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Fancy Nancy

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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  23,605 ratings  ·  923 reviews
From the dazzling duo of Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, welcome Fancy Nancy! This is the bestseller that launched the beloved Fancy Nancy series.

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 and u
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 13th 2005 by HarperCollins (first published December 1st 2005)
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Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, series, bvc
Fancy Nancy is a character who loves accessories and glamorous ones at that.  She believes in dressing up and in educating her family on the importance of style.  She teaches the reader exciting  new vocabulary as she instructs her family.  She is an independent thinker with much creativity and spirit.  A delightfully fun read with outrageously imagined illustrations!
Jan 27, 2009 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 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.
La Coccinelle
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
I've been working my way through our library's collection of Fancy Nancy e-books, but I'm getting close to the end. It was time to turn to the hardcovers, so I reserved a few. Last night, my mom and I sat down together to read some children's picture books. Why not? I think we both enjoyed them. My mom said my sister and I probably would've loved these books when we were little, and I concur (that's fancy for "agree").

We started with Fancy Nancy, which is apparently where the whole story begins.
Jun 15, 2009 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 04, 2016 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 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
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Children Who Like Fancy Things
Young Nancy loved fancy things. She loved fancy room decorations, fancy clothing, and most of all, fancy words. Unfortunately for her, her own family was decidedly un-fancy, despite all of her efforts to spruce them up. Until, that is, the day she got the idea to offer classes in fanciness. Does her family have what it takes to shape up? And does it matter, if they don't?

Originally published in 2005, Jane O'Connor's Fancy Nancy has sparked a booming children's book franchise in the intervening t
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kasey-s-books
4 Posh STARS

"I love you," my dad says.
"I love you," my mom says.
And all I say back is, "I love you."
Because there isn't a fancy - or better - way of saying that.


Fancy Nancy es una niña muy confidente, el adjetivo correcto para describirla es “extra”, va más allá para llamar la atención y como diríamos en México le gusta colgarse hasta el molcajete. Es una niña muy tierna, que defiende su estilo propio de vestir y lo más importante quiere incluir a toda su familia, y es lo más bonito de esta
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Sep 20, 2011 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.
Aug 12, 2010 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!
Feb 05, 2009 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.
Lisa Vegan
Fabulous illustrations. Mirthful sweetness. Nancy and her family and the vocabulary words are wonderful.
Aug 28, 2008 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!
Becca Easlon
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't know how I didn't read this with the littles sooner. Finally got around to it today and I was not disappointed! Such a darling read, great vocabulary for kiddos and adorable pictures. This will definitely make its way into my children's book collection.
Savannah Rollins
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ed-308-books
This is a great book for young readers. Fancy Nancy loves all things fancy and she teaches her readers a few of her favorite fancy words.
Marta Pereira
Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Funny. Plays on the fancy -ness of princesses, French and being posh
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, audiobooks
Cute illustrations and great way to introduce children to new vocabulary words.

But, I think Nancy missed that there is indeed a "fancier" way of saying "I love you."

Je t'aime.
Geena Gurman
Oct 05, 2015 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
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Fancy Nancy is about a young girl who absolutely loves being fancy. Being fancy to her is having nicer things and cool new ways to say things. She goes on and on about new and better ways to say things, like her favorite color being fuschia instead of just saying purple. She then goes out of her way to have her parents become fancy just like her and the parents willingly go along with her plan. They dress up in a bunch of layered clothes that make them look quite silly and act like they are true ...more
Adalyn McCarty
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: el-230
Fancy Nancy is a extremely cute, very detailed illustrations and storyline of Fancy Nancy life. This book is great for students to enhance their creativity and imaginative side. It also teaches the lesson that you may not always want to do what someone else is doing, but by trying it you may find out that making them happy, makes you happy. I love that Fancy Nancy's family goes along with her fancy day and encourages to keep being herself instead of telling her what she is wearing is not okay. T ...more
Mary Soderstrom
May 26, 2014 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
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 20, 2014 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 18, 2014 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
Apr 29, 2014 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
Oct 15, 2014 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
Crystal Marcos
May 03, 2011 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
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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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