Miss Nelson Is Missing! (Miss Nelson, #1)
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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 the...more
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
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
Lana
"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...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...more
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
Tressa
How have I never heard of this book?!

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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...more
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
Ronyell
“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...more
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
Brad
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
Sydney
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
Samantha
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...more
Angie
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...more
Amber
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.
Rachael Mack
(Spoiler Alert) Miss Nelson is Missing is an amazing story filled with foreshadowing and irony. Miss Nelson is Missing is about a teacher that has a classroom that misbehaves. Miss Nelson gets fed up with her class never listening to her and behaving rudely, so she hatches a plan to set her class straight. The plan she develops involves Miss Swamp who is a mean, mean wicked woman. Miss Swamp goes into the classroom as a substitute and piles on homework and continently scolds the class. The stud...more
Lea
Sep 16, 2014 Lea added it
This book is about a class full of misbehaved students and a poor teacher that can't do her job because she is being taken advantage of. One day, instead of nice and caring Miss Nelson, the students found that they had Miss Swamp as a substitute. This teacher was very mean and put the class to work both during school and after school. After school that day the children tried going to Miss Nelson's house, but all they saw was Miss Swamp walking there way! The children then imagined what could hav...more
Kendrick Goodman
Ever since I was in Elementary School myself, "Miss Nelson is Missing" has always been one of my favorite picture books. It is able to tell a unique story that almost every elementary school aged child can relate too, and is entertaining at the same time. While re-reading this book, I noticed that there were much italicized words for emphasis and many different characters in such a short book. With this being said, my immediate though was how perfect this book would be for a read aloud in class....more
Meghan Collins
This book caught my eye because it is very popular among elementary students. Believe it or not, I have never read this book so I grabbed it as my first choice.

I was most drawn to the twist in the story; Miss Nelson dresses up like an 'evil' teacher with the intent of making her students appreciate her more as their teacher. Fictional, of course, but even as a teacher I feel this book is a fun way to start out the school year. It would be fun for the students also. I laughed, and really enjoyed...more
babyhippoface
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.)
Amelia
This story was recommended to me by a fellow teacher to read in the beginning of the school year. The writing includes a great deal of description that, on its own, allows readers to paint a picture of characters, places and events in their minds. Moreover, the detailed illustrations strongly aid these written descriptions.

Using this story as a class read aloud is fun way to start off the school year with elementary aged students. Children will enjoy reading about the experiences of the trouble...more
Nanee Zogaa
Story of a nice teacher whose kindness is taken for granted by her students. Miss Nelson, the nice teacher, is replaced by Ms. Swamp. Ms. Swamp is mean, but she makes the students behave. May be a good book to read to reinforce classroom rules and perhaps the possible consequences!
Yejide
This book is funny. It would have been nice if I knew about it before now. I can see myself being Miss Nelson just to shake up the class a bit. The book teaches children not to take advantage of their teachers because the next teacher may not be as nice as the teacher they have.
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Mallory
One of my all-time favorite books! Miss Nelson is Missing is an adorable story describing what happens when you take a person for granted. The illustrations are extremely colorful and creatively portray the imaginative thoughts of Miss Nelson's students.
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