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Fancy Nancy

Fancy Nancy

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by Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser

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Meet Nancy, who believes that more is always better when it comes to being fancy.

This NOOK Kids Read and Play book features narration, animation and interactivity. Kids can choose to hear the story read aloud and play activities on select pages of the book. Animations replay with a simple tap. Plus, kids can tap to enlarge text and pinch & stretch to zoom in


Meet Nancy, who believes that more is always better when it comes to being fancy.

This NOOK Kids Read and Play book features narration, animation and interactivity. Kids can choose to hear the story read aloud and play activities on select pages of the book. Animations replay with a simple tap. Plus, kids can tap to enlarge text and pinch & stretch to zoom in on pictures.

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)
“A delightful story of dress-up and cozy family love.”

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Fancy Nancy Series
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12 MB
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Age Range:
3 - 7 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.

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 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 184 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
JudyinRichmond More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
PMarek More than 1 year ago
Great illustrations! Fun to read too. Encourages a little girl to stretch her imagination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
violinnm More than 1 year ago
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.
Christine Franklin More than 1 year ago
Great reader! Cute book, but I was disappointed the story wasn't more interactive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
Autumn Fiocca More than 1 year ago
Love this book so glad it is a ebook
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is sure fancy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im gabe im 4 and i jusd reedd it with my mommy and i luvd id.l
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fancy nancy is amazing!!!!! she is really funny :)
Brianne Chee-A-Tow More than 1 year ago
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. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
nanato4 More than 1 year ago
All of my granddaughter's love Fancy Nancy books. They are easy to read together with Nana. We can not put them down.
lkpj More than 1 year ago
Our granddaughter loved being able to buy a book without leaving! And Fancy Nancy taught Grandma a lot about how to play FANCY! I highly recommend this book for any grandparent to share some fancy fun with a loved one!
twinmama07 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i really love this book :p
August_West More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love fancy nancy butt for almost 13.00 thats just ubsurd
Maureen French More than 1 year ago
Its so good for kids i'm in 2nd grade and i love it.
Mom-of-2 More than 1 year ago
This is an adorable book that uses different words "fancy" words to describe things. My 4 and 2 1/2 year old daughters LOVE this book! I don't mind rereading it too!
momandteacherCR More than 1 year ago
Excellent!! love it for my first grade students as well as my 3 year old daughter