Miss Nelson Is Missing!

Miss Nelson Is Missing!

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by Harry G. Allard Jr., James Marshall

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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


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

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble Staff
The children in Miss Nelson's class go beyond misbehaving; they are downright terrible! Near her wits' end, Miss Nelson thinks up a brilliant plan. The next day the kids have a substitute--the nasty Viola Swamp--who loads the boys and girls with homework and never gives them a story hour. By the time Miss Nelson finally returns, the children are so grateful they behave well. But now Viola Swamp is missing....
Children's Literature - Kristina Cassidy
There is a reason Miss Nelson is Missing is a classic. Harry Allard teaches readers a lesson about misbehavior in the classroom without lecturing them. Miss Nelson's class is terribly behaved, and she does not discipline them. (There is a lesson for teachers and parents here as well.) One day Miss Nelson disappears and Miss Viola Swamp, "a witch," begins teaching in her place. The class quickly discovers that they should have appreciated and respected Miss Nelson more. Teachers and parents may want to explain why the kids think Miss Swamp is a witch and that Detective McSmogg's pipe smoking is not healthy. Teachers may wish to share this first story of three Miss Nelson books with their classes early in the school year. Reader Lanie Zeta breathes life into each character by altering her voice, and music and sound effects further enliven the story. The CD includes two tracks, one with page-turn cues and one without. The page-turn cue is a ringing school bell, which students may find confusing given the sound effects also included. Each track runs about nine and a half minutes. Reviewer: Kristina Cassidy
From the Publisher
"Rarely has the golden rule been so effectively interpreted for children."—Booklist, ALA
"If all teachers looked as goofy as Mr. Marshall makes these two, the earth would never again have a truancy problem."—The New York Times

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Miss Nelson Series
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(w) x (h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Harry Allard is the author of several hilarious books for children, including three books about Miss Nelson and four books about the Stupid family, all illustrated by James Marshall. He currently lives in Oaxaca, Mexico.

James Marshall (1942–1992) created dozens of exuberant and captivating books for children, including The Stupids, Miss Nelson Is Missing!, and the ever-popular George and Martha books. Before creating his canon of classic, hilarious children’s books, James Marshall played the viola, studied French, and received a master’s degree from Trinity College. He also doodled. It was the doodles, and the unforgettable characters that emerged from them, that led him to his life’s work as one of the finest creators of children’s books of the twentieth century. In 2007, James Marshall was posthumously awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder medal for his lasting contribution to literature for children.

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Miss Nelson Is Missing 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Miss Nelson give too much homework, roo much of everything, expects too much, and the reader hears the grumblings that all children give about their teacher. So, Miss Nelson, who is ever-so-smart, does a disiappearing act, and in her place comes The Wicked Witch, a substiitute who is demanding and grumpy. Oh, how everyone wishes Miss Nelson would return, and therein lies the conflict resolution. A great book for first through third graders. I read to second graders once a week in a school reading program, and the students love this book. It's great for opening up discussions. I think it's a five star book!!
RMC10 More than 1 year ago
Just a funny, fun, silly read.
DominiqueVega More than 1 year ago
This is a classic story that I remember from my childhood. Today, twenty years later, my 2nd grade son also loved the story. A must read for the 1st/ 2nd grader!!!
AmandaMilitia More than 1 year ago
I remember reading this story as a child, and I'm going to buy it for my niece! Very enjoyable!
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Ann_W More than 1 year ago
Years ago, I bought this book for the child of a friend. Everyone in the family loved it and still remembers it, as I do. Now I bought it for another child. It's still a great, funny, enjoyable book.
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Sane03 More than 1 year ago
It is an amazing, funny, emotional etc. story.. My son who is 5 years old loved it. We read this story right before the schools open.. Great for kindergarten students. Thumbs up.. They will love it..
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emgrossi More than 1 year ago
I remember loving this book as a child, and my almost 3 year old son loves it now. It's such a clever delight and also suggests a good lesson about the consequences of misbehavior.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard is a great book. In room 29 kids were being bad and went listing to the teacher and went behaving then the next day Miss Nelson was gone. All of unsung an ugly woman came through the door and the kids were worried about Miss Nelson and the rest you have to read. My favorite part was the ending. But if you want to find out my favorite part of the storey you have to read the book to find my favorite part.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is exciting and keeps the reader thinking. It gives good clues both in the pictures and in the text. I would recommend reading this book to any class at the beginning of the year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book and you shuold concter reaading this great book!it's really great and i think everybody should read this book.I read this book every day at my when i'm mad or sad about somthing.You could read this in about 5-15min.You wuold want to read this great over and over agin!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Both my 7 year old and 9 year old have completed projects using this book. They really enjoy reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book and it holds my four-year-old's interest like no other. He is just learning to read and can recognize lots of words just from reading along in the book with me. He asks for this book for his bedtime book every night. He changes his voice for the different characters and laughs out loud each time. Keeps his attention throughout. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hi, I had, read and loved this book as a young person. I think that it is the best children's book ever because it is very good, short and understanding. However, I think it can be used from age 4 until 8 because it is something that is short to read if it is used for an older child and if it is used or a four year old who has a very short attention span. i think that every child and every home should have a copy of this exceptional book.