Fancy nancy Review

Book Details

Written by: Jane O’Connor
Illustrated by: Robin Preiss Glasser
Age Range: 4 and up
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0-06-054209-8

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“Fancy Nancy” is a story about a young girl who likes to make life a little more glamorous. The thing is, the rest of her family doesn’t share the love of being “fancy” with her. 

Nancy creates a class to help her family learn how to be fancy. Her supportive parents and little sister attend the class. Nancy provides accessories to help her family dress fancy and they go out on the town together. 

After a mishap at the ice cream parlor, the family heads home. The book ends with Nancy knowing, without question, just how much her family loves her.

What Worked For Me

The story introduces a lot of potentially new words to the vocabulary of a child. Kids will learn there are lots of ways to describe something by using different, excuse me, “fancy” words that mean the same thing (or something similar).

Appreciate differences in one another and putting the interests of others ahead of your own. I really loved how the book showed Nancy’s parents embracing who their daughter is and going with it. When Nancy makes a mistake, they continue to support her and it’s beautiful to see.

The ending is wonderful. The book essentially says there are no words more beautiful and sweet than “I love you.” This is absolutely true.

What Didn’t Work For Me

The illustrations are really busy. They’re so busy that sometimes I think it detracts from the story being told. All in all, they were a little much for me.

Nancy has a bit too many fancy things. My daughter wanted more fancy things after reading this book. I’m sure you this already, but accessories and fancy things aren’t cheap! The book seems to encourage a desire for more “stuff.” I don’t think this was intended, but the message is there.

re-Read value

Here’s the metric I use: When you’re a parent and your child asks to read this book 3 or more days in a row, how likely are you to want to jump head first through a wall?

This isn’t necessarily a completely negative comment, but this is the type of book where your kids (daughters in particular) will like this book quite a bit more than you will. Expect to get tired of this book much faster than your kids do. I don’t mind reading this book, but I try to encourage my kids to not pick this book everyday so I don’t grow to dislike it from over-reading.

Final Thoughts

My daughter LOVES this book. She learns new words and enjoys being “fancy” just like Nancy. This book is a big hit in my household. Your kids will love it. Give it a read and let me know what you think!

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