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Fancy Nancy: Aspiring Artist (Fancy Nancy)

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Portraits: Fancy.
Collages: Très fancy.
Splatter paintings: Très, très fancy!

It's spring vacation, and Nancy is feeling glum because her best friend, Bree, is out of town. Luckily, it's Nancy's mom to the rescue! When she brings home a brand-new set of glitter markers, Nancy puts her trademark flair to très creative use and devotes herself to becoming a serious artist (or ar
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by HarperCollins
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Amber M
Oct 15, 2013 Amber M rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fab-40-file
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Awards: None
Grade Level: 3-4

I could use Fancy Nancy Aspiring Artist in my classroom to help build the students vocabulary and introduce them to some famous painters. Fancy Nancy uses different words in the book that you normally do not hear on a day-to-day bases. For a follow up activity I will have a list of some of the words that were used in the book and there synonyms. I will have the students complete a synonym booklet. The students will fold a piece of construction
Sarah W
Mar 16, 2011 Sarah W rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebookparty
This the first Fancy Nancy book I've read though I certainly helped a lot of summer reading kids find them last year. The vocabulary in this book would be great in a writing lesson on stretching student word use.

I would like to argue with Nancy that doodles do count as art. Fancy Nancy mentions different artists and some of their pictures and styles are reflected in the book.

My favorite quote in this book is "Artists are allowed to break rules!" I appreciated that Nancy also has bad art days. Cr
May 05, 2011 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, pets, art, dance, 2011
We really enjoy the Fancy Nancy series of books. The humorous and vocabulary-building narrative and classic Robin Preiss Glasser illustrations are just as entertaining as ever and we liked the art theme. Our youngest really liked the ballet scene, too. Our girls were inspired to create their own art exhibit - they certainly have enough artwork to show off! I like that it's a gentle introduction to some classic artwork.
Apr 26, 2011 Pearl rated it liked it
I've read most of the Fancy Nancy books, and I just adore them (adore is fancy for love love love!) (Ok if you read the books, the author defines all the big, fancy words for the reader like I just did.) Really cute and well crafted stories, I can really relate to Nancy sometimes (but don't tell anyone bc I'm a self-pronounced tomboy!)
Ange (Libby Blog) Schmelzer
Jul 29, 2012 Ange (Libby Blog) Schmelzer rated it it was amazing
When Nancy's best friend, Bree, gets to go on vacation to a REAL art museum, she feels terrible. An art museum sounds SO FANCY and it's in New York City of all places! The most glamorous place of all! When Nancy's mom surprises her with brand new glitter markers and her little sister with crayons inspiration strikes! Nancy begins on an artistic journey while waiting for Bree to get back, which ends in a Local Artist Exhibit right in their very own back yard!

Mallory's thoughts: I loved this beca
Jan 26, 2016 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Fancy Nancy: Aspiring Artist is a story about a sweet little girl named Nancy who loves to be fancy and use fancy terminology. When Nancy's best friend Bree goes on a vacation to New York City, the glamour capitol of the world, Nancy feels a little glum (which is sad in a fancy way). When her mother brings her some glitter markers Nancy decides to become an artist. She spends her days creating and finding different ways of getting inspiration, like dance class, a garden, and a 3D movie. Her fath ...more
Heba Badr-El-Din
Feb 09, 2016 Heba Badr-El-Din rated it it was amazing
Fancy Nancy is about a girl named Nancy, who need to find a new hobby while her friend is away. This is where she decides she want to be an artist. She spends the rest of spring break creating and finding new ways of getting inspiration. She pulls inspiration from dance classes, the flowers in the garden, movies and even from an at museum that her father takes her to. She gets the idea to make a big piece of art, like a tapestry. When her friend come home the the children get together to make th ...more
Kassie Houston
Oct 29, 2013 Kassie Houston rated it really liked it
Grade: pre-k
Genre: realistic- fiction
Award(s): none

The vocabulary in this book would be great in a writing lesson on stretching student word use. I would teach the students the synonyms for the big silly words that Nancy use. I would have about a three day follow-up activity. One activity would be to have the students choose a word and from the synonym list that we created and they would trace the dots (spelling out the word). I would also have them go home and they would have to use the word co
Jul 15, 2014 Nancy rated it it was amazing
I have noticed these books at the library, and I just finished reading two Nancy Clancy books, for a little older reader. I loved the funny illustrations in this book. Nancy is feeling glum, with her friend, Bree, on vacation in New York City. Nancy's mom brings her some markers, and Nancy gets the idea of making the club house into an artists studio. Each day she does work like a famous artist. She has a visit to an art museum, and the book shows her dad and friend Lionel looking at different a ...more
Mar 30, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it
Well I ll be glued and glittered; Ms. Fancy Nancy Clancy has yet another exciting adventure. The story begins with Fancy Nancy standing in the rain watching her friend Bree leave for a New York City vacation. Nancy needs something to do while her friend is glamming it up in NYC, so inspired by a gift of glitter markers from her mom, she starts to create and explore art. The illustrations are well done, and augment (that s a fancy word for adding to) the entertaining (and & shhhh don t tell a ...more
Alyssa Pierce
Dec 02, 2013 Alyssa Pierce rated it liked it
Who knew a young girl could be a great artist? I do not think Fancy Nancy ever doubted herself. In this book, she takes inspiration from all sorts of different places in order to create art. Once again, this Fancy Nancy book is very informational. It mentions many different artists and the different techniques they used to create their artwork. It is interesting to see how these famous pieces of art are interpreted through the eyes of a young girl. It is refreshing how it makes these famous piec ...more
Mrs. Gabrielle Zastrow's
Dec 05, 2013 Mrs. Gabrielle Zastrow's rated it it was amazing
By Trevor and Lydia

The characters in this book are: Nancy, mom, dad, and Lionel. The story takes place at Nancy's house and in an art museum. The problem was that Nancy couldn't go to see a 3D movie with Lionel because she had to go to a museum with her family. The problem was solved when Lionel got to go to the museum with Nancy and she liked going to the museum. She even saw a Jackson Polleck painting! The message we learned was that some things are more important than others. Like art is more
Cathe Olson
Mar 27, 2011 Cathe Olson rated it liked it
I thought this book would be perfect for my aspiring artist daughter, but she and I were both unimpressed by the book. There really was no story--just a list of art projects that Nancy tried. I really miss the originality and personality of the first few books. Also, my daughter wanted to know what happened with Bree--the story starts out with Nancy missing her friend but then the friend theme is totally dropped and it ends with her happy about getting a manicure. There's no story arc at all. I' ...more
Nov 18, 2014 Shelli rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Fancy Nancy maybe a touch envious of her friend Bree’s family trip to the glam capital of the world, New York City, but she is determined to make her spring vacation an adventurous one none-the-less. Dawning her smock and beret Nancy transforms her clubhouse into an art studio and tries her hand at numerous styles of art inspired by famous artists such as Edgar Degas, Monet, Matisse, and Jackson Pollock. Her fruitful efforts add up to one dramatic art show that the entire neighborhood will love. ...more
Sep 05, 2016 Judy rated it liked it
Shelves: pic-books
Fun as always, but a little too "full." If the storyline had been more straightforward, it would have been more engaging.
Erin Buhr
Apr 14, 2015 Erin Buhr rated it really liked it
Fancy Nancy is heartbroken that her best friend is going away for Spring Break until her mom offers her some new art supplies. Suddenly everything is inspiring to the aspiring artist. The garden, the mail, even ballet class inspires Nancy to create. When her friend, Bree returns that only makes the creating more fun. Famous artists are carefully woven throughout the story, which help present and inspire a range of art types from the colorful pages. Flowing with creative inspiration, this Fancy N ...more
Jun 28, 2015 Rowan rated it really liked it
This book is a little over her head, but she was super engaged in the pictures. Definitely something we will pick up to reread when she gets a little older. Excellent for lessons about art and artists and great ideas for some projects that kids can use to learn about those same subjects. Also has some great opportunities for vocabulary expansion for older kids as the narrator (Fancy Nancy) points out that x is a "fancy word" for y a lot.
Nov 05, 2015 Jenny rated it really liked it
I really like Fancy Nancy although with so many books, I don't always love every story. But I love this book. I love her creativity and her determination. I love that she finds inspiration in her ballet class, her neighbor's garden, seeing famous artists' paintings and from a postcard. I love that she uses a variety of art styles and techniques. This would make a wonderful book for an art classroom but might also lead readers to find their own inspiration and create art.
I like that some artists are mentioned--a simple introduction for kids if they don't know many artists. And I liked seeing Nancy try the different styles--a good way to inspire creativity. But it really bothers me with all the "that's a fancy word for..." I guess I just have to admit that the Fancy Nancy books aren't quite my thing. But I will continue to recommend to all of the fancier girls out there.
Beyond the Pages
May 31, 2013 Beyond the Pages rated it it was amazing
What a very excellent book! I adored how the author included the names of various artists. This does so much in the way of encouraging kids to do further research. I also liked that she presented various types of art, even though PWS was not honored as a preparatory step in art. The biggest highlight for me was the art exhibit that the kids had. I loved it!

As usual, the vocabulary words introduced in this book and in the entire series are stellar. Nancy Clancy is my girl!
Tim Eichorst
Mar 14, 2016 Tim Eichorst rated it it was amazing
The "Fancy Nancy" books center on the titular character's desire to learn new words. This book in particular focuses on Nancy's struggle to make herself feel better while her best friend is out of town in New York City. While the style of the book is not my cup of tea, the teacher in me appreciates that this book is designed to help children stretch their vocabulary, and I acknowledge that this book does an exemplary (that's a fancy word for "good") job at it!
Jan 07, 2012 Monica rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books, 2012
Although I am getting a little burned out on Fancy Nancy books I still enjoyed this one. Elementary art teachers will love this book for its mention of famous artists and their styles. I always love Fancy Nancy for her use of what she calls fancy words and then telling the reader what those words mean. I couldn't help but notice that the author used two of the same paintings that Ian Falconer did in his book Olivia.
Pat Fromm
Dec 11, 2014 Pat Fromm rated it really liked it
The art style is gorgeous. I love all the detail in the characters' hair and accessories. I thought the "X is just fancy for Y" was a great way of introducing new words. The introduction to famous artists and art styles was also excellent.
The last page was a bit of a let down. My wife audibly disapproved.
Kaley Matous
Nov 19, 2014 Kaley Matous rated it really liked it
Shelves: edrd-314
This book taught a great lesson about how art and creativity is unique to each individual. I think this is important to read to an elementary class before art projects are begun for the year. This can help teach the class that not everybody's artwork will look the same and it is okay for your projects to be different and reflect who they are.
Alysia Adams
Jan 12, 2013 Alysia Adams rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Title: Fancy Nancy: Aspiring Artist
Author: Jane O’Connor
Illustrator: Robin Preiss Glasser
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date: March 2011
Genre: Fiction/Creativity
Strength/Aspect of Special Interest: This book teaches students about hobbies and art in general. This would be a great introduction to an art project!
Jun 22, 2011 Gwnhwyfer rated it liked it
I love Fancy Nancy! She's just so over the top - colourful, dramatic, so fancy! :)
When bff Bree goes off to New York on a family vacation, FN is left to her own devices - and mom suggests art! I liked how each day, FN (and us!) learned about a different style art/artist, and how it tied up at the end.
Megan M
Apr 26, 2012 Megan M rated it it was amazing
It's a rare book series that manages to be educational and fun at the same time. Fancy Nancy is just that. While this particular book doesn't have much of a story, it does encourage kids to experiment with art and teaches about the styles of a few major artists such as Monet and Pollock. The illustrations as colorful and eyecatching as ever.
Laura Cordes
Nov 19, 2011 Laura Cordes rated it liked it
Inspiration strikes! Fancy Nancy is at it again and this time she's going to be a famous artist! A delightful book for the little lady in us all, Nancy teaches us about a number of notable artists, including Monet and Pollock.
Mar 15, 2011 Tam rated it really liked it
My 8-year-old liked this book but my 4-year-old didn't. It wasn't as "cute" as some of the other Fancy Nancy books we've read and it seemed to be more informational than story-like. They talked about Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, and Jackson Pollock.
Nov 13, 2012 jacky rated it really liked it
I liked this particular Nancy Fancy because it explored different ways of being inspired and different mediums for art. Would be a great way to tie literacy and art together in an elementary classroom.
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