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Miss Nelson Is Missing! (Miss Nelson #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  79,125 Ratings  ·  1,109 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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Nov 15, 2015 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
Amy Forrester
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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

“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
Rebecca McNutt
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Samantha Hagler
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 17, 2011 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
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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
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
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
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love it {> (That's a heart). I would read this book everyday if I had the chance
Where Miss Nelson went is a mystery to the students in Room 207. The classroom is out of control because she's just too nice. Miss Nelson disappears and her replacement is the not so nice Viola Swamp. The students will do anything to have Miss Nelson back, even go a far as getting a private eye.

One of the purposes of reading aloud can be for pure aesthetics. This is an old favorite and students would get enjoyment out of the out of control classroom and the recess canceling, homework overloading
Tiffany PSquared
One of my favorites from my early school days, and now I get to share the same story with my daughter - who figured out Miss Nelson's trick before the secret was revealed!

Caroline Hamilton
This review is required for Dr. Sykes' READ 3307 course at the University of Mary-Hardin BaylorMiss Nelson is Missing, written by Harry Allard and illustrated by James Marshall, is a contemporary realistic fiction book that takes place mostly in Miss Nelson's elementary classroom. Miss Nelson is a kind teacher whose students take advantage of her and are cruel and disrespectful. One day, Miss Nelson is not in the class and instead is the mean and scary Miss Viola Swamp. The students immediately ...more
Leigha's Little Library
I love, loved this book as a child. I remember reading it during the toddler years (or it being read to me) and also reading it myself several times after I was able to read on my own. I'm an adult now, but picture books still have a soft spot for me and I really love the artwork!

I reread this picture book on September 3 2017 at the age of 33 years old and it still holds magic for me. I doubt I will ever grow out of loving books meant for all ages, especially the ones I grew up with.


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R. G. Nairam
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I don't think we own it. Granny's house? Our old library?

It's such an incredibly /familiar/ book.

Not quite 4 stars probably. But I was so happy to see it, even though I haven't thought about it in years.
Niyah lynn
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where did miss NElson go in the middle soooo funny made laugh soo hard read and u will enjoy and if ur down this book will help u get happy again GO READ IT!
Betsey Brannen
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: preschool
One of my all-time favorites. Who doesn't love Viola Swamp? I mean her name alone inspires fear. A must for those first few days back to school.
Anna Barton
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great little book that any little kid who wants to be a teacher when she grows up would love.
Julia McKenney
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love. This book
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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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?

Autumn Miller
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classroom 207 is filled with rude, disruptive children. The teacher, Miss Nelson, decides something must be done in order to restore stability and good behavior. The next day, a mysterious substitute teacher by the name of Viola Swamp, takes over the classroom. The students all believe that Ms. Swamp is a witch. She wears an ugly black dress, assigns piles of homework, and never reads them any stories! After days of Miss Nelson's absence, the children begin to feel that they will never see her a ...more
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