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Fancy Nancy (Fancy Nancy)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  16,536 ratings  ·  671 reviews
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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Jan 27, 2009 Kathryn rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
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.
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,...more
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
Mary Soderstrom
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...more
Feb 05, 2009 Ann rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
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
Angelina Perez
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
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
Brenda  Roman
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”.

The background in the book Fancy Nancy...more
Stef Rozitis
It didn't completely suck...I guess. Parts of it were cute and it was lovely how accepting and willing to "play along" her family were. I get sick of books not only validating, but almost forcing girls to be obsessed with image, consumer artefacts (accessories)and/or fashion in any form.

I liked that even though she needed frilly socks to play soccer, Nancy is still a girl who does things and has opinions and tries to influence the world around her (that's the didn't completely suck bit) but real...more
Miłośniczka Książek
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
Kellie Eckert
I love Fancy Nancy! It is a children's picture book with bright, exciting pictures of little girl (Nancy) who loves to be fancy by using big words and colorful dress. In the story she tries to teacher her boring family how to be fancy and learns that your family will love you, fancy or not.

It would be appropriate to use for kindergarten through 3rd grade. A lesson I could use it for in third grade would be synonyms and use of a thesaurus. I would read the book and explain that Nancy uses fancy w...more
Angela Diamond
Title: Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Conner, Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, Children's Picture book, Harper Collins Publisher 2006

Summary: Nancy is a young girl who likes to act Fancy. She likes to dress up in sparkly clothes, wear a tiara, and wants to learn french because she thinks everything sounds fancier when you speak French. She puts an ad on the Refrigerator for lessons on how to be fancy. Her parents and sister, join her as she teaches them to be fancy. They end up going to dinner at a f...more
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!
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.
Camille Ryckman
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...more
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
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
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...more
Maureen Haddock
I love the Fancy Nancy series and I am delighted to tell you that my grandson introduced me to Nancy when he was just a toddler. He no longer reads the books, but I still love to look through the pages. I am sure I am in some way related to Nancy. I mean Nancy understands that life should not be ordinary, when we can make it fancy, with so little effort!
I also love to encourage entrepreneurism in children. When Nancy offered classes on being fancy, I was in full support of the idea. Her ad read...more
I have to say, these are not my absolute favorite. However, both my 2 and 5 year old both would give them four stars, probably. I do like that the parents are good sports without going overboard. And the extra vocab is nice, which is sort of the point, I guess.
Inspired Kathy
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!
What can I say? I'm a huge Fancy Nancy fan! Adorable stories, simply GORGEOUS illustrations overflowing with color and SPARKLES! Hee. Any true-at-heart-girl will love these books to pieces.
Cutest books ever. My daughter couldn't ever say Fancy Nancy and it always came out BouncyBouncy. No it's just FancyFancy. Hopefully my second daughter will say it right :)
Samantha Peterson
Fun book with great use of language and "spiced-up" vocabulary words to make things just a bit more fancy :)
Lisa Vegan
Fabulous illustrations. Mirthful sweetness. Nancy and her family and the vocabulary words are wonderful.
What a cute book for every little girl (or not so little) whos family doesnt understand them.
All books should have this much glitter, this much color, this much love & joy in being yourself...
Joe Padon
O’Conner, J. (2005). Fancy Nancy. New York: Harper Collins.

Nancy does not lack style or a sense of being fancy. One afternoon she transforms her family to follow her same fancy style.

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Since the publication of Fancy Nancy, Jane O'Connor's closet now boasts so many boas, tiaras, and sparkly ensembles that sometimes friends do not recognize her on the street. She still resides (that's a fancy word for lives) in New York City with her family and their canine companion, Arrow. --from the publisher's website
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