Miss Nelson is Missing!

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1977 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
520 Reviews

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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I love the plot and illustrations. - Goodreads
The pictures are nothing extraordinary, but neither - Goodreads
I loved the premise of this when I read it. - Goodreads
Great story with an open ending. - Goodreads
Good intro to the mystery genre. - Goodreads
Funny, great illustrations, and always a favorite. - Goodreads

Review: Miss Nelson Is Missing! (Miss Nelson #1)

User Review  - Rebecca McNutt - Goodreads

I still have my copy of this book from kindergarten, and its story is timeless. These days it seems like kids never respect anyone; they're rude, nasty and cruel a lot of the time to their parents and ... Read full review

Review: Miss Nelson Is Missing! (Miss Nelson #1)

User Review  - Michelle - Goodreads

One of my favorite books from childhood! Miss Nelson is a sweet teacher with a horrible class. They are rude and won't listen, not even during story time. One day, Miss Nelson disappears, only to be ... Read full review

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About the author (1977)

James Marshall (1942-1992) is one of the most popular and celebrated artists in the field of children"s literature. Three of his books were selected as New York Times Best Illustrated Books, and he received a Caldecott Honor Award in 1989 for Goldilocks and the Three Bears. With more than seventy-five books to his credit, including the popular George and Martha series, Marshall has earned the admiration and love of countless readers.

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