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Miss Nelson Is Missing!

(Miss Nelson #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  85,868 Ratings  ·  1,203 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 HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1985)
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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
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
Rebecca McNutt
May 27, 2015 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.
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
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 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
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.
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.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 19, 2012 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 scar ...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
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
I love it {> (That's a heart). I would read this book everyday if I had the chance
Megan Camacho
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review is required for Dr. Sykes' READ3307 course at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
"Miss Nelson is Missing!" is a contemporary realistic fiction picture book, written by Harry Allard and illustrated by James Marshall. Miss Nelson is a very sweet teacher to some crazy students, they never listen. The children continue to disobey Miss Nelson, then one day Miss Nelson disappears. The new evil Viola Swamp takes over who makes them do all their homework. Facing the new strict teacher the
Kelsey Brice
Apr 22, 2018 added it
Shelves: wow-books
Miss Nelson is Missing is a comical mystery. We as readers are introduced to a classroom full of misbehaving students. To teach her students a lesson Miss Nelson the teacher decides to “go missing” and send in Miss Viola Swamp. Miss Swamp is a strict teacher who allows no type of misbehaving. The students quickly realize what they have done and go looking for Miss Nelson. I would use this book in a 3rd grade classroom. We would have a class discussion as we read the book about what they think ha ...more
Apr 21, 2017 added it
Shelves: elm-572
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
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 Life
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.


Child me:
R. G. Nairam
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it

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.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun book about a sweet teacher who plays a little trick on her class full of misbehaving students.
Niyah lynn
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
I love. This book
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