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Miss Nelson Is Missing! by Harry Allard

Miss Nelson Is Missing! (1977)

by Harry Allard

Other authors: James Marshall (Illustrator)

Series: Miss Nelson (1)

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I really like this book for many reasons. First, the writing is very engaging, organized, and flows. An example of the writing that flowed would be "But the class would not settle down. They whispered and giggled. They squirmed and made face. They were even rude during story hour. And they always refused to do their lessons." This shows how the students behavior was unacceptable. Second, the characters were believable and well-developed. Miss Nelson is the main character and her position as a teacher is very believable. The students also make the story believable because students are often rowdy and disruptive when their teachers do not have any control. Last, the plot is well organized and suspenseful. An example of this would be when Miss Nelson goes missing and the students are given Miss Viola Swamp. Miss Viola Swamp was mean and loaded the students with homework. The suspenseful comes in when the students are trying to find where Miss Nelson has gone. The main purpose of this book is never take anything for granted because once it's gone, there no guarantee that it will come back.
1 vote BrittanyNelson94 | Sep 29, 2015 |
This story takes place in a class of very badly behaved class. Their very sweet teacher disappears and is replaced with a very mean homework loving new teacher. The kids wonder where their nice teacher went and start to look for her. After days with the mean teacher, their nice teacher appears as quickly and mysteriously as she disappeared. The kids behave much better after the nice teacher returns. This is a fun book that can be read to younger kids or read by kids that are a little older but can be enjoyed by all, just for fun or even to hint at the kids needing to behave. ( )
  kcoleman14 | Sep 24, 2015 |
Miss Nelson Is Missing is a great book for teachers who sometimes just need to feel appreciated. It is all so a great book to teach children to appreciate their teachers. In this story a classes teacher does not show up one day and they get a very mean substitute. At the end of the story their teacher comes back to them and the class realizes how much they took their teacher for granted. This is a book for more experienced readers maybe around 3rd, or fourth grade. When we read this book during media time my media teacher had a write down a list of reasons that we appreciated our teacher, then she made all of our teachers a poster about how much they are appreciated. The illustrations in this book are very interesting because they are very simple, yet very 3D, and complex at the same time. The chalk like texture draws the eye on every page. This is a wonderful book, that I encourage every teacher to read if they are ever feeling down. ( )
  cross67 | Sep 23, 2015 |
Miss Nelson is Missing! is one of my favorite children's book series, and this book in particular, the original, "Miss Nelson is Missing!" is my favorite of the series. The reasons that I enjoy this book is because of it's illustrations, characters, and the plot. The illustrations throughout the book make it more interesting and humorous. For example, on pages four and five, there are images of Miss Nelson's students misbehaving and on page nine, it shows each child in the class with a different evil looking smirk on his/her face, showing that they are up to no good. This is when you could tell that these students were going to get what was coming to them. On page eight it says, "Now we can really act up!" when the students heard that Miss Nelson was not coming to school that day. That is when they found out that their substitute teacher was Miss Viola Swamp, a harsh and tough teacher who was very strict as a teacher. She did not deal with any funny business in her classroom. The illustration of Miss Swamp showed her wearing an all black dress with black hair, black makeup, and she had a nasty look on her face. This made Miss Swamp seem even more scary as a character/teacher in the book. The illustration of her is perfect to fit the story. Also, the plot of the story is well planned out when Miss Swamp assigns the children an enormous amount of homework and gets them right to work every day in school, so as to teach them a lesson about respecting the teacher. This all leads to the big idea/message of the story, which will be discussed in the next paragraph. The last thing I liked about this book was how the author created the characters. He made Miss Nelson a sweet lady who the students thought they could take advantage of and not listen to. Also, he made Miss Swamp the mean teacher who got straight to business and did not deal with misbehavior. He also made the students change drastically throughout the book which was the best part. The children all thought they could misbehave and take advantage of Miss Nelson, but once Miss Swamp came in as their teacher, they learned that they would rather have Miss Nelson back because she was nice to them and she would be a fun teacher. The way the students faces change throughout the story shows their growth as they gain respect for Miss Nelson. For example, on page nine the students are smirking and acting up, then on page 15, they seem very sad because of how strict and mean Miss Swamp was being, and last, on page 29, all of the students are smiling and happy because Miss Nelson returned. The author transitions the events of the book smoothly.

The overall big idea/message of the book is to respect your teacher. No matter how nice or mean a teacher may be, you should respect them no matter what. It is important to appreciate the opportunity of having a nice teacher because if you respect her, she will continue to be kind and respect you. If you have a mean teacher, you will wish you had a kind teacher. Regardless of a teacher being nice or mean, easy going or strict, if you respect the teacher, the teacher will respect you as well. ( )
  abecke14 | Sep 14, 2015 |
I loved this as a kid (and Viola Swamp stuck in my dad's memory, as well). The worst-behaved class with the nicest teacher gets a surprise when sweet Miss Nelson goes missing, and is replaced by Viola Swamp, who is strict and gives them lots of homework. When Miss Nelson returns, the kids are glad to have her back - and much reformed. Though the kids don't catch on, readers will notice some pretty clear indicators about Miss Nelson's alter ego. ( )
  JennyArch | Jun 7, 2015 |
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For My Sister Jacqueline - H. A.

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The kids in room 207 were misbehaving again.
The kids in room 207 were misbehaving again.
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This book is written by Harry Allard and illustrated by James Marshall.
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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 their good-natured teacher Miss Nelson, but when the witchy substitute Miss Viola Swamp appears on the scene, they start to regret their own wicked ways. James Marshall’s scritchy, cartoonish full-color ink and wash illustrations are hilarious. A back-to-school perennial!

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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 vile substitute.

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