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  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Bravo! Definitely still enjoyable all these years later. I, personally, can't stand certain aspects of the illustrations, but that doesn't really detract from the worthiness or entertainment value of the book. Read full review

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User Review  - Kate_Schulte078 - LibraryThing

This book is good for reading with expression. Children enjoy looking at this class that gets turned upside down by the mean substitute. Many children can relate with the students in the class about school, to some extent. Read full review

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About the author (1977)

Harry Allard is the author of many hilarious books for children, including several Miss Nelson and Stupid Family titles, all illustrated by James Marshall.
James Marshall (1942a 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 thefinest 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.