What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring James Marshall

h1 May 2nd, 2014 by jules

“‘My name is Viola Swamp,’ said the lady in a scratchy voice.
‘Yipes!’ cried the kids. ‘The Swamp!'”

— From Miss Nelson Is Missing!, originally published in 1977


Yesterday over at Kirkus, I wrote about Mark Pett’s newest picture book, The Girl and the Bicycle. That link is here, and next week here at 7-Imp I’ll have some more art from the book.

Today, I write about two very funny picture books, Katy Beebe’s Brother Hugo and the Bear, illustrated by S. D. Schindler, and Dominique Roques’ Sleep Tight, Anna Banana!, illustrated by Alexis Dormal. That link is here. And ditto. Next week at 7-Imp, I’ll have art from both books.

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Today here at 7-Imp, it’s the Swamp. See her up there in all her glory? Since I wrote last week (here) about James Marshall’s three stories of Miss Nelson and her evil twin, Viola Swamp (from 1977, 1982, and 1985), I’m following up with some art from The Miss Nelson Collection, coming from Houghton Mifflin next week.


“‘Miss Swamp is the meanest substitute in the whole world,’ said the big kid.
‘Nobody acts up when she’s around.’ ‘Oooh,’ said Miss Nelson’s kids.
‘She’s a real witch,’ said the big kid. ‘Oooh,’ said Miss Nelson’s kids.
‘I’ll just bet you get the Swamp!’ said the big kid.”

— From Miss Nelson Is Back, originally published in 1982

“Everyone was down in the dumps. Even the cafeteria ladies had lost their sparkle.”
— From Miss Nelson Has a Field Day, originally published in 1985

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All illustrations here come from THE MISS NELSON COLLECTION. Collection copyright © 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and used with their permission.

2 comments to “What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring James Marshall”

  1. Oh yeah! Loved her – although I only knew about the first one, so looking forward to reading the other two!

  2. One of the best duos ever: James Marshall & Harry Allard! A perennial.

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