Wednesday, April 25, 2012
I shouldn't have to do much introduction for Fancy Nancy, written by Jane O'Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, because insofar as I can tell, it is one of the most popular children's books in the library, and frankly, it is such with good reason. As with Press Here (ha!, said it right!), it's a wonderfully adorable little book that I like for many reasons, which I will enumerate momentarily.
But first, this is why you should always keep an eye on kids around library books, especially if they have writing utensils in their hands:
Yup, that's the first thing you see when you open up our library's copy of Fancy Nancy. Just because these books are available to the public doesn't mean that they should look like it.
But as to why I like Fancy Nancy, it's very simple: Nancy is unreservedly in love with all things frilly and sophisticated, and this includes not only feather boas and pearls and tiaras and saying "darling" with your pinky finger raised while eating, but also: words. Exquisite. Iridescent. Ecstatic. Plume. Chauffeur. And speaking of "chauffeur," Nancy loves French words, because "everything in French sounds fancy." So merci, oui, and an explanation of what R.S.V.P. is short for (Repondez s'il vous plait -- I DID NOT KNOW THIS) are what you can look forward to. Brush up your French!
Nancy's family is quite wonderful as well, though rather plain comparatively. When she decides that her family--woefully lacking in any sense of fancy--needs lessons, they join in wholeheartedly, and then all go out to eat in style:
Also, we find out in Bonjour, Butterfly, that Nancy is, quite possibly, one of the single most talented, epicly, wonderfully dramatic sulkers...
...of all time.
And there you have it.