Fancy Nancy

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"Meet Nancy, who believes that more is ALWAYS better when it comes to being fancy and she is determined to teach her family a thing or two about being fancy. ¿Fancy Nancy¿ by Jane O¿Connor will delight your little one for years to come. For Ages: 3 yrs+."
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Overview

"Meet Nancy, who believes that more is ALWAYS better when it comes to being fancy and she is determined to teach her family a thing or two about being fancy. ¿Fancy Nancy¿ by Jane O¿Connor will delight your little one for years to come. For Ages: 3 yrs+."
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With exuberance, elan and lots of heart, O'Connor (the Nina, Nina Ballerina books) and Glasser (A Is for Abigail) prove that the bosom of the family has ample room for even the most outr individualist. Channeling the spirits of Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn-whose pictures adorn her extravagantly decorated room-Nancy tries to make the world a more flamboyant place, starting with her decidedly down-to-earth family ("They never even ask for sprinkles," she notes as they exit an ice cream parlor). She offers her parents and little sister a free tutorial in all things fancy (yellow is plain, gold is fancy), which they gamely attend, and they even agree to go to a restaurant wearing Nancy-orchestrated frou-frou (Mom's ensemble includes Christmas ornament earrings and a feather boa). But when Nancy commits a faux pas of major proportions (she trips with a tray full of ice cream) she comes to realize that her family's love for her is as bottomless as her collection of hair accessories. O'Connor captures Nancy's dramatic precociousness without making her sound like a snoot ("My favorite color is fuchsia. That's a fancy way of saying purple"); she comes across as a genuinely creative spirit rather than an imperious fashionista. Glasser's pictures brim with comic detail and sparkle like a bauble from Tiffany. Like O'Connor, she empathizes with Nancy's over-the-top sensibility, yet gently grounds the heroine in the steady (if bemused) embrace of her family. Ages 4-7. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
When my little girl was five, she told me I did not dress her pretty enough. She was a "fancy Nancy." Fancy Nancy is the heart and soul of all the little girls out there who love frills, plumes, color, and loads of style. Everyday things must be fancy. Nancy explains it this way, "I like to write my name with a pen that has a plume. That is a fancy way of saying feather. And I can't wait to learn French because everything in French sounds fancy." This fascination leaves Nancy a little frustrated because her family just does not understand. Lace-trimmed socks really do help her play better. And sandwiches really do taste better with frilly toothpicks. Then she decides it is time to teach her family how to be fancy. The story is delightful and sure to tickle the fancy bone of all girls, young and old. The artwork is eye candy for the heart. Nancy is an adorable young lady with curly hair, frilly adornments, and a melting smile. She is someone you will fall in love with. Each page contains a simple sentence illustrated by a whimsical scene. 2006, HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 4 to 8.
—Robyn Gioia
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Young Nancy, like her literary predecessors Eloise and Olivia, is a glamour queen dropped into a boring world-"Nobody in my family is fancy at all. They never even ask for sprinkles." She determines to rescue her relatives from their humdrum existence by giving them lessons and accessorizing their mundane wardrobes. A situation that is charming when observed by adults in real life doesn't translate into a successful picture book. Children pretending to be fabulous creatures is appealing when it is innocent and unforced. This book, despite Glasser's wonderfully energetic artwork, is ultimately a story told by adults for adults.-Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A tot with a penchant for panache is at the center of this playful tale that celebrates marching to the beat of your own drummer. Nancy, a little girl enraptured by all things ornate, is dismayed by her family's distinctly conventional tendencies. In her quest to convince her loved ones that the sundry trappings of the fabulous life are actually sheer necessities, Nancy embarks upon a campaign of family beautification by offering fancy living instructions. O'Connor deftly conveys Nancy's precocious yet disarming delivery: Nancy is a hoot and her fashion-first message will resonate with many budding divas among the preschool set. Glasser's vivacious, vividly colored illustrations capture the exuberance with which tiny fashonistas embrace the life of the glitterati. Aspiring converts to Nancy's tony lifestyle will find Glasser's humorous depictions of Nancy in all her glory inspirational, whether she's dressed for the evening or making over her family. The poignant message about love needing no embellishment adds a heartwarming touch to this fun-filled tale. (Picture book. 4-6)
Booklist
“A delightful story of dress-up and cozy family love.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060542092
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/13/2005
  • Series: Fancy Nancy Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 33,061
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 420L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.16 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane O'Connor

Jane O'Connor is the author of more than thirty books for children, including Nina, Nina Ballerina, illustrated by DyAnne DiSalvo, and the Fancy Nancy picture book series. Ms. O'Connor lives with her family in ever-posh New York City.

Desde la publicacion de Nancy la Elegante, el closet de Jane O’Connor cuenta con tantas boas, coronas y atuendos brillantes que a veces sus amigas no la reconocen por la calle. Aun reside (esa es una palabra elegante para decir que vive) en la ciudad de Nueva York con su familia y su companero canino, Arrow.

Robin Preiss Glasser has illustrated such bestsellers as Super-Completely and Totally the Messiest! by Judith Viorst, Daddy's Girl by Garrison Keillor, and the Fancy Nancy picture books. She lives in Southern California with her family, puppy, and tiara collection.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2006

    There's a Fancy Nancy in all of us...

    My daughter received this book for her 4th birthday... it is now a nightly ritual. She is a fancy girl and can identify with this beautiful, strong and unique character. The illustrations are lovey. Finally... a book that can be enjoyed by both parents and your 'girly girl' that isn't based on a 'Disney' princess!

    50 out of 64 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Wonderful Series

    My 5 year old granddaughter LOVES the Fancy Nancy books. I love them too. They are educational (stress new words, vocabulary and even though they appear to be girly, girly, Nancy is very independent and into such things as exploring, i.e., nature study, as well as cooking, i.e., tea parties). They have a contemporary flair, i.e., working mothers; a realistic side, i.e., getting carsick and vomiting, and yet are fun and cheerful. I highly recommend them. Caveat: my granddaughter is big into the "princess" stuff, but also has a very independent, tomboy side. This series fits well.

    40 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2011

    Let Nancy be fancy!!

    Anyone that thinks these books teach bad values are ridiculous! Kids will love this book. Nancy is silly and fun, and very fancy! She has a large vocabulary, but it's introduced in a way that young children will want to start using the words themselves. Nancy also uses French terms regularly - so fancy! - which is a plus for parents that want their children familiar with different languages. Any fancy child will adore these books.

    30 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2009

    Fancy Nancy

    It is a wonderful book! My two year old loves it and now dresses up in all things "fancy Nancy". What I like about it is that it has introduced a few words of French to her, so much so that she pulls them out every so often. Anything that introduces a new language or custom in a fun way is a winner in my book!

    28 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    Ok

    Great reader! Cute book, but I was disappointed the story wasn't more interactive.

    22 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011

    Cute!

    Love the narraration and cute animation on the pages! Just wish there were more interactive pages. The last page is just a coloring page with four colors to choose from.

    21 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

    If you have a little princess, she'll love this book...

    Great illustrations! Fun to read too. Encourages a little girl to stretch her imagination.

    21 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Be prepared to be delighted!

    I purchased this book for my 3-year-old granddaughter. Neither of us knew anything about Nancy. The story is so magical and age appropriate. Then you add the magic of NOOK Kids Read and Play and it is fascinating for all ages. We definitely will be buying more Fancy Nancy adventures.

    20 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2011

    It's Alive!

    I love these books, If I touch the drawings they come to life and I can hear the narration, stop it, and play it again. It's kind of amazing...

    18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Get it and make your girl girl happy!

    TO those who think it's not right for today's children, your crazy. Half of the things she does are homemade fun not a want, want, want kind of thing. In today's world we need more fancy and silly fun maybe then we wouldn't have so much violence if they were busy dressing up and being frilly instead. I would rather my children read books like these instead of ones that don't captivate their imagination or play. I am sorry but some of the more so called "educational" books don't keep them reading and in the end they may just give it up for a t.v. So keep the whimsy and let your girls keep it too. What is wrong with a little fancy and sophistication?

    16 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

    Great read to me Nookbook!!!

    Great read for the little ones, the read to me option is absolutely wonderful. Keeps the kids attention with great voice animation. 4 stars for the price, but otherwise a great book that will get continued use at our house!

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2006

    I Love Being Fancy

    This is the cutest book I have seen in a while. My daughter, she's 3, absolutely loves this book (and I do too!). It shows that anyone can be fancy and that it's important to have fun with your family. I reccommend it to anyone with a little girl.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    Love

    Love this book so glad it is a ebook

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

    I loved this book as a child

    This was one of my favorite books to read on my own as a child. It was extremly funny and can still make me giggle today. :)

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2009

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    Good for new readers

    Purchased this for my niece and she loved it. She is 3 1/2 and just begining to read and comprehending what she is reading. Nice illustrations as well.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Graet book

    This book is sure fancy

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    W ow

    Im gabe im 4 and i jusd reedd it with my mommy and i luvd id.l

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2012

    Great book for young girls & Nana's

    All of my granddaughter's love Fancy Nancy books. They are easy to read together with Nana. We can not put them down.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Loved it

    Fancy nancy is amazing!!!!! she is really funny :)

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Wow!

    I love fancy nancy butt for almost 13.00 thats just ubsurd

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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