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Miss Nelson is Missing

Do you know the book Miss Nelson is Missing? It’s one of my favorites.

It’s about an elementary school teacher who finds that her class has
gotten a little out of control, and she can’t seem to pull it together.
The next day, Miss Nelson is mysteriously absent, replaced by a really
terrifying substitute, Viola Swamp, who quickly whips the class into shape and makes them long for the return of their sweet teacher (spoiler: Miss Nelson and Viola Swamp are the same person).

I worked as a librarian, I covered two schools. I’d do one week at one
school and then one week at the other school. The computer technology
teacher, Elaine (who I still keep in touch with), had the opposite
schedule as I did, so while I was at one school teaching library
lessons, she’d be at the other school teaching.

One of the principals joked that we were like Miss Nelson and Viola Swamp – never in the same place at the same time.

When Kayla told me she was doing a post at Babble where people dressed as their favorite book character
for National Book Lover’s Day (it’s today!), I knew immediately that I
didn’t want to dress as just ONE book character, but two.

And so I did.

Miss Nelson:

and. . . . .

Viola Swamp:

When I came out of my bathroom wearing the Viola Swamp costume, Ella said, “You don’t look like my mommy.”

Happy Book Lover’s Day!

(P.S. If you want to see the other book costumes, you can check out Kayla’s post on Babble here). 

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  • Reply Lins - Domesticated Working Woman August 9, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I love that book! I teach middle school, but I still incorporate a lot of children's literature into my lessons. You can do so much with it and no matter how old kids are, they love to be read to.

  • Reply Cassandra May @ Little Red Window August 9, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I had forgotten about that book, it was one of my favorites when I was little. I especially always really liked the art. What a cute idea!

  • Reply missris August 9, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Your Viola Swamp costume is so awesome! I remember loving this book as a child.

  • Reply Katie August 9, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    So fun! I love that book.

  • Reply Morris August 9, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I love the blush. Also, I love that book. I just read it to my daughter the other day. My first grade teachers name was Miss Nelson and she used to read this book to us. It holds a very special place in my heart.

  • Reply Jessica August 9, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I love this!

  • Reply Elaine August 9, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Hmm, I wonder which one I was… Actually, in one of my previous schools, the librarian used vswamp as her computer password!

  • Reply Laura August 9, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I had the best kindergarten teacher EVER and she read us Miss Nelson one day and the next day, Viola Swamp was our substitute. She did this once in the fall and once in the spring. I remember distinctly wondering how she came to life!

  • Reply Deanna August 9, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Perfect!! I introduced this book to my four-year-olds a few months ago, and they loved it. : )

  • Reply Stephanie Fosmo August 9, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    HAHA I love this post! What a cute thing to do!

  • Reply Nicole Murray August 9, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness. You are the most fantastic. I adore your Viola Swamp costume.

  • Reply The Self's August 9, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this! I had a baby not too long ago and I've been trying to think of my favorite books as a kid and this was totally one of them but I couldn't remember what it was called! Thank you!

  • Reply Brynn August 9, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    You look simply adorable…even as Viola Swamp!!!

  • Reply heidikins August 9, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I don't know how I missed everything about this, but I *love it so much!!**


  • Reply Tamsen August 9, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Too cute!

  • Reply Meg August 9, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I love this post so much!! I love that book and I'm starring at it on my bookshelf as we speak 😉 cute blog! Xo

  • Reply Jen B. August 9, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I love it!! That was one of my favorites 🙂

  • Reply Ralphie August 9, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    You are so cute.

  • Reply JoLee August 9, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Fun. I loved the book-inspired outfits. Happy National Book Lover's Day from a fellow book lover.

  • Reply Lisa August 9, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    You look adorable as both!

  • Reply Laura H August 10, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    My dad was a librarian too. He would this book to my class as a kid.

  • Reply Lindsay August 11, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Cute! This book seems familiar to me, but it's been a long time. I'll have to check it out. 🙂

  • Reply Nicky August 16, 2013 at 4:03 am

    I loved Miss Nelson is Missing as a child and still love it when I rediscovered it as an adult. Wonderful and fun post! Thanks

  • Reply Meghan August 26, 2013 at 4:56 am

    You're a fun and cute mom! Great idea to dress up like the characters in the book.

  • Reply danielle September 10, 2013 at 1:39 am

    How did I miss this day?
    So good!!!

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