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Miss Nelson Is Back

(Miss Nelson #2)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  28,419 ratings  ·  229 reviews
When their teacher has to go away for a week, the kids in Room 207 plan to "really act up."
Paperback, 32 pages
Published 1982 by Houghton Mifflin Company
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Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just when the kids think they've finally gotten a day to themselves, The Swamp makes an appearance. Lessons learned: Miss Nelson is a pretty great teacher and The Swamp is always watching!
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Misbehaving Students / Fans of Miss Nelson
Shelves: texas, picture-books
Sweet Miss Nelson has a new class of students in Room 207, but like their predecessors in Miss Nelson Is Missing! , they have a talent for trouble, and like to test the boundaries a bit! When Miss Nelson must miss a week of school, after having her tonsils out, the children at first imagine that this will give them the perfect opportunity to act up. Then they hear the stories of scary substitute teacher Miss Viola Swamp, who appeared the last time Miss Nelson was missing. But will even that thr ...more
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True Rating: 3.5 Stars

After reading Miss Nelson is Missing! I was extremely excited to get back into this classic children's story and I found it rather disappointing! I didn't hate the story but I felt meh during the entire time and the story was extremely short without much action compare to the original. Whenever books are meh to me it is very hard to rate it because it is definitely not 5 stars material and yet 3 stars to me me
Sultan * Baby Mama Smut-a-teer*
LOVED these books growing up.
ℛ a ℂ ℎ ℯ ℓ ♥️
Miss Nelson is Back is a great sequel story to Mss Nelson is Missing. I remember reading these books as a kid and loving them. They still have the same charm they did when I was a child. This story takes place very much the same way as the first book. Miss Nelson is away because she getting her tonsils removed, and of course her class is not happy she is gone. The principle ends up taking over the class for the week, and he makes their lives seemingly, very boring. So they make a plan to trick t ...more
Cassidy Brooks
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love the Miss Nelson books...but this one just fell short for me. There was no amazing ending in this like there was in Miss Nelson is Missing when she reveals in her room that she was Viola Swamp. It just lost the "zing" for me. However, I do still love the stories that Harry Allard has come up with for Miss Nelson.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved these books when I was little. I think they are still relevant and funny.
May 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Miss Nelson Is Back by Harry G. Allard, illustrated by James Marshall is the sequel to the wildly popular Miss Nelson Is Missing. When Miss Nelson is sick, the kids in Room 207 at first fear who their substitute will be, then become bored and once again "act up." The kids finally meet their match.

The text by Allard is witty, funny and imaginative. It continues the humor of the first book. Another chapter is added to the legend of Viola Swamp.

The illustrations by Harry Allard are hilarious. Allar
Hope Mullinax
Miss Nelson has a new class this year, but just as before, they have a knack for getting in trouble. After they are informed Viola Swamp was the substitute teacher last time, and she was mean, they are still not derailed from their plan of misbehavior during the time Miss Nelson is going to be out. To their suprise, the principal is their subsitiute, and he is awful boring! This time, the children are the ones to play dress up, not like Viola Swamp, but Miss Nelson so they can convince the princ ...more
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Modboy by: Park Slope Library
While not as good as the other books in the series this still has some good laughs. Not only is Miss Nelson back but The Swamp is too. If you haven't read these just know that James Marshall is one of the finest illustrators and Allard has a groovy writing style that keeps his ridiculous plots down-to-Earth and entertaining adults and children alike.
This is the sequel to the book Miss Nelson is Missing! It's a new year and the kids in Miss Nelson's class don't know about Miss Viola Swamp. Miss Nelson has to take time off to have her tonsils out. The kids are bored with Mr. Blandsworth, the principal who is substituting for her. They trick him into thinking Miss Nelson has returned and he leaves the kids to their own devices. When Miss Nelson realizes what's happening, Miss Viola Swamp pays the naughty kids a visit! It's a silly book, but yo ...more
Feb 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This story tells of when Miss Nelson has to have her tonsils removed. Her mischievous class takes advantage of their substitute teacher, Mr. Blandsworth. It takes Miss Nelson's ultra-ego Viola Swamp to get those bratty kids back in line in this humorous tale of mistaken identity. James Marshall's illustrations add to the fun with the images of the students reaction to Viola's demands. Grade 3-5 would enjoy this story and teachers would love the point of view, comprehension, and writing opportuni ...more
Laura Mincey
Mar 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humorous
Wow... a great sequel to Miss Nelson in Missing! In this book, Miss Nelson tells her class that she has to be out of school for a week for a tonsil operation. The students fear they will get mean, old Viola Swamp as a teacher, but to their surprise they get the nicer Mr. Wardsworth and take advantage of them. When Miss Nelson hears about their behavior, she has no other choice but as to dress up as Viola Swamp to be the "mean" teacher to the class. This book will make students laugh, as well as ...more
Aug 19, 2014 rated it liked it
The kids in Miss Nelson's class are thrilled when she says she'll be away for a few days after getting her tonsils out. They think that the sub will be a push over, unfortunately for them, the sub isn't exactly who they were expecting!

Another fun story of Ms. Nelson, Viola Swamp and the class, with some crazy plots that classes wish they could get away with and teachers wish they could pull!

No content issues.

All of the Miss Nelson books are so funny, because they are exactly what kids would do in the situations James Marshall describes! I could just see my first graders sneaking off to the movies after impersonating their teacher! The wonder and fear around Viola Swamp is hilarious and it always reminds me of that one teacher that scared me enough to make me sit totally still and straight in my seat. Definitely a cute story for this series.
Mar 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
3.5 stars. Good story but when reading at the library, the kids wondered where the kids had the movie for the movies, ice cream, etc. Also, many of them did not like the artwork. But they all enjoyed the story!
Jan 06, 2015 rated it liked it
A cute book, fairly similar to the first in the series, Miss Nelson Is Missing!.
Mattison Bingham
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Miss Nelson has to be out because she is getting her tonsils removed. She explains how she expects them to behave, will they? No, they didn't until Miss Swamp showed up. Before then, they had Mr. Blandsworth, the boring principal, as a substitute. The kids weren't impressed with him so they decided to impersonate Miss Nelson to get him to leave. It worked! The kids had the day of their life until they walked by Miss Nelson's house on their way back to school. She decided to call and let the prin ...more
Kaylie Zander
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Miss Nelson is Back written by Harry Allard and illustrated by James Marshall is a humerous story about a group of students that don't want to have a substitute. When they find out their beloved teacher Miss Nelson has to have her tonsils removed, they are informed by the big kids that they will surely be stuck with Viola Swamp, the WORST and MEANEST substitute to exist. However, instead they have their boring principal as a substitute for the week. Miss Nelson is Back is a sequel to the origina ...more
Elizabeth Lancaster
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reading-350
Miss Nelson, the teacher of class 207, has to leave her class in the hands of the principal for a week. The students devise a plan and trick the principal into thinking Miss Nelson has come back early. When their plan is discovered, Viola Swamp, the worst substitute, shows up and whips the students back into shape. By the time, Miss Nelson gets back the students are so thankful to have a nice teacher.

This book was really cute. I enjoyed the story a lot and loved the ending.

If I know ahead of t
Libbie Huhn
I really enjoyed reading this book, and I found myself wondering what was going to happen next. When the children realize their teacher is going to be out, they get a substitute. The sub bores them, so they impersonate their teacher to make him leave. When their teacher finds out about the impersonation, she gets the students back by pretending to be a scary substitute. This is a book for children's entertainment, but I think it could be used to model foreshadowing or inferences. The storyline i ...more
Child me: 5 stars
Adult me: 5 stars

*For the first book in a "child/teen/middlegrade/nostalgic" book, I am going with the rating younger me would have gone with, then if I read on in the series, I will rate the books what adult me believes it should be rated. If the book is a stand alone, I will go with whatever rating I feel most comfortable giving the book. Please note, I do not really think books should have an age limit. People should read what they want to regardless of the intended age group
Miss Nelson will be away from school for a few weeks due to an operation, and the kids in 207 have big plans, until a big kid warns them about Ms Swamp the meanest substitute in the world. Will Ms Swamp show up, or will the children be able to pull off their high jinks? It's disguise, and surprise for all involved.
Maria Hatzialexiou
I enjoyed this book a lot because it was silly. I love books that students can connect to. This was a great book because just when the kids thought they had it great The Swamp paid them a visit and all they wanted was amiss Nelson to come back. Teachers really do have an impact on their students and I think this book shows that.
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like the silliness of these books, but I don't like the implication. You have to be mean, nasty, and horrible (and ugly?) to get students to do what they need to. They'll only appreciate your niceness when they've seen how bad it can be. And they'll need constant reminders that it could be worse for them to appreciate you (if you're the nice teacher.) Also-- oh my heavens that principal!
Kathryn Bergeron
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Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
Miriam Glover- Leffler
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love Miss Nelson books.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
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