Miss Nelson Is Missing! Paperback – Oct 28 1985
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Rarely has the golden rule been so effectively interpreted for children." - Booklist, ALA
"If all teachers looked as goofy as Mr. Marshall makes these two, the earth would never again have a truancy problem." - The New York Times
About the Author
Harry Allard is the author of several hilarious books for children, including three books about Miss Nelson and four books about the Stupid family, all illustrated by James Marshall. He currently lives in Oaxaca, Mexico.
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 thefinest 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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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.Read more ›
And boy did this woman ever fit the bill! I can't recall ever seeing a group of second graders so attentive to the day's lesson, so well behaved! Now, the substitute wasn't all that bad, just not as nice as the actual teacher. But we all had Miss Nelson is Missing on our minds and everyone of us kept thinking "What if...?"
I'm just guessing here, but I do believe my second grade teacher knew the affect this book would have on us. She knew we would pay attention in her absence and upon her return great her with enthusiasm and relief. She was right! Now anyone even thinking about becoming an early Elementary School teacher should think well on investing in this book. It may one day prove invaluable to your state of mind when leaving your class to a stranger!
"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.
'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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One of my favourite childhood books, now I read it to my own kids!Published 18 months ago by ChristineR
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
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 morePublished on July 25 2002 by Amy Marks
... 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 morePublished on April 24 2002
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 morePublished on April 15 2002 by Anne
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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