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Miss Nelson Is Missing! (Miss Nelson #1)

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  65,490 ratings  ·  860 reviews
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 the
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 28th 1985 by HMH Books for Young Readers (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
Rebecca McNutt
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.
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
Torrie Wilson
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.
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
"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
Ana Moreno
I love it {> (That's a heart). I would read this book everyday if I had the chance
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
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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.
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
The librarian at my elementary school dressed up and acted like Miss Nelson. She was terrifying. I liked it very much.
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.
Sierra Watts
This is one of my favorite children's books. I would tell my students " you better be good before I go missing and Ms. Swamp becomes your teacher". They would all yell "nooo" and start to laugh.
Melissa Coyle
Bratty children can turn me into a witch instantly (ask mine). A fun book about respect!
Miss Nelson is Missing is a fabulous book that demonstrates a great life lesson in a simple way. Despite the average illustrations, the story flowed nicely and pictures demonstrated great imagination. I would without a doubt recommend this book to any parents or teachers for a young reader.

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Miss Nelson is Missing is a short story the begins with a classroom of children acting up and disrespecting their teacher. "Spit balls stuck to the ceiling. Paper planes whizzed throu
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