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Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas

(Fancy Nancy)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  3,689 ratings  ·  196 reviews
What could be fancier than Christmas?

Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles—and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has been
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by HarperCollins
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Best line: "Dad says we must compromise, that means we end up with the tree my mom wants." I burst out laughing. That was a cute touch. The kids didn't get why I was laughing. Funny stuff. Since my niece changed what she thinks is pretty and she is no longer fancy, I really appreciate these books. My niece used to be fancy and now she is more 90s grunge. C'est la Vie. She's still very cool, but I miss those days she wants to wear a princess dress to school.

This is simply the Fanciest Christmas
La Coccinelle
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
This was one of the last Fancy Nancy books I'd yet to get my hands on, so when the e-book came up in Amazon's bargain section, I snapped up a copy. As one of the original storybooks with illustrations by Robin Preiss Glasser, its charming and detailed pictures perfectly capture the holiday season in the Clancy household.

As is the case in the best of these stories, Nancy finds herself in a bit of an unpleasant situation--due to her own actions. I like the way the story was both reassuring and
Mariah Roze
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute story with amazing illustrations :)
The Fancy Nancy books make me feel all cozy and sparkly so I was thrilled when I realized she is now starring in a Christmas book (the most cozy and sparkly holiday of the year, for me!) I'm not convinced it is an outstanding story, but it is cute and fun and full of the spirit of the holidays and the illustrations are winning. (This book, unlike many others in the series, is actually illustrated by Glasser so three cheers for her!)

Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
The Christmas illustrations in this story are gorgeous. This is a great read if you want to get into the Christmas spirit.
Dec 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-favorite-read
Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas

Fancy Nancy, what an adorable "fancy girl" she is, and wait until you read about her Christmas! Presents with elegant wrapping paper, fancy cookies, and wait until you see the tree topper Nancy purchased with her own money. But me things go awry, can Nancy still have a "splendiferous Christmas"?

MY THOUGHTS - This book is so very adorable. Targeted for the (4-8) age group, the book is beautifully illustrated by: Robin Preiss Glasser. There are some great new
We all like Fancy Nancy, except Lamby (6), who has decided that she is ridiculous. Where did I go wrong? ...more
Sally Linford
Dec 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christmas lovers, Fancy Nancy lovers, all little girls, dads of little girls
This is one of those rare children's books that I enjoy reading as much as my children. All the Fancy Nancys fall into this category. Here's what's so great about this one:
* Brief, tight prose--a lot happens in just a few words. Very refreshing. And I love her use of present tense--it's very immediate. You live the story as it happens, rather than hearing the report after the fact (past tense).
* Lovely portrayal of real family life (the parents love each other, grandparents swoop in to save the
Erica Hopper
Nov 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an excellent book for little girls. The bright pages and cute character of Nancy is captivating for children but each page also includes a lesson of learning a new 'advanced' word fro a young child with an example of what it means being included. I've always wondered what the fascination has been with Fancy Nancy and I'm glad I finally picked up one of the books (this one) and read it. I'll gladly send these books to my niece (who is three) so that she can also enjoy the bright pages and ...more
Katherine Cowley
I love this book because this introduced my daughter to Fancy Nancy. And she adores Fancy Nancy. If I try to get her to wear a normal dress for church she says, "No, I want my Fancy Nancy dress!" and then I put her in her fanciest dress.

The Christmas story in the book is delightful, and now I know what series to buy my daughter for her birthday.

This would be fun to use in a college rhetoric class to teach different levels of formality/informality and diction. Some day I want to teach a class
Another Fancy Nancy winner, with some good lessons and wonderful busy illustrations.
Sabrina Valenti
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: author-study
This is part of the famous Fancy Nancy series, in this book Fancy Nancy is getting ready for Christmas. She is decorating her house, making cookies, going caroling and decorating her Christmas tree. Nancy has a little mishap with the tree topper but no fear because she makes herself an even fancier one.

This book is great to read around Christmas time. It goes through all the Christmas traditions that children might have. I really love all of the Fancy Nancy series. I love how even a cute and
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
Very cute Fancy Nancy book celebrating Christmas. The pictures are gorgeous an the story is cute. It's a story about fancy, family heirlooms and family traditions.
This is the book that got me to love Fancy Nancy.
Molly Cluff (Library!)
I can't believe this is my first Fancy Nancy book. So cute! I love how it introduces new vocabulary, and Nancy is just so quirky and darling. I was so sad at the end when her hard-earned tree tropper breaks. My poor heart.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
fancy nancy is so fancy at christmas.
We've enjoyed the Fancy Nancy books we've read so far. This one was enjoyable as well. I think there have been other stories I've enjoyed more in this series, but it was still cute nevertheless. I like that the book gives a big word and then explains it. It's a great way to build vocabulary. Also, it is a book that kids could read themselves and still learn new words - not that I'm pro "let your child figure it out". I definitely what my child to come to me to ask what a word means.

This was a
McCall Donnelly
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is no secret that Fancy Nancy loves all things Christmas. She describes all the things that are necessary in order to have a Splendiferous Christmas. Everything has gone as planned for Nancy until her grandfather is late for decorating the tree. As she patiently waits she notices her dog is getting restless and decides to give it its present early. What Nancy doesn't know is that it will throw her Splendiferous Christmas for a loop.

This book uses full-page illustrations which makes it very
Alex Sandiland
Nancy is super excited for Christmas, it is her favorite time of year! Nancy and her family indulge in the Christmas spirit by decorating their house, wrapping presents, making delicious Christmas cookies, and finding the perfect Christmas tree. Once everything is ready to go, Nancy and her family wait for their grandpa to come over. Nancy gets so anxious that she decides to put on the fancy tree topper that she bought with all of her birthday money. Still waiting for their grandpa to arrive, ...more
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nancy Clancy and her family are getting ready for the holidays! They decorate the yard, pick out the tree, wrap the presents, sing carols for their neighbor . . . and wait and wait for Grandpa to come over, so they can all decorate the tree together. But Grandpa's running late, and Mom and Dad let Nancy put up the fancy new tree topper she picked out. When Nancy opens one of their dog Frenchie's toys, and plays tug of war with the dog near the tree, disaster strikes! Can this fancy holiday be ...more
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas. This is actually the first Fancy Nancy book I've read, so it served as a good introduction to the series as well. I liked it very much. I love the illustrations. They were a bit busy, perhaps, but that is part of their charm, I think. I love the amount of detail. Every time I read it, I notice something I hadn't noticed before. There is something almost precious about this book--perhaps because of the illustrations, or even the text. But I ...more
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
I love the Fancy Nancy books. The illustrations are very cute, imaginative, and colorful. This Christmas story is very fun and colorful. The author uses big words, and she gives the definitions. December 1 2014

I checked out the ebook version of th is book. I thought I was checking out a book with cute pictures, but it was an audio book version. I have loved looking at the wonderful pictures in these books, I did get to see the cover. The narration was wonderful, with the what sounded like a cute
Douglas Cootey
Cute illustrations. Nancy is adorable as usual. This story isn't quite as endearing as some of the other entries in the series. However, I'm glad it's part of our collection. Some of my favorite illustrations where when a dejected Nancy slumped in the doorway when there was no grandpa waiting for her when she returned home. I also loved seeing Nancy bringing pot lids as symbols for Christmas caroling. What a cacophony that must've been! Glasser has a good feel for these characters and her style ...more
Camille Ryckman
Brief summary-Nancy finds a way to show how fancy finds Christmas is.
Annotation A charming story that shows the way a girl shows all the fancy words for Christmas. Nancy and her family go through the Christmas ritual but have a mishap that ultimately brings them even closer.
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
Jillian Warren
This book is part of the Fancy Nancy series. Wonderful illustrations; full page and very colorful! I love Fancy Nancy because she likes to use "fancy" words which introduces new vocabulary to the students. She also always gives a definition of the "fancy" word. It really is a very clever way to introduce children to higher level vocab words that they may not hear in every day conversation. Book discusses many popular Christmas season events and traditions; cookie making, wrapping ...more
Nov 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We have really enjoyed reading the Fancy Nancy series by Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser. The stories certainly appeal to our girls sense of whimsy, design and flair and the stories are entertaining and usually have a lesson or some sort of moral that is subtly incorporated into the tale. I also love that children are exposed to new and usually challenging vocabulary words with these books.

I like this simple story about Christmas - it's not overly complicated, but still reminds us of the
Leon Jane
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas is a beautifully illustrated children's picture book set in Northern America. The story takes us on a journey through Christmas traditions in the lead-up to Christmas morning; from house decorating, baking cookies for Santa, singing Christmas carols, eggnog, selecting a Christmas pine tree to decorating it.

While we are immersed in beautiful, colourful illustrations - and of course french vocabulary - we are reminded of the importance of family and giving
Mrs. Gabrielle Zastrow's
The characters in this book were Nancy, her mom and dad, her sister and dog, and her grandpa. The story took place on Christmas Eve at Nancy's house. The problem was that grandpa was running late to the party and Nancy was sad he wasn't there yet. Then Nancy knocked over the Christmas tree and broke the tree topper! The problem was solved though because grandpa finally made it to the party, and he helped Nancy make an heirloom, a new tree topper out of things around the house. The theme of the ...more
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Girly' is definitely NOT my style, but Fancy Nancy creeps into the acceptable zone. I like her use of fancy words; I like the sprinkling of French vocabulary; I like her wild imagination; and basically, she's a good kid. And every now and then there's an odd surprise. Example:

"When life gives you cracked eggs, make eggnog," Grandpa says.
Scottsdale Public Library

"Oh la la" meets "fa la la la la". This book has the adorable story I've come to expect with Fancy Nancy books as well as all that glorious vocabulary. Great for starting conversations about holiday traditions, family, and value of patience. --Alexis S.
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