Miss Nelson Is Missing

Book review by
Peter Lewis, Common Sense Media
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Top-notch tale of teacher from the dark side.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

Children are rowdy and rude, but are later transformed into disciplined, polite little people.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that kids will have fun reading this book while they learn the lesson of appreciating others and the value of discipline. Marshall's artwork provides lots of laughs.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3, 4, and 4-year-old Written byEzv2y8xX March 28, 2020
Teen, 14 years old Written bynerdgirl96 January 16, 2011

awesome!! I love this book!!

Man, this is nostalgia inducing. This used to be one of my favorites. I used to like that you could go back through once you knew what happened and see the clue... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 12, 2010

Awesome for everyone!

I love this book! My school is doing it as a play and it has an awesome message! The pictures are lol as well!

What's the story?

Miss Nelson, a sweet and shrewd teacher who has to deal with a wild class of schoolkids, makes her winning picture-book debut. Harry Allard's wit and James Marshall's illustrations make this top-notch tale of the substitute teacher from the dark side a hilarious hit.


Is it any good?

Allard delivers a crowd pleaser with his rowdy students and a substitute teacher that kids love to hate. His deadpan writing style underscores his comedy; school-age kids will be laughing out loud. Marshal's expressive and colorful pen, ink, and wash illustrations escalate silliness levels; he personifies mischievousness in the kids, kindness in Miss Nelson and vileness in Swamp.

The point that runs through the story -- that you ought to treat others with respect and consideration -- is clear yet tactfully unspoken. Along with the jokes, children seem to intuitively appreciate that the story could come true.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the characters in the story. Which are your favorite characters? How does the author make unlikable characters so funny?

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