Fancy Nancy

Book review by
Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Supportive family helps girly girl shine.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this book is about a girl who loves frou-frou things, but Nancy is certainly no wimp. There's a wonderful message about the importance of a supportive family.

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Parent of a 3 and 4-year-old Written byNature cat 1998 May 10, 2019

Buy this only if your kid won't copy the title character

I gave this series the lowest rating possible. I have read a dozen of these stories myself, and they just have nothing to offer to my kids. The title character... Continue reading
Adult Written byBella Nell April 26, 2019

Extremely inappropriate for young children

I'm appalled at the characters' behaviors and attitudes in these books!
My 6-year-old daughter (1st grade) has been starting to read picture books. Sh... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old March 30, 2018

Fancy Nancy

I have to say that I LOVE the Fancy Nancy books. I want to own all the books. These books have helped me become a better reader and makes learning words a lot o... Continue reading

What's the story?

Nancy offers fancy lessons to clue her rather plain family in on the joys of fanciness. However, a fancy outing to The King's Crown family restaurant ends in disaster. Will Nancy be able to find her fanciness again?

Is it any good?

FANCY NANCY joins a long line of spirited girls with a passion for pink, but she's a welcome addition to what might be an overcrowded genre. What sets Nancy apart is her loving family, who do more than tolerate her interests: They're willing to share them. Even her father takes notes when she offers an ad for "Learn to be fancy" lessons on her family's fridge.

Young wannabe princesses will be drawn to detailed illustrations, which are crowded with girly objects of desire -- but Nancy is not all prissy. Her fanciness helps her truly be all that she can be, no matter what she's trying to tackle. As she explains, "Lace-trimmed socks do help me to play soccer better." Even girls who can do without pens with plumes and tiaras may find a kindred spirit in our fancy heroine -- and her supportive family that's there for her throughout it all.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the ways they can respect and even enjoy each other's passions whether or not they share them. They may use Nancy's family as inspiration for their own fancy outing -- complete with parfaits.

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