Fancy NancyReaders of Fancy Nancy get an immediate view of what it means to be fancy since the first two double-page spreads show Fancy Nancy’s bedroom when it was very plain and after it was fancy. Wow, what a difference! Fancy Nancy is a little girl who loves being fancy. She loves everything fancy: clothes, accessories, decorations and furniture. She also loves fancy words.
Fancy Nancy’s parents and little sister are not at all fancy and they don’t always understand how important it is to be fancy, although Nancy is constantly telling them things like, “lace-trimmed socks do help me play soccer better.” However, they are a loving and accepting family. When Fancy Nancy offers lessons in learning to be fancy, they all attend.
When they attempt to dress up so as to look fancy, Nancy has to provide her family with fancy accessories because their own clothes are so plain. Once dressed up and in a fancy mood, they decide to eat out. Off they go to a local restaurant where their fancy attire and behavior makes them the center of attention. When an accident ruins their fun, Fancy Nancy is unhappy and ready to go home. Yet, she is quick to thank her parents for being fancy with her. Her parents’ willingness to go along with Fancy Nancy’s dreams of being part of a fancy family makes this story by Jane O'Connor particularly appealing.