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Fancy Nancy Hardcover – Dec 13 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (Dec 13 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060542098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060542092
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PreSchool-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 doesnt translate into a successful picture book. Children pretending to be fabulous creatures is appealing when it is innocent and unforced. This book, despite Glassers wonderfully energetic artwork, is ultimately a story told by adults for adults.–Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME
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PreS-Gr. 2. For Nancy, there's no such thing as too, too much; she loves her frilly bedroom, her lace-trimmed socks, and her pen with a plume. Nancy teaches her family how to be fancy, too. Then following Nancy's lead, the fancied-up family heads for a festive night out (at the local pizzeria). ^B A messy food mishap puts a damper on Nancy's joy, but her supportive family and the^B "I love you" at bedtime smoothes everything out. O'Connor, the author of the Nina, Nina Ballerina stories, delivers a delightful story of dress-up and cozy family love, with a charming protagonist who enjoys, and enjoys sharing, glamour. Nancy's perky narrative, in short, simple sentences, incorporates some "fancy" vocabulary for kids to absorb (stupendous, posh), along with a sense of the rewards of a family doing things together. The cheerfully colored art is aptly exuberant, a riotous blending of color and pattern and action. A book sure to appeal to girls' inner princesses--and inspire new ensembles and decor. Shelle Rosenfeld
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By A Customer on Jan. 15 2006
Format: Library Binding
This is my 6 year old's favorite book, so I've probably read it a few hundred times. Luckily, it is a great book and a fun read. The illustrations are absolutely wonderful, and the ending is very sweet. Definitely recommend this book to any girls who like to be fancy!
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By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on Sept. 3 2009
Format: Hardcover
Fancy Nancy books were recommended to us both by family and by readers of my blog. They are fantastic books to help children develop a more diverse vocabulary. In this the first of the Fancy Nancy Books, Nancy helps her family dress up fancy and they head out for a night on the town. But sometimes things do not go the way you expect. She does teach her family to be fancy, and they do go out, but Nancy has an accident and does not feel very fancy anymore. This is a wonderful little story, in an oversized picture book with fantastic illustrations. The book is as fancy as the person it features.
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My little granddaughter went through a phase where less was definitely not more. If one necklace was good, six were better, and she wouldn't leave home without them and her clip-on earrings, bracelets, and more. She just loves Fancy Nancy, and she's glad that her own family is willing to be fancied up too. What I like is the parents' unconditional support of their little girl!
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My two-year-old daughter and I love this book. She likes to try to use Nancy's fancy words. It is way too cute!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9f838c18) out of 5 stars 318 reviews
51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f854678) out of 5 stars Completely and utterly charming!:5++ Oct. 7 2006
By Carolyn Rowe Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
After running across Fancy Nancy while surfing amazon.com, I went to Borders Bookstore to see it in the flesh and was instantly captivated. It's a good-sized picture book with the most remarkable illustrations imaginable! There's even glitter incorporated into the book's cover. Having a "fancy nancy" granddaughter who turns five later this month, it will make the perfect gift (and if I ever need an illustrator I'm calling on Robin Priess Glasser!!).

Jane O'Connor's story is about a little girl who loves being fancy (you should see her room!). No one seems to understand that lace-trimmed shoes do help her play soccer better, and sandwiches definitely taste better with frilly toothpicks stuck in them; but, Nancy eventually convinces her unfancy family to fancy up and go out to dinner one evening. They all have a great time until disaster falls (well, not really a big deal in the scheme of things, but certainly so to a very young fancy lady). She finds out her family still loves her even when they all end up covered in ice cream sundaes...oops, I mean parfaits. She also learns that there's no fancy way to tell someone you love him/her, except to say, "I love you."

This book is precious beyond words. I'm having second thoughts about parting with it. I might have to get another copy for my little one. Oh yes, and it's up for a Quill award (consumer choice award)in the best children's illustrated book category. The awards take place this very next week (Oct 10) in New York City.

One thing I know for sure: I know how I'm going to fancy up my black pumps when my husband and I go steppin' out tonight!

Carolyn Rowe Hill
98 of 107 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f8546cc) out of 5 stars Loved, Loved, Loved this one! Dec 31 2005
By Julie Jordan Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Fancy Nancy is a book I can relate too, even thirty plus years after being a little girl who would have LOVED to have my "fanciness" appreciated by my family! I appreciate the wisdom and creativity of our little protagonist - she is a good peer role model for the young picture-book set.

I am buying two copies - one for my seventy-three year old mother who is a "Fancy Nancy" herself and also for myself... my children may borrow it to read, but I will keep it in my room to read-aloud and laugh and laugh and laugh!

Oh - a special nod, too, for the "fancy" illustrations. Loved each and every one.
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f854b04) out of 5 stars Fancy Is As Fancy Does! Jan. 3 2007
By Marion - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I bought this beautiful book for my fancy 3 year old granddaughter, Mary Mace, and she absolutely LOVES it. I read it first and now I want my own copy! The illustrations are magnificent---vibrant, alive and dazzling on every page. The story is educational and instructional. Nancy loves everything fancy from pink boas to sparkling tiarras and high heels....but alas, her family is plain. So Nancy decides to give them "fancy" lessons to which they willingly comply. In the end, Nancy comes to realize that plain is not so bad, either, as long as your loved. This is a light-hearted, well-told story which I highly recommend for girls of all ages.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f854ed0) out of 5 stars Fabulously Fancy - and Fun too! Jan. 29 2006
By ReadNNH - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I just found this book today and am so excited. The text and illustrations of this terrific story are real winners. I agree with the other reviewers comments - and want to add the perspective of a teacher. Nancy likes things "fancy" - words, dress up, food, manners. She frequently refers to things in "normal" AND "fancy" lingo. I will use this book with my first graders to talk about vocubulary and word-choice in their own writing.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f854fb4) out of 5 stars Everyone needs Nancy Nov. 12 2006
By Kitty Wake - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My granddaughter (age five) loves this book because, like Nancy, the more ruffles, flourishes, and flounces an object has, the better she likes it. My elementary schoolteacher daughter loves this book because her fourth-graders' adverb and adjective vocabularies expand painlessly because reading this easy story is fun. I liked this book because Nancy's family is so middle class--not affluent, not deprived--and is so understanding of their little prima donna. The illustrations add a lot to the story, being realistic with just the right touch of whimsical pizazz.