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Miss Nelson Is Missing! (Miss Nelson #1)

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  59,300 ratings  ·  782 reviews
The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher's good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a substitute. "Rarely has the golden rule been so effectively interpreted for children." -- Booklist
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 28th 1985 by Turtleback Books (first published September 9th 1977)
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Amy Musser
The students in Miss Nelson’s class, Room 207, were misbehaving again. No matter how nicely Miss Nelson asked they won’t stop talking, they won’t do their schoolwork, they were even rude during story hour! Sweet Miss Nelson knew something had to be done. The next day at school Miss Nelson did not arrive in Room 207. The students were ecstatic, until they heard an unpleasant voice hissing down the hall. The substitute teacher had arrived. Her name was Miss Viola Swamp and her mood was as ugly as ...more
Samantha Hagler
I remember this book from my childhood and I have always loved it! I think I appreciate it a little more now that I am an adult and a future teacher. This book is a great read and the colorful illustrations will definitely help readers stay engaged and wanting to read it again and again. Miss Nelson is a class teacher in Room 207 where the kids misbehave every day and show her absolutely no respect. She is a very sweet teacher and the students take advantage of her. One day, she gets fed up and ...more
Lisa Vegan
May 22, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: K-4 boys & girls
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
The story and the illustrations are humorous and cute. I’d have adored this book as a kid and would have reread it over & over, chortling all the while. It took me a few pages to “solve the mystery” because I am slow, but whether it’s figured out immediately, as I did, or not until toward the end, the storyline is really fun. The names and words used are funny too. Very enjoyable! This is a great picture book school story of an inventive way to get a class to behave and appreciate a good and ...more
Bravo! Definitely still enjoyable all these years later. I, personally, can't stand certain aspects of the illustrations, but that doesn't really detract from the worthiness or entertainment value of the book.
"Miss Nelson Is Missing!" is a wonderful and hilarious book for children of all ages, and teachers too!!

Miss Nelson is a lovely, sweet and kind teacher...who has the worst behaved class in the whole school! they are rude to her and treat her terribly. One day though, Miss Nelson does not come in to school, she doesn't come in the next day either, or the next or the next! Instead, the children have a supply teacher... the nasty, mean, foul-tempered witch Miss Viola Swamp! She immediately whips th
Lauren Fidler
one of my greatest joys as a mother is getting the opportunity to revisit all the books i loved as a child with my daughters. last night (or, more accurately, this week), we've been studying the allard oeuvre (which fiona calls "oubray" and declares "better than camels" - i am not sure what that means, or what she thinks "oubray" is, but i like it).

poor miss nelson, her students stink. they misbehave and goof off during recreational reading hour and are total miscreants.

so she dares to live the
Katie Carson
Miss Nelson is a perfect example of a picture book with a theme that young students can relate to. I love the fact that many readers can shamefully relate to joining with our classmates to torture an overly nice, young teacher. Students who read this book are able to reflect on their behavior in the classroom with a "you don't know what you have until it's gone" mentality. Now, with my perspective as a teacher, I can relate wanting my students to recognize and appreciate all the hard work and de ...more
How have I never heard of this book?!


A simplistic story that teaches an important lesson of how you should appreciate what you already have, or you just may get something worse. I do understand that reading this picture book as an adult made the story seem less affective and way too predictable, but even my 10-year-old son wasn't very impressed. And I'm still affected by simpler stories such as The Runaway Bunny and Miss Spider's Tea Party: The Counting Book. So there. Not all my fault.
Kiera Burnett
Summary and Critique:
When Miss Nelson’s take advantage of her kind heart and generous ways, she makes a plan to trick them into behaving. One day she “goes missing” leaving her students to an unruly substitute. She whips the children into shape, granting no mercy and allowing no funny business. When Miss Nelson finally returns, the children are so grateful to have her. I can still remember the first time I read this book as a child and how much I enjoyed the story. One critique of the book is th
Kate Babbitt
Books about students and teachers are always entertaining when told in the classroom, as it gets students thinking about their own experiences or behavior as well. The book, Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard is just that. It is a good book with a good moral and behavior lesson. A really nice teacher has a classroom of crazy, disruptive students. She all of a sudden goes missing and the teacher is replaced with a mean teacher, Miss Swamp. She is very tough on the students and whips them into ...more
Tonya Nelson
I love this book! It is a childhood favorite that I have bought and teaches students a valuable lesson.

Summary: Miss Nelson had trouble with the children in room 207 when they threw paper airplanes, spit spitballs at the ceiling, and were rude during story hour. The misbehaving students led Miss Nelson to the conclusion that something must be done. When Miss Nelson was absent the next day, Miss Viola Swamp came in to substitute teach, and the children quickly found out that Miss Viola Swamp mean
Ayah Hamaoui
Very good book. I think every child should read this book. I strongly recommed this book to techers children picure lover and short story lover. We all need a book to connecte with so this is why in righting this. But im not done here I need to know how much u guy LOVE this book as much as i do. This has inspierd me to right this long paragraph about what i think about this book. So i rate this book 5 STARS thatn how much i love it and i hope you will love it as much as i do.LOVE THIS BOOK LOVE ...more
“Miss Nelson is Missing!” is a children’s book written by Harry Allard along with illustrations by James Marshall and is about how the school’s sweetest teacher suddenly disappears and is replaced by a vicious teacher who tortures the students in room 207. This book is surely a joy to read for children who love good humor and a good mystery to solve.

Harry Allard has written a clever story about how the kids of room 207 learned the hard way about behaving when they are nearly stuck with a cruel
Autumn Miller
Summary- A sweet teacher named Miss Nelson who everyday deals with the misbehaving students in her class room 207. So she decides to end the madness and dress up as Miss Viola Swamp to teach her students a valuable lesson. She puts them straight to work with no fun or play. The students missed their old teacher Miss Nelson so much that they even hired Detective McSmogg to the case to find there lost loving teacher. Some of the other students had other ideas of what might have happened to her as ...more
This was always one of my favorite books in elementary school. When I saw that it was a book I could read again after not seeing it for several years, I jumped at the opportunity. It's the story about an elementary class who do everything they could to misbehave and not listen to the teacher. After not being able to get them to listen to her many different times, Miss Nelson decides to get back at them and trick them into behaving. She leaves one day and returns to school the next day as Miss Vi ...more
This book by Harry Allard is a wonderful book. It is one of my favorites I remember from my childhood. The book is about a very sweet teacher who gets taken advantage of by her classroom. None of her students will listen to her or pay attention. Miss Nelson decides something needs to happen so that her class will listen to her again. The next day Miss Nelson doesn't return to the class, which excites her students until they see who their substitute teacher is. The substitute is an awful and scar ...more
Nick Molinet
This is a story that would be great to teach children about following rules and also you could have a discussion about appreciating the things that they have. Miss nelson was a good teacher and she respected her students and taught them as best as she could even though the students misbehave all the time and break the rules making miss nelsons job a little harder. One day miss nelson is "missing"(absent) and a substitute teacher Miss viola swamp comes to teach them and she is very strict and mea ...more
Laura Mincey
This is a great story written by Harry Allard that will truly make young children laugh. This book tells the story about a class who cannot seem to get their behavior under control. Just when their teacher becomes fed up with their behavior, she plays the ultimate trick on the class by dressing up as Viola Swamp--an evil substitute teacher. Viola is mean and won't let the class have ANY fun. Once they are scared, the children start to behave in class, but they miss their teacher, who has been mi ...more
Miss Nelson is Missing was one of my favorite books as a child. It is appropriate for elementary school students. The children in Miss Nelson’s class are terrible and will not act properly. One day, Miss Nelson goes missing and a new mean teacher arrives. She does not put up with misbehavior. The children begin to act right and wish Miss Nelson would return. They try to figure out what happened to her, but she comes back. Now the children listen and act properly.

I think I enjoyed the illustrati
I told myself I wouldn't read any more children's books this year but when I saw this on the shelf, a big grin broke on my face.

It wasn't until I opened the cover that I realized why: I had won it back in 1992 for reading the most books in my local library's summer reading program!*

It seems to me like they don't make good books like this anymore. The illustrations are wonderful, the language is fluent yet simple, and the story is one every child can relate to.

*If you must know, I think the year
One of my childhood favorites that warranted revisiting. Still funny and still cute! And I dig the illustrations.

Also, thank goodness for GoodReads ... I didn't realize there was a Miss Nelson series! Who has two thumbs and put the other 2 books on hold at the library? This guuuuyyyyy!
This book is a book that I enjoyed as a child and a book that I really want to have on my book shelf to share with my children in my classroom. This is such a good book, because it talks about how children in the classroom are taking advantage of Miss Nelson, and then one day, Miss Nelson doesn't show up and Miss Swamp shows up! The children quickly learn a lesson from the substitute teacher and the children learn to love and respect Miss Nelson when she is back. I remember feeling like that whe ...more
Julia Stevens
One of my favorites to read aloud, because I get to become Ms. Viola Swamp. This story is great to reinforce showing respect for your teachers.
Kellie Callahan
This is a children’s book about a rowdy class who makes too much noise, throws too many things, and refuse to do their lessons. So the next day, their teacher, Miss Nelson, doesn’t come to school. Instead and awful, horrible, and strict teacher takes her place. She gives them a lot of homework and takes away story time. Days went by and there was no sign of Miss Nelson, and they missed her, so they went looking for her. They even ask the police. They think she was eaten by a shark, or that she w ...more
Syndi Flores
This is a funny story for kids to read. Miss Nelson is the kind of teacher that is really nice and everybody loves or wishes they had. Her class is the kind that acts really rowdy and refuses to listen to her. The next day the kids are still rowdy and are expecting Miss Nelson to be there but the person that walks in the door is not Miss Nelson. Miss Nelson has a substitute named Miss Viola Swamp! Viola Swamp is the exact opposite of Miss Nelson. Where Miss Nelson is kind and sweet, Viola Swamp ...more
The kids in room 207 are misbehaving. Miss Nelson tries everything, but her students will not behave appropriately. Enter Miss Viola Swamp, a mean substitute who has a large nose and looks like a witch. Immediately she puts the class to work, loading them down with homework and taking away their story time. The kids begin to miss Miss Nelson. Will she ever come back? Will she want to come back?
The style of illustrations and placement of text change on every page. Some illustrations are shown i
Melanie Abril
This charming tale tells the mystery of Miss Nelson and her class. The mischievous students would almost always act out until one day Miss Nelson decided that something had to be done. One day at school Miss Nelson does not show up to class. The students get ready to go wild until the scary new teacher Miss Viola Swamp comes in. Once the class sees their mean new teacher, the students become puzzled and question where their teacher is. After a while of loads of homework and a mean teacher, the s ...more
Hailey Phay
Miss Nelson’s class would not settle down and were rude during story time( throwing spitballs and paper air planes), Miss Nelson decides that something will have to be done to make her students listen and behave. One day when their new teacher Miss Viola Swamp in an ugly black dress with a long pale face shows up to class one day.The class afraid of Miss Swamp did as they were told, and knew that she meant business. Miss Swamp gave them loads of homework and no more story hour. Room 207 missed M ...more
Jenna Kennedy
Miss Nelson’s class would not settle down and were rude during story hour. On the white spread with warm yellow and sketchy illustrations, Miss Nelson decides that something will have to be done! White covers the pages while illustrations full of mutes, primary colors depict the messy classroom full of wild students moving, shown through diagonal lines. The class continues to act up more and more terribly. That is, until one day when their new teacher Miss Swamp in an ugly black dress with a lon ...more
Madison Jones
A classroom of unruly students treat their caring and lovely teacher with complete disrespect. They throw spitballs during story-time and refuse to sit in their seats during math. They take advantage of their teacher's good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute. Near her wits' end, Miss Nelson doesn't come to school one day. Instead, the kids have a vile substitute--the nasty Viola Swamp--who loads the boys and girls with homework and never gives them a story hour ...more
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