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Miss Nelson Is Missing! Paperback – October 28, 1985


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (October 28, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395401461
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395401460
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

About 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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Allard is the author of several hilarious books for children. He currently lives in Oaxaca, Mexio.

Customer Reviews

The illustrations are a great addition to the story as well.
Mark Baker
This book was one of my childhood favorites, so I bought it for my son to read.
Gosh Darn
When I was in second grade my teacher read this book to the class.
Ryan Costantino

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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Michael Crane on August 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
As I mentioned in my review of "Stinky Cheeseman and Other Fairly Stupid Tales," I am taking a Children's Lit class in college, which requires me to read a lot of children's books. So, this is a great excuse for me to write more reviews. If you want to make fun of me for liking these books, so be it. I could care less.
"Miss Nelson is Missing" was always a childhood favorite for me. One of my first picture books I ever read, I think. I even remember that my copy came with a record that you could listen along to as you read. Wow, does that bring back memories. I picked this up a few days ago, and found myself enjoying it as much as I did when I was little, if not more.
This is a book about a sweet and nice teacher who has one of the most terrible classes ever. Everyone is mean and nobody ever listens to her. Miss Nelson knows that something has to be done.
One day, when she doesn't arrive to class, the children are so happy. They think they have driven her away forever. They are all smiles and grins.....until....
They meet Miss. Viola Swamp, an ugly and mean teacher dressed in black and white makeup. She puts them to work, yells at them, and makes them do tons and TONS of homework. Desperate and worried, the children turn to a detective in order to solve the whereabouts of Miss Nelson.
This book is incredible. Fun for all ages, especially the young ones. It's fun and gives a good moral lesson at the same time. It has great writing and very cool pictures. The reading level is pretty easy. Nothing too mind-bending behind it.
I recommend "Miss Nelson is Missing!" to ANYONE! Yes, I don't care how old you are. You're never too old to enjoy a good children's book, and I'm starting to re-discover that. Check this one out whenever you can. And if you have kids, I can almost promise you that this will be a favorite.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
Like a lot of children, I came to discover Miss Nelson in a kind of roundabout way. A child of the 80s, I am a first-generation "Reading Rainbow" graduate. Which is to say, I watched it from the beginning. One of the earliest episodes of this remarkable PBS program was a reading of the story "Miss Nelson Is Back". For years I lay under the mistaken impression that this was the first, heck the ONLY Miss Nelson book put together by that crazy duo of Harry Allard and James Marshall. Imagine my surprise when I discovered (much to my delight) the delightful "Miss Nelson Is Missing". Here is where the Miss Nelson saga all started, and it is a joy to page through.

As the book points out immediately, the kids in Room 207 were the worst behaved class in the whole school. They were rude and nasty and they didn't pay any attention to their sweet-natured teacher Miss Nelson. One day, however, Miss Nelson does not come to school. In her place is the nasty, mean, foul-tempered witch Miss Viola Swamp. A true crone through and through, Miss Swamp immediately whips the children into shape. They are crushed by homework and forced to work that's long and hard. It's not too long after Miss Swamp's arrival that the children start yearning for the lovely Miss Nelson. Unfortunately, no one seems to be able to find her. Finally, one day Miss Nelson comes back and the class is as well behaved as it can be. Only the telltale black dress hanging in Miss Nelson's closet suggests that there may have been more to the class's transformation than initially met the eye.

The story is one that children instantly love. After all, they feel incredibly intelligent when they discover on their own that Miss Nelson and Miss Viola Swamp are one and the same.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 1998
Format: Paperback
The kids in sweet Miss Nelson's class are rude and obnoxious, until a mean substitute replaces her. By the time Miss Nelson returns, they have learned to show their appreciation by behaving well. A great moral, certainly, but hardly sugar-coated: the children's misbehavior and the substitute's grouchiness are outrageous and delightful. This book is one of the most engaging I've ever read to my kids(ages 4-7)and a great success with my ADD child who normally has a hard time sitting through a story. It provides a great platform for inferencing and theory of mind work.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shelley R. Hughes on May 30, 2006
Format: School & Library Binding
I used this book as a cautionary tale when I worked as a substitute teacher. I read it aloud to every class--including high school students. Sure enough, it helped them behave!

(Plus it's a really fun read, especially the silly ideas the kids come up with for finding Miss Nelson.)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amy Marks on July 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
Want to get the school year off on the right foot? Read this book to your class on day one. Stop to ask questions about how the children are acting and what is wrong with the classroom. At the end of the story ask what Miss Nelson could have done to prevent all of these problems? This will naturally lead into a discussion of the importance of having RULES. Then have the class brainstorm a list of rules that every classroom should have. Post these rules in your room. Studies have shown that children are more likely to respect rules that they help make. They also will have a better understanding as to why teachers need rules. Don't let what happened to Miss Nelson happen to you!
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