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August 12, 2012
Renae Ault - Children’s Librarian, Salem Public Library , Salem News

Fancy Nancy burst onto the children's book scene in 2005 and since then, the books about this precocious, feather boa and glitter-covered young fashionista have spent a total of 250 weeks on the New York Times' Bestseller List. Jane O'Connor's best-selling picture book definitely struck a chord with young readers, spawning a beginning reader series, games, puzzles, toys, clothing, and hundreds of Fancy Nancy birthday, bookstore, and library parties across the United States.

The main character, Nancy Clancy, is a little girl with a desire for everything around her to be fancy. She dresses in tutus and sparkly clothes and ruby slippers. She wears fairy wings, tiaras, glitter, and skirts with long trains in her attempts to always look posh (a fancy word for fancy). Nancy determines that her family is way too plain and she does her best to educate them on the correct way to dress, behave, and speak so that they will all be at their fanciest at all times. She adopts a fluffy, fancy puppy from the local pound, and always insists on using the biggest, fanciest words for everything. The adorable illustrations and silly storylines appeal to young girls far and wide, while the sophisticated vocabulary, complete with definitions, causes teachers, parents, and librarians to cheer.

The creator and author of this delightful series, Jane O'Connor, is the vice president of Penguin Books for Young Readers and has written more than 30 children's books. She lives in New York and loves to spend her time traveling, writing, and being with her family. Since 2005, her collection of tiaras and feather boas has grown considerably.

Fancy Nancy has been around for seven years and a lot of girls (and boys!) have been charmed, entertained, and educated by Nancy Clancy and her love of all things fancy. It's very exciting to see that now, as kids outgrow the picture books and early readers, they don't have to give up reading about everyone's favorite tiara-wearing heroine. Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth arrived at Salem Public Library last month and marks Nancy's debut into chapter books. This mystery novel for young readers takes Nancy and her friend, Bree, on a clue-seeking adventure, armed with fancy pink trench coats and a super-secret code and packed full of what we've always loved about Nancy: how she always manages to be fancy, no matter what! To follow the chapter book intrigues of Nancy Clancy, give us a call (330-332-0042), visit our website www.salem.lib.oh.us or stop by Salem Public Library to put a reserve on Nancy Clancy: Super Sleuth or any of the other great Fancy Nancy books.

 
 

 

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