A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Fancy Nancy books are always a great source of new vocabulary words, and they stress the joy of using them. Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth also teaches about sharing mementos, writing good paragraphs, following clues, and finding ways to forgive.
In the end, kids learn that misplaced blame can be hurtful and that jumping to conclusions isn't the best way to solve a crime. Also, we all need to forgive -- and be forgiven -- at times.
Positive Role Models
Most people know kids like the ones in Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth, even Fancy Nancy. She's bursting with enthusiasm and self confidence, tries to uncover truth, is a loyal friend, and cares about doing a good job, whether on her schoolwork or solving a mystery. Her parents are wise and supportive of her individuality, as is her teacher. They know how to let her be herself but when to step in if she needs a little advice.
Violence & Scariness
A squabble between twins that ends in a cut lip is more accidental than intentional.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth is the beginning of a new Fancy Nancy series, and Nancy has grown up just a little, right along with her fans. Kids ready for chapter books will enjoy Nancy's new adventures as a "super sleuth." She's still the same perky girl, with a definite interest in the fancy approach, including her pink trench coat, jewel-studded magnifier, and, of course, her knack for finding "vivid, interesting" words. She has found new inspiration in Nancy Drew books and is looking for mysteries to solve.
Is It Any Good?
It's great to see Fancy Nancy growing up and still bursting with exuberance and individuality. NANCY CLANCY, SUPER SLEUTH keeps that spirit alive while developing a story that's perfect for kids getting into chapter books and looking for a little more challenge. Developing Nancy as a Nancy Drew-inspired "super sleuth" fills the bill, especially for kids who are looking for mystery stories aimed at younger readers.
This series promises to be the perfect next step for readers who want the Nancy Drew experience but aren't quite ready for it yet. Author Jane O'Connor shows she knows kids and captures their world "superbly."
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