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Miss Nelson Is Missing!

(Miss Nelson #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  104,013 ratings  ·  1,487 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 thei
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 28th 1985 by Sandpiper Books (first published September 9th 1977)
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Elyse  Walters
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, fiction
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
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
Jan 13, 2010 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
Samantha Hagler
Jan 31, 2013 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
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Great ending!
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Misbehaving Students & Their Much Put-Upon Teachers
Shelves: picture-books, texas
When the rambunctious students in Room 207 act up one time too many, putting their good-natured teacher Miss Nelson on the spot yet again, they find that the consequences - in the form of a nasty substitute teacher named Miss Viola Swamp - are not to their liking. Suddenly, after being snapped at countless times, and practically crushed under the weight of all their new assignments, they suddenly discover that they miss Miss Nelson, and long for her return. But where is she...?

Adult readers will
Jimmy Amaya
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Who is it that the students miss a lot ever since she disappeared? It’s Miss Nelson she left and returned in a costume to be strict and give the kids a lesson. The kids yet didn’t seem to notice that was her.
First in this book the book shows that evil reckless students can be put back on track if they get real strict with them. For example Miss Viola Swamp gave the kids a lot of homework and took some privileges away. The students where put back on track which helped Miss Nelson more when she’
L.E. 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  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
May 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: K-4 boys & girls
Recommended to Lisa (not getting friends updates) 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 kin ...more
*thank you to Erin for recommending this book to me*

4 stars

The ending of this made me laugh out loud! What a sneaky teacher she was. I really enjoyed this and while the illustrations are basic, they are really good too. This is a lovely light read that little Rachel would have very much enjoyed to have gotten her hands on as it would have made her smile, because it did to the adult version of me too. I am interested in seeing what else Miss Nelson and her kids get up
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the book. Miss Nelson Is Missing is the first book i've ever read. The book is about kids who don't behave and don't listen to the teacher. the teacher disguised her self as another teacher but she was mean. The kids wanted the nice teacher back so the kids started searching for miss nelson and the mean teacher said she was dead. after a couple of days of the teacher being mean she went back to school as the nice teacher and the kids started to behave. ...more
Faloni © arr
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“This book is about a class that always misbehaves. Miss Nelson the teacher of the misbehaved class decided to act like a really mean substitute teacher and teaches the class to listen to their teacher or there will be consequences.”

Young author
Nov 10, 2015 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 V ...more
Torrie Wilson
Jun 16, 2015 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. ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s
Not my favorite so far but still not a bad book. The end was a nice little chuckle, yes, the ending was good.
Alex Trix
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like Mysterious Stuff
This text teaches us to not misbehave with other people. The kids in room 207 were misbehaving again. Another reason why is because in the text it says ¨They were even rude during story hour¨. When Miss Nelson said ¨Now settle down¨ with a sweet voice they didn´t settle down.This showns me how room 207 is not misbehaving with Miss Nelson.
The characters learns to respect adults. When miss swamp treated the students bad they knew how miss nelson might of felt. And another reason why the students
Apr 26, 2019 rated it did not like it

Many people think that when you do bad things
that nothing really bad is going to happen to you.
But in this case really bad will happen to these
kids if you want to learn more than keep on
reading.These kids were behaving really bad
And they got a new teacher and she was not nice.
But she was really mean to them the kids did not
like her at all but they could not do anything
about it until Miss Nelson came back.It was weeks
until any seen Miss Nelson and the kids missed her
Until one day when she c
My seven year old grandson doesn't like reading very much, but he loved this book when I brought it home from the library and devoured the others in the series, too. He's not observant, so I had to point out the clothes in Miss Nelson's closet at the end of the book and ask him what he thought that picture meant. When he understood the joke he loved it. ...more
May 24, 2012 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
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
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
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
Apr 21, 2017 added it
Shelves: wow-books
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
Rachel Evans
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book has sentimental value for me. I began using this book in my classroom to teach the plot pyramid. I was in search of a better way to teach plot to my students after noticing that several students didn't fully grasp the concept of plot and why it was essential to a great story. I discovered that entertaining a children's book disarmed my high school students so much so that they did not feel intimidated by the material like they did the examples, and lessons that they found in the their ...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
Barbara N. Hernandez
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: week-2
Text-to-Self Connection:

I absolutely LOVE this story! As a Kindergarten Parapro, I see students described in the book ALL THE TIME. Most recently, I have a class that is incredibly difficult. Sometimes you want to show up one day and "scare" these kids into wishing they had their original teacher back. It's very difficult and frustrating when a class is so out of control that it makes it practically impossible to teach. As a para and a future educator, it can be very disheartening. You want what
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This is one of my favourite children's books from when I was in primary school, read many times. I love the story (its cleverness stills delights me ^.^), the central message (treat other people with respect), the characters (especially Miss Viola Swamp ^.~), and the silly illustrations. Such a classic.
Jill Williamson
Miss Nelson is missing is a fabulously fun book. It’s a great choice to read to students at the beginning of the school year, especially to use in setting classroom expectations. Do the students want kind Miss Nelson as their teacher or horrible, grouchy Miss Viola Swamp? It’s up to the students to decide. How they behave determines which teacher will show up in the classroom. This is a super fun books that kids love.
Kris - My Novelesque Life
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I have read this book so many times since I was kid. It is a fun book to read out loud! Miss Nelson does not show up to class and there is a new teacher, Viola Swamp! I would recommend this book to any child and parent. I need to get a copy of this book.
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