the children are acting and what is wrong with the... Read more
Published on July 25 2002 by Amy Marks
5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Nelson Is A Lifesaver
... we read about 9 stories a day (2 circle times in the morning and 1 story time in the afternoon before our sing along time)I often end up repeating the same books over and over... Read more
Published on April 24 2002 by "musical_theatre_major"
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Books follow generations
I first read Miss Nelson when I was seven. I loved the story about the evil substitute teacher Miss Viola Swamp. Now I am a mother of two, one twelve and one eight. Read more
Published on April 15 2002 by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book to read!
I think this book is very good. It was funny too but sometimes sad.I hope read this book too you will love it belive me .
Published on April 12 2002
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I think Miss Nelson is Missing is a funny book. It is written by Harry Allard. The illustrator is James Marshall. Read more
Published on March 12 2002
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Miss Nelson is missing
The main character is the witch. There is a witch that is mean in the classroom,and doesn't like any kids. Read more
Published on March 4 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Cute! A book all teachers should have!
Lovely Miss Nelson can't discipline her class and it shows. She is the brunt of their bad behavior. No problem, she knows what to do. Read more
Published on Dec 26 2001 by apoem
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
My son received this book as a gift when he was 4. He's 6-1/2 now and still loves this book. He was thrilled when his uncle gave him the next book "Miss Nelson is back". Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2001 by Nomi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ! One of the best children's books I have ever read!
This book is wonderful. It was very funny! My 7 years old thought so too. It helps teah children about behaving when a substutite is teaching the class. Read more
Published on July 3 2001 by Amy Lyles
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