Fancy Nancy is back! And this time she wants to be fancier than ever! Nancy is over the moon when her family decide to get a dog. She dreams of having a papillon - a small, delicate, fluffy dog - by her side. This will be the ultimate accessory! But her family have other ideas. They want a plain dog. How unglamorous! With Fancy Nancy's trademark humour and warmth, Nancy discovers that true fanciness does not depend simply on appearance but more on a genuine joie de vivre, which is a very fancy phrase for having lots of fun! Key title / A gorgeous book brand for 4-6 year old girls who love dressing up, sparkle and pink! / The step before Tiara Club and Magic Kitten - an unexploited gap in the market / All the appeal of major brands Barbie, Bratz and Disney Princess / A winning formula - a New York Time Best Seller that's already sold 150k units / Consumer testing with mums and daughters has shown that there is HUGE POTENTIAL for Fancy Nancy in the UK
Jane O'Connor has always had a secret fondness for froufrou. An editor at a major publishing house, she has written more than thirty books for children. She lives with her family in the glamour capital of the world -- New York City. Robin Preiss Glasser, who habitually sports glasses and jeans, discovered her "inner Nancy" while illustrating this book. "Wearing lace-trimmed socks helps me draw better," she says. She has illustrated many books and lives in Southern California with her family and tiara collection.
Fancy Nancy fans will loudly cheer her return and will be happy to discover that she has not lost a lick of her joie de vivre-or her glitter and glam. "I am ecstatic. (That's a fancy word for happy)," she announces, explaining that her family is getting a puppy, "a real one," she adds, as Glasser creates a comical scene of Nancy drafting her sister into the role of pretend-pooch (drawing on a noise with indelible marker). Nancy initially hopes for a dog like Jewel, the papillon that belongs to her elegant neighbor. But Nancy's practical parents think this breed is too small and delicate, and instead suggest hardier dogs; "I shake my head. Too big. Too brown. Too plain. Sometimes it's hard being the only fancy person in the family." Yet when she dog-sits for Jewel, she discovers that the prim and proper pooch does not enjoy romping or fetching like Nancy's friends' dogs. She realizes that Jewel's breed is not the perfect kind for her family. Her parents' idea to visit an animal shelter, however, brings about the perfect solution. Nancy spies spirited and smart Frenchy ("a La Salle spaniel," according to her father), who turns out to be just what the family needs. Glasser's fittingly fancy flourishes and abundant humor once again capture this young heroine's exuberant personality and delightfully exaggerated facial expressions. Author and artist make a sparkling encore performance. Ages 4-7. (Apr.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"It's innocent and magical and just the book you want your little girl to read. Utterly charming" Mum reviewing Fancy Nancy "I will be buying more copies of this book for Christmas...my friends daughters would love [it]!" Mum reviewing Fancy Nancy
PreS-K-Nancy, the spirited preschooler with a distinctive sense of style, wants a pet. The posh puppy she has her eye on is a papillon, just like the one that belongs to her neighbor, Mrs. DeVine. Her parents try unsuccessfully to persuade her to consider a sturdier breed. Then she puppysits for the pooch and discovers that this delicate little creature isn't very well suited for a family pet. Fortunately, a trip to the local animal shelter proves just the thing, where Nancy finds the aptly named Frenchy, a lovable, medium-sized, curly-haired dog. Glasser's bright, energetic illustrations perfectly convey the child's lively personality and panache. Nancy's expressive gestures and poses will be readily understood by children and recognized by sympathetic adults. The entertaining story and exuberant illustrations combine for a book with loads of child appeal.-Robin L. Gibson, Granville Parent Cooperative Preschool, OH Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.