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Fancy Nancy (Fancy Nancy)

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Meet Nancy, who believes that more is ALWAYS better when it comes to being fancy. From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly studded shoes, Nancy is determined to teach her family a thing or two about being fancy.

How Nancy transforms her parents and little sister for one enchanted evening makes for a story that is funny and warm -- with or without the frills.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 13th 2005 by HarperCollins (first published December 1st 2005)
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I walked into our public library to acquire this book that I had on reserve. I knew ahead of time that it was the only story that I needed to pick up. No children, dark trench-coat, mirrored-sunglasses or ginormous sombrero to cover my head. Just little ol' me.

And who was at the counter, smiling in my direction, but my fabulously-favorite, friendliest librarian. The lady I chat with when we both have the time. The same woman who seriously looks at every book that I take out.

"This looks interes
Jan 27, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kathryn by: Aunt Linda
I can't believe I'm saying this, but I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!
I absolutely adore it. It is so popular (I saw copies at the AIRPORT bookstore, for goodness sake!) that I wrongly assumed it was commercialized fluff. Not so!!! This is a really sweet, thoughtful story (with the most adorable illustrations) about Fancy Nancy--she loves to make everything "fancy" (like calling ice cream sundaes parfaits--and then adding sprinkles!) but she is the only one in her family who does and sometimes it gets a lit
Sep 11, 2008 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Great name! This is a cute book and I would have to say one of my favorites just because I was always called and teased with the nickname Fancy Nancy when I was growing up.
Jun 15, 2009 Connie rated it liked it
I don't think Nancy is bratty or conceited - I think she's a little girl who, like many young children, likes shiny and "fancy" things. And she has remarkably supportive parents - just look at their shopping list! Milk, eggs, bread, fuschia hair mousse.

The pictures are... interesting. They really accurately capture the moods of the characters - the little sister copying her big sister (or grumbling as the crown is patiently taped back on her head!), the kid jumping for excitement. All the same,
Feb 09, 2016 Michele rated it it was amazing
This one is nearly perfect. My daughter adores this book... She loves the "fancy" words and the darling illustrations. Recommend.
Apr 17, 2009 Lisa rated it it was amazing
This book is extraordinary---that's a fancy word for wonderful! We've been reading a lot of "Fancy Nancy" in the library at work as of late, prepping ourselves for Jane O'Connor's visit to our school next week! I am just as excited as the kids, especially after reading about adorable little Nancy and her quest to make all things fancy! I love it! Ms. O'Connor just knows how to tap into the imagination of little girls, and Nancy is one that girls her age could really look up to, proving it is ok ...more
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Mary Soderstrom
May 26, 2014 Mary Soderstrom rated it really liked it
Mademoiselle Nancy: Building Vocabulary One Fancy Word at a Time
When I went looking on the web to find out the English name of Jane O'Connor's series of books about a little girl who wants to be chic, I was a little taken aback to discover she's Fancy Nancy. We've been reading Mademoiselle Nancy to Jeanne (age three and a half) for about a month in French.

Nancy says she plays better soccer when she wears frou-frou socks, she thinks her family should take lessons in how to be chic, she loves fu
Aug 12, 2010 Heidi-Marie rated it really liked it
I figured if I'm going to throw a Fancy Nancy party next winter, I should probably read up on some of her books! There has to be something in them for all those girls to love. And I think I can see it. It's cute and funny. And it's not too long or dragged out. I looked forward to reading more. I hope they're like this.

P.S. I LOVED the ending.

P.P.S. I've already got a list of ideas for things to do at the party!
Nov 02, 2011 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: from-library
29 months - I put this on hold at the library and ended up with the oversize story time version. I didn't want to take it home with us so we sat and read it at the library. O likes Nancy's sense of style and independance, I enjoy the way she introduces new vocabulary and explains what it means. O pick up vocabulary almost instantaneously so this is a great way for her to gain some new fun words.
Feb 05, 2009 Ann rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ann by: Katie - thanks:)
A really cute, fun story for kids who love learning new and "fancy" words, and also about being yourself.
There's also a great sense of family involvement and love which is subtle but very present.
Also, great pictures for those kids who like illustrations with a lot going on.
Inspired Kathy
Sep 09, 2011 Inspired Kathy rated it it was amazing
What a cute little book. I enjoyed reading this book about being "fancy". It's a perfect book for little princesses!

9/9/11 - My daughter picked this at the library again. We love Fancy Nancy!
Geena Gurman
Oct 13, 2015 Geena Gurman rated it it was amazing
Title: Fancy Nancy
Author: Jane O’Connor
Illustrator: Robin Preiss Glasser
Genre: Picture Book
Theme(s): Endless love from family (regardless of your differences)
Opening line/sentence: “I love being fancy.”
Brief Book Summary: Fancy Nancy loves being fancy, although her family is plain and boring. She teaches them all how to be fancy by dressing differently, accessorizing differently, and using words that sound “fancy.” Her family finally becomes ‘fancy,’ but at the end of the night she doesn’t feel
Dec 04, 2014 Bookswithbrooke rated it it was amazing
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Hi everyone! I have to confess that I LOVE the Fancy Nancy book series. I own almost the whole series. This series helped me become a better reader and makes learning vocabulary a lot of fun. The illustrations in this book are some of the best I have ever seen and think you will like reading this book even if it is below your level. I recommend this book for anyone ages 3-7. This is also a great book for advanced readers to read aloud to a younger
Miłośniczka Książek
Jun 08, 2014 Miłośniczka Książek rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dzieci
Poznajcie Fancy. To mała dziewczynka, która ma głowę pełną pomysłów. Jej wyobraźnia nie zna granic. Nigdy się nie nudzi, bo zawsze potrafi wymyślić sobie jakieś ciekawe zajęcie. Pewnego dnia postanowiła, że będzie wyjątkowa i to przez duże W. Założyła fantazyjne kolorowe stroje pełne piórek, koronek i perełek. We włosach poutykała mnóstwo ozdób i założyła nawet koronę. Zmieniła również wygląd swojego pokoju - nad łóżkiem zawisł baldachim, wszędzie pojawiły się barwne kwiatki i choinkowe świecide ...more
Patricia (Patricia's Particularity)
Nancy loves everything fancy! Her favorite color is fuchsia, she writes with a plume pen, and her doll's name is Marabelle Lavinia Chandellier. Unfortunately, Nancy's family is not as fancy as her, if at all. Nancy teaches her family what it means to be fancy, even dressing them up in fancy clothes. To celebrate their new fanciness, the family goes out to eat, and even though everyone stares at them they order parfaits and have fun... until Nancy trips and spills their parfaits on her fancy dres ...more
Camille Ryckman
May 22, 2014 Camille Ryckman rated it really liked it
Brief summary-A girl who loves to be fancy finds a way to be fancy even in her plain family.
Annotation A charming story that shows the way a girl can make herself fancy with what ever she has laying around the house. She even gets her family to be a little fancy too.
Age appropriateness - This is a good book for 4-6 year olds
Connection to six early literacy skills
Vocabulary - Although there are many skills represented I like this for a great vocabulary builder as Nancy always finds a fancier wor
Apr 29, 2014 Alexandria rated it really liked it
In this book Nancy is a little girl who loves to be fancy. She is always dressed from head to toe in, usually pink, accessories. She give fancy names for ordinary things, like "china" for "plates" or "accessories" for "jewelry." Being fancy makes her feel special and different and in her eyes it is the only way to live. She does not enjoy that her family is ordinary. She wishes they cared about being fancy as much as she did and she thinks that they would be much happier if they dressed up more. ...more
Apr 18, 2014 Suzanna rated it liked it
Fancy Nancy is a hilarious book for children and parents alike. The book is about a girl named Nancy who thinks everything should be fancy. Everything that is not fancy, Nancy does not approve of. In the book Fancy Nancy, Nancy attempts to teach her family a thing or two about being fancy and the outcome is wonderful! The family goes along with her obsession with being fancy and they all take a trip out on the town after their lesson. This book would most likely appeal to girly-girls, but even b ...more
Oct 15, 2014 Sam rated it really liked it
Nancy loves for everything to be fancy. Trouble is, her family isn't fancy. So Nancy decides to give fancy lessons to her family.
This is a cute little intro the the Fancy Nancy franchise. My daughter K(5) LOVES things to be fluffy, pink, sparkly, frilly - basically Fancy, the same as Nancy in the book. I love how supportive her parents are and the fun ways they use to support their daughter's personality. I'd love to see a future series with JoJo, and maybe use her to point out that not all litt
Angelina Perez
Dec 02, 2013 Angelina Perez rated it really liked it
Nancy believes that it is better to be fancy. She uses words that are fancy; she dresses fancy with her tiara and her sparkly studded shoes. Nancy thinks her parents are not fancy at all. She is determine to make her family fancy so she puts an Ad in the fridge of how to be fancy. Her family takes lessons to be fancy. The family dresses fancy and starts talking fancy. They decide to go to a fancy restaurant where Nancy falls down and is no longer fancy. The family goes home and has desert. Nancy ...more
Crystal Marcos
May 04, 2011 Crystal Marcos rated it really liked it
I honestly didn't think I would enjoy these books as much as I do. I was charmed by Fancy Nancy and enjoyed reading it with my daughter. She is 23 months and sat through this book and Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly in a single reading session. It was fun learning to be fancy. I really like the way the author taught the different "fancier" words. The little additions added to the illustrations make them special. It is quite an educational fun read. I even asked for Fancy Nancy: Tea Parties for h ...more
Emily Woodard
Aug 03, 2015 Emily Woodard rated it it was amazing
I give this book 100 stars.

I like Fancy Nancy, but I didn't like it when she feel down and got ice creams all over her.

I think my classmates should read Fancy Nancy. It's good and they will like it.
May 16, 2016 Ashley rated it really liked it
So cute!!! Nancy definitely is a diva and I can't wait to read more of these books.
Feb 12, 2016 Paige added it
Taylor Gomez
Feb 13, 2016 Taylor Gomez rated it it was amazing
I liked this book because it was fancy. I am 5 and I love fancy girl things.
Patricia Mckelvy
Nancy loves everything fancy! Her favorite color is fuchsia, she writes with a plume pen, and her doll's name is Marabelle Lavinia Chandellier. Unfortunately, Nancy's family is not as fancy as her, if at all. Nancy teaches her family what it means to be fancy, even dressing them up in fancy clothes. To celebrate their new fanciness, the family goes out to eat, and even though everyone stares at them they order parfaits and have fun... until Nancy trips and spills their parfaits on her fancy dres ...more
Jenna Snyder
Title: Fancy Nancy
Author: Jane O’Connor
Illustrator: Robin Preiss Glasser
Genre: Early Reader
Theme(s): manner and customs, individuality, family
Opening line/sentence: This is my room before it was fancy.
Brief Book Summary: Fancy Nancy is a little girl who loves everything fancy. She loves fancy clothes, fancy words, fancy foods, etc. Her family decides to join her on the “fancy train” and they take on the town (a pizza place) and it couldn’t make Nancy any happier.
Professional Recommendation/
Oct 06, 2015 Aylea rated it really liked it
This review originally posted at The Children's Book and Media Review

Nancy loves being fancy. She dresses in a fancy way, uses fancy words, and wants to learn French because it sounds so fancy. Unfortunately, her family is not fancy at all and her family doesn’t understand how much better being fancy makes life. Then she gets a stupendous idea—she’ll give lessons on being fancy! With Nancy’s help and a few accessories, she and her family go out for a fancy dinner. When Nancy has an accident and
Brenda  Roman
Sep 12, 2014 Brenda Roman rated it it was amazing
Fancy Nancy by Jane O’ Connor is a book about Nancy and how she likes to be fancy. Fancy doesn't mean expensive accessories she simply likes having fun with the accessories she wears. Fancy’s family saw the ad and wanted to be fancy, her family and Nancy played dress up and went to a fancy restaurant. Nancy had a little accident in the restaurant, the fancy night is over. No matter how fancy Nancy wanted to be theirs no words that could replace “I love you”.

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