Miss Nelson is Missing!

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Houghton Mifflin, 1977 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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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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User Review  - Gamino - LibraryThing

Grades K-2. In Miss Nelson is Missing, we see as a rowdy class gets a very interesting surprise. This book can be used during the beginning of the school year to introduce students to classroom rules. Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah.Lew - LibraryThing

I would use this book as an enjoyable read, but it can also be used at the beginning of a school year when rules are being introduced. This book is extremely funny, and I think all who do read this book will be pleasantly surprised. This book is suitable for kindergarten through third grade. Read full review

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About the author (1977)

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 hislife'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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