Miss Nelson Is Back

Book review by
Peter Lewis, Common Sense Media
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Humorous tale of mistaken identity.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

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Positive Messages

The kids deceive their principal and misbehave, but by the end of the story it's unlikely they will do so again.

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Parents need to know that the situation is very appealing to kids.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byLil. Jonquetta June 3, 2010

The Perfect Book

I love it...My child will always enjoy it... My child said for now on she will read everyday even on the weekends plus school days... She said she will read 1 h... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old November 2, 2009

What's the story?

When Miss Nelson has to have her tonsils removed, her mischievous class takes advantage of their substitute teacher, Mr. Blandsworth. It takes Miss Nelson's ultra-ego Viola Swamp to get those bratty kids back in line in this humorous tale of mistaken identity. James Marshall's witty illustrations add to the fun.


Is it any good?

One piece of ridiculousness is piled upon another, like kindling, until readers spontaneously burst into laughter. The scene where Viola Swamp, sporting a Miss Nelson mask, confounds the dimwitted Mr. Blandsworth is priceless. James Marshall gets it oh-so right with his joyously silly, expressive pen-and-wash artwork. Readers can feel the glee coming off the page when the kids realize they have pulled a fast one on Mr. Blandsworth, and the marvelous Miss Nelson is like a Buddha in her serenity and wisdom.

This story cracked up a group of 5-year-olds -- who have not yet spent a day in kindergarten -- though there was a pause in their laughter every time a new shadow appeared behind the pane of frosted glass in the classroom door. Who's coming to substitute for Miss Nelson? Yikes!

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  • Families can talk about the lesson taught to the class. What did they ultimately learn from Miss Swamp?

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