Do you know Fancy Nancy? Well, if you are a 4 to 6 year old girl you know for sure who she is. Nancy, the creative brilliance of author Jane O & # 39; Connor, is a young girl who loves everything that is fine. The original storybook in the series, titled "Fancy Nancy", spins the story of Nancy, a big-curled-auburn-haired girl who loves to talk to good-looking French words, dress in stylish clothes, and loves almost anything else that looks great. Even Nancy's favorite doll is sixty fancy – her doll's name, Marabelle, is short for Marabelle Lavinia Chandelier. Unfortunately, the rest of Nancy's family is very common. Nancy even goes so far as to give the family lessons about the differences between plain and neat. Glasses … plain, sunglasses … neat! Nancy's signature clothes are a cow print leotard paired with a poodle skirt, fairy wings, cat eyes sunglasses, leg warmers, ballet slippers and a tiara. The unique and whimsical illustrations, by Robin Preiss Glasser, add to the delightful nature of these books.
In subsequent books in the Fancy Nancy series, including "Bonjour Butterfly", "Posh Puppy" and "Explorer Extraordinaire" you meet Nancy dog Frenchy and her best friend Bree.
Jane O & # 39; Connor's inspiration for all her books, including the Fancy Nancy series, comes from her own life experience or family. Every Sunday afternoon, when Jane was about 4 or 5 years old, her grandmother and great aunts came to Jane and her family. "As soon as I heard the doorbell," says Jane, "I would compete for my room, jump in my pink tutu, hit a satin red coat around me and come out galomphing to greet my guests in a couple of my mom's high heels "I wasn't a girl girl, but I thought it was important to look like a business." Connor was Fancy Jane long before she wrote Fancy Nancy.
What does that mean for Nancy? It means cheeky toothpicks in sandwiches, eat with your pinkies up, lace up stylish socks while playing football and do-it-yourself canopies over the bed.
Jane O & # 39; Connor's fancy Nancy hysteria has blossomed into a growing series of picture books, I can read books, as well as Fancy Nancy gifts and goods like dolls, doll clothes, puzzles, games, birthday parties, bedroom accessories and of course Fancy Nancy dress up clothes for little girls. You can find a Fancy Nancy gift for any occasion.
Check out our Fancy Nancy Trivia to see how much you know about this remarkable little girl:
A. What word is written on the pillow that rests on Nancy's bed?
B. What is Nancy's favorite color?
C. What's the restaurant where Nancy and her family go out to eat?
D. What is Nancy's best friend?
E. What is Nancy's doll called completely? (tip: we mentioned it above)
Q. Who are Nancy's neighbors in the neighborhood (on each side of her house)?
G. What does Nancy think she will be when she grows up?
H. What is Mrs. DeVine's dog called?
I. What breed is Nancy dog?
J. What is Nancy's name called?
K. What is Nancy's middle name?
L. What is Nancy's last name?
M. What is Nancy's name called?
N. What does she use to keep up her bed roof?
O. What's Fancy Nancy's sister?
P. What was Mrs DeVine's profession?
Q. What breed is Mrs DeVine's dog?
R. In which city did Mrs DeVine live as a child?
S. What is Nancy's baby sitting on?
Answer: A: Sublim; B: Fuchsia; C: The Crown of the King; D: Bree; E: Marabelle Lavinia chandelier; F: Bree (her best friend) and Mrs. DeVine; G: A lepidopterist (it's a neat word for a scientist studying butterflies); H: Jewel Jag: La Salle spaniel; J: Ms. Glass; K: She has no middle name; L: Clancy (yes … it does her Fancy Nancy Clancy!); M: Frenchy; N: A broom and a mop; O. JoJo; P. Beauty care staff (she worked at the hairdressing salon); Q: Papillion; R: Hollywood; S. Alex
O & # 39; Connor quotes excerpts from her interview with National Public Radio