What parents need to know
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.
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.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the characters in the story. Which are your favorite characters? How does the author make unlikable characters so funny?