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Miss Nelson Is Missing! (Miss Nelson #1)

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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 thei
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 28th 1985 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published September 9th 1977)
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Nov 15, 2015 Elyse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Look at how wonderful Matthew's review is!

He is on a mission to discover the great classic children's books!

This is a clever -wise - mystery story for 'all' ages! A Treasure!
To check out all my reviews:

I remember when I was a little kid I had a teacher who should us this book and I do not remember what grade this was or if she read us the story or not. Anyway I am on this mission to discover classic children's books to read and fall in love with and for this one I found it adorable and smart. I guarantee you if I was a little kid I wouldn't make the connection till the end but since I am an adult it is quite clear where Miss Nels
Aug 01, 2016 Ronyell rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of the Miss Nelson series!

“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.

The book begins with the kids in room 207 misbehaving, especially since they got the reputation of being the worst-behaved class in the entire scho
Amy Forrester
Dec 26, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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
Jan 31, 2013 Samantha Hagler rated it really liked it
Shelves: school-themed
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
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
Lisa Vegan
May 22, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it  ·  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
Torrie Wilson
Jul 11, 2015 Torrie Wilson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life-lessons
I read this book as a child. I can remember that a substitute teacher was the first to introduce this book to me. I remembered because I thought it was funny that Mrs. Swamp in the book was a sub and the teacher reading it was too. I think this book is a great way to teach students how to appreciate things and to be on their good behavior because you never know what will happen if you're misbehaving.
Rebecca McNutt
May 27, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing
I still have my copy of this book from kindergarten, and its story is timeless. These days it seems like kids never respect anyone; they're rude, nasty and cruel a lot of the time to their parents and teachers, but this book serves as a reminder to treat others the way you'd like to be treated. Accompanied by hilarious and brightly-colored illustrations, this is definitely an excellent children's story.
May 24, 2012 Lana rated it it was amazing
"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
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
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 ...more
Ana Moreno
Feb 12, 2015 Ana Moreno rated it it was amazing
I love it {> (That's a heart). I would read this book everyday if I had the chance
Nov 26, 2016 Angela rated it it was amazing
Adding another classic to my Goodreads. James Marshall is one of my all-time favorites.
Sep 25, 2012 Brad rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Nov 25, 2015 Annikka rated it it was amazing
Summarize the book:

This book is about Miss Nelson's classroom, which is full of students who don't listen and are considered the worst class in the entire school. One day the good-natured and soft spoken Miss Nelson does not show up for class, instead the witchy Miss Viola Swamp comes to her class. In no time Miss Viola Swamp makes life so miserable for the class that they soon wish Miss Nelson was back, but when they go to Miss Nelson's house they can't find her. Where did Miss Nelson go?

Sep 19, 2012 Sydney rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Autumn Miller
Sep 06, 2011 Autumn Miller rated it it was amazing
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 book is about a teacher name Miss Nelson in room 207 where the kids misbehave everyday and doesn't show her any respect. One day, she had enough of their misbehaving ways and dressed up as a "substitute" named Viola Swamp. The kids did not like her because they think she is mean and a witch the fact that she would yell at them, gives them a lot of homework, and make them work extra hard. Soon, they begin to miss Miss Nelson and when she returns, they learned their lesson to never mi
Nick Molinet
Jan 30, 2013 Nick Molinet rated it liked it
Shelves: story-time, disguise
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 ...more
Nov 11, 2015 Djamison rated it it was amazing
"Miss Nelson Is Missing!" is a classic twist to the mystery genre that can be enjoyed by children of all ages. Miss Nelson is a really nice and sweet teacher; one that any student would be proud to call theirs. But the students in Room 207 are unruly, disrespectful, and the most worst behaved class in the whole school. So what is a teacher to do? Miss Nelson does not show up to school for a couple of days, and the students get a glimpse of what it was like to not have such a nice teacher. Miss ...more
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
Laura Mincey
Mar 19, 2011 Laura Mincey rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Aug 25, 2016 Angie rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 21, 2010 Samantha rated it really liked it
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
This one is funny, and it even has a mystery that older kids can solve. (My 6-year-old keeps pointing it out, but my 3-year-old is oblivious.)

The story shows children how to appreciate the kind people in their lives (teachers, in this case) by contrasting them with the alternative - callous bullies. My big complaint is that the horrendous "substitute" teacher is described as a "witch", as if that were a bad thing, so it is not very pagan-friendly. I was replacing that with "evil witch" when I re
Aug 20, 2014 Tressa rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile
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.
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 ...more
Jan 21, 2011 babyhippoface rated it really liked it
Read this to Kindergarten today. They loved it. And I loved watching their faces when they heard me say, "Right next to an ugly black dress". And then they wanted to hear it again.

My favorite part? Threatening them with the thought that if they didn't behave, their teacher might disappear and Miss Viola Swamp might take her place. (And each teacher took great delight in that thought.)
Jan 01, 2009 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children in elementary school
This is a fantastic story for young readers. I remember it from my own childhood. Real appreciation for the great teachers I had! Our girls also love the books in this series and we really liked hearing this book read on casette tape.
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