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Fancy Nancy: Poet Extraordinaire!

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by Jane O'Connor

Calling all poets!

Fancy Nancy Clancy is so poetic, even her name rhymes. And with limericks, couplets, free verse, and more, poetry is plenty fancy! So when her teacher Ms. Glass gives Nancy and her classmates an assignment to come up with their very own poems, Nancy is determined to write one that is superb. But what happens when she can't think of a good idea?


Calling all poets!

Fancy Nancy Clancy is so poetic, even her name rhymes. And with limericks, couplets, free verse, and more, poetry is plenty fancy! So when her teacher Ms. Glass gives Nancy and her classmates an assignment to come up with their very own poems, Nancy is determined to write one that is superb. But what happens when she can't think of a good idea?

Complete with Nancy's very own poetry anthology, Fancy Nancy: Poet Extraordinaire! shows how a true love of words can be très fancy. Ooh la la! And with a little inspiration, which is fancy for something that helps you get good ideas, Fancy Nancy just might be a Poet Extraordinaire after all.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Norah Piehl
Fancy Nancy's name rhymes, so she is "naturally poetic," and in this introduction to poetry, she shows her fans how they can write and appreciate poetry as well. Nancy shows off her family and friend's favorite poems and offers examples from a class "poet-tree" project in which each student writes a short poem on a construction paper leaf. She even creates an anthology of her own favorite poems. Writing poetry is easy for Nancy's best friend Bree, but despite having all the necessary tools (like "a pen with a plume" and a notebook with a "glittery cover"), Nancy just cannot find her muse until her teacher urges her just to write without worrying about the rules. During Nancy's exploration of poetry, she defines some important terms such as "couplet" and "ode" and offers examples of highly structured poems such as limericks as well as non-rhyming poems. Robin Preiss Glasser's characteristically cheerful, pink-hued illustrations contribute plenty of humor. Fancy Nancy's many young fans are sure to try their own hand at poetry—or at least seek out other examples of poetry to read—after reading Nancy's inspiring tale. Reviewer: Norah Piehl

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Fancy Nancy Series
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Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years


Meet the Author

Jane O’Connor is an editor at a major publishing house who has written more than seventy books for children, including the New York Times bestselling Fancy Nancy series. She resides (that’s fancy for lives) with her family in 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 actually wore tiaras and tutus when she danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet. Now she happily spends her days in jeans, drawing. She has illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including the bestselling Fancy Nancy series. She won the Children’s Choice Award for Best Illustrator of the Year for Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet. Robin and her family live in Southern California.

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Fancy Nancy Poet Extraordinaire! 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
GrandmaJane More than 1 year ago
Grandma Jane gave Sarah "Fancy Nancy Poet Extrodianaire" as a gift. Both felt the best way to review the book was to interview the reader. Here is their conversation. Grandma Jane: How old are you, Sarah? Sarah: I am 7 and in the 1st Grade. I can read a lot of books by myself. Grandma Jane: Which books do you read most often? Sarah: Books from the school library, school books--My favorite books are about Clifford, The Big Red Dog. I believe I have read 30 of those stories. People started to read them to me when I was little. Grandma Jane: Have you read any other Fancy Nancy books and what do you think about Poet Extrodinaire? Sarah: Yes, I started to read them this year and I really like this one. She always says, "That's a French word that stands for..." I would like to learn to speak French and also Chinese. Poems are interesting; we are learning about them at school. They sound different from other books and are fun to read out loud. "5 Little Pumpkins" is my favorite (Dibble Dibble Dumpling) but my brother who is 10 and in the 4th grade likes "Johnny's Underwear" the best. Grandma Jane: Would you tell your friends and other 1st graders to read this book? Sarah: Yes. 1st grade up to 4th grade would like it; they can read it by themselves. Little kid would like to hear the sounds if a grownup could read it to them. Grandma Jane: How many stars would you five "Fancy Nancy Poet Extrodinare" if 1 is OK and 5 are the best? Sarah: 5 stars! Dah.
katrinkaKD More than 1 year ago
Purchased this book online to go to my Great Granddaughter, she is six years old. She loved it and took it to her class in School and the teacher shared it with the whole class. Thanks to Barnes and Noble for helping me in the decision to buy this book. Will continue to order in the future. Grandma K.T.
Brigit More than 1 year ago
My 4 year-old and I love the Fancy Nancy books, and this is no exception. Having a fancy girl, like Nancy Clancy, learning to write poetry is a great idea. I love that Nancy isn't an instant perfect poetry writer, but that she has to struggle to find an idea to spark her imagination. She sees friends and classmates having fun making silly poems, but Nancy wants hers to be extra special. The book explains about different types of poems in a way that young children can understand and have fun with. I like some of the fun ways the teacher gets her class interested in writing poems. I think it is a great book to help spark a child's imagination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased Fancy Nancy: Poet Extraordinaire as a birthday gift for my twin granddaughters who are now seven years old and they loved it! They enjoy all of the Fancy Nancy books. The illustrations are colorful and hilarious. The characters are funny and the story line is both easy to read and amusing. When I read these books with my granddaughters, we laugh and laugh. In addition, the books expand their vocabulary. This series of books is both fun and educational. It is a gift that any parent would welcome. I recommend this book and the Fancy Nancy series of books to discriminating parents and grandparents.
Nightnan More than 1 year ago
I love all the Fancy Nancy books and send all the hardcovers to my little niece. Her mom reads them over and over again and my niece uses the vocabulary words and reads them to her younger brother. This time my niece's teacher asked her to bring the book into class since the library didn't have the book yet! My niece lives in a very rural, almost wilderness, little town and they don't have access to a book store. She calls me her "Auntie Fancy Nancy" since my name is Nancy. A wonderful connection for me to have with my niece who lives far, far, away!! Thanks Fancy Nancy!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like Fancy Nancy Poet Extraordinaire because of all the poems and fancy words. Gracie - age 7
happipammi More than 1 year ago
Yet another wonderful book featuring Fancy Nancy. My daughters love her other books but this one...has become the favored! The poems are great and my oldest even took a copy to a poetry slam and read outloud! What a great confidence builder! I would highly recommend this book!
MommaD More than 1 year ago
I love this book as my opener to our Poetry Writing Unit. It has a wonderful way to help my hesitate writers (poets) find their rhythm. I am even using the "Poetree" as a bulletin board idea! I would definitely call this a teacher "must-have"!
Saul-David More than 1 year ago
I am a fifth grade teacher and our language arts concentration this marking period is poetry. Always on the lookout for a good book that will interest the children, this book seemed like a natural draw. The book is about a student who shies away from poetry and fears having to write her own poem. I could not think of a better introduction to the genre. It was an instant hit! The students loved it and could not wait until the next read aloud. In truth, I shared their enthusiasm and totally enjoyed reading it to them. Once we had completed the book, half the class wanted to borrow it and read it all over again. This is a delightful book that is well written and provides a wonderful insight into the fascinating world of poetry. A must have for any elementary classroom or as part of a diverse collection for the home.
DeNeedle More than 1 year ago
Fancy Nancy is an interesting character that little girls enjoy. She has a great style, sense of self to help girls realize they can be anything! It's poetry that they can relate to.
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In true Fancy Nancy fashion... stupendous!
BookMaster00 More than 1 year ago
What made me get this book was that my little one was actually learning about poetry in school, so this book reinforced that, which was pretty cool. I recommend this book and all Fancy Nancy's.
ewe3 More than 1 year ago
My 6-year-old granddaughter and I have enjoyed Fancy Nancy books from the beginning; but to my knowledge, this is the first time Nancy has ventured beyond using a fancier word for a common one into acknowledging other wordsmiths who have written intriguing combinations of words that we commonly call poetry. Nancy struggles with her own attempts at creating poems while introducing us to reader-friendly poems written by everyone from her friend Bree to "anonymous" to X.J. Kennedy. Whether this is your introduction to the Fancy Nancy books or whether you're a returning fan, I think you'll enjoy reading this one to (or having it read to you by) any young word fancier who might some day like being labeled "Poet."
mathduster More than 1 year ago
Extraordinary introduction to poetry for young children and entertaining for the adults reading to them.
Holly-from-Nebraska More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my 6 year old daughter who is a BIG Fancy Nancy fan! The book is about a little girl named Nancy who loves EVERYTHING fancy. The best part is that Nancy loves to talk "fancy" and by doing this her character is teaching children new vocabulary words that they might not hear everyday. We look forward to the release of Jane O'Connor's next Fancy Nancy book...my daughter said "I can't wait!". I love seeing my child so in love with reading!
1stgradeteacher More than 1 year ago
I am a first grade teacher with a class that adores the Fancy Nancy series. We love reading the books and using the "fancy" words at school. These books give kids access to words they would normally not hear and then lets them use them correctly-yea! Boys even love these stories even though they are written to appeal to girls. I have even sparked interest in these books with my fellow teachers and my school's principal. Many of my students are now on Fancy Nancy book hunts when they are at the library or shopping with their parents. Nancy is so crazy that she teaches and kids learn by enjoying the stories. Keep them coming as you have a fan in me.
MagicalGranmaSandy More than 1 year ago
Very fun book for my Fancy Granddaughter ABZ - we enjoy all the glittery Fancy Nancy stories. The colors and textures and story keeps my 4+ year old granddaughter entertained.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 3 and 5 year old granddaughters really enjoy the Fancy Nancy books. Learning new words especially intrigues them and these books do a great job of helping them do just that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very colorful and fun
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