Fancy Nancy: Poet Extraordinaire!

Book review by
Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Fabulous, fancy primer on poetry sure to get kids writing.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

This is packed with information on poetry: different forms of poetry, different ways to enjoy it, different ways to write it.

Positive Messages

Nancy’s enthusiasm for poetry is infectious -- poetry is presented as a diverse, creative, and fun form of expression.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Nancy is frustrated as she struggles to write, but she doesn’t get too negative -- and when inspiration strikes, she’s ready to run with it. Ms. Glass, of course, is the teacher all parents wish their children had: She’s approachable and attentive to her students.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this relatable story introduces children to reading and writing poetry.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byPaulus K. September 12, 2017

Positive Learning

If you're looking for a good set of books to entertain your children and help to broaden their reading comprehension abilities at the same time then this i... Continue reading
Adult Written byYoungMomInTexas March 15, 2012

Poetry resource

My 6 1/2 year old daughter enjoys Fancy Nancy books and has been writing poetry since reading this book. She has read it many times as she tries to memorize how... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2010

Fancy Nancy not so great!

Fancy Nancy is funny but the books are kind of boring like her dressing up how boring!

What's the story?

Nancy’s class is learning about poetry, and the students are writing their own poems to read aloud at Family Day. Nancy has learned about all different types of poems and ways to write them, but when it comes to writing her own, she faces writer’s block. But a family outing helps inspire her poem.

Is it any good?

This is a great addition to Fancy Nancy series, both a fun story about Nancy’s preparation for Family Day and a guide to enjoying and writing poetry. Nancy, who never does anything halfway, even has a Palace of Poetry where she and best friend Bree read and write together. She's curious and excited by what she's learning, and takes great interest in the work of her classmates and the poems shared by friends and neighbors in her poetry survey.

Nancy talks about everything from finding inspiration (such as music, cookies, and a glittery notebook) to compiling anthologies, giving readers plenty of creative ideas for exploring poetry. Kids will readily empathize with Nancy, who is eager to start writing but frustrated by the process. Be sure to have a notebook and plenty of markers nearby -- your child probably will be fired up to start writing!

Sweet, colorful illustrations share space with Nancy’s own artwork, including her very own poetry anthology.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their favorite poems. What kind of poems do you enjoy? How do you feel when you read them? Conduct a poetry survey like Nancy's.

  • Point out and talk about poetry you run across -- song lyrics, cards, books, even advertising slogans. Write poems together as a family -- you could even make your own Poet Tree.

  • Of course, families can read poems together. Look up some of the poems Nancy refers to in the book and read them together.

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