A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The football team goofs around and makes fun of Principal Blandsworth, but becomes serious and disciplined under Miss Swamp's direction.
Violence & Scariness
Coach Armstrong "cracks up," but recovers after a needed rest.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Miss Nelson and Viola Swamp make an amusing and endearing pair.
Is It Any Good?
How smart of Harry Allard to throw a wrench into readers' expectations. Just when they think they have the Nelson-Swamp routine down, the two are on the same page. James Marshall gives clues throughout, with sets of twin students, in his expressive, cartoon-style illustrations. He draws a marvelously befuddled Mr. Blandsworth and a frazzled Coach; Viola Swamp is rendered in all her potato-nose, aggressive-chin glory and Miss Nelson looks like the likeable teacher every child wants.
The direct writing serves to underline both the comedy and the points taken on personal responsibility and will power.
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