Fancy Nancy and the posh puppy

Jane O'Connor

Book - 2007

Nancy wants to adopt a special puppy so that she is no longer the only fancy member of her family, but after a day of puppysitting a papillon, she realizes that being fancy is not always the most important thing.

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New York : HarperCollinsPublishers 2007.
Main Author
Jane O'Connor (-)
Other Authors
Robin Preiss-Glasser (illustrator)
1st ed
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unpaged : ill
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Review by Booklist Review

This entry in the popular Fancy Nancy series is once more focused on all that glitters, starting with its sequined cover. The little girl with the Marie Antoinette updo (and a tiara perched upon an Ace Plumbing baseball cap) is ecstatic that her family is considering getting a puppy. Nancy wants the fanciest possible puppy and puppy-sits her posh neighbor Mrs. DeVine's papillon to convince her family. A series of comic mishaps ensues, with the little dog too fussy even for Nancy. The family finally picks out a big dog from a shelter, with Nancy concluding that unique may be better than fancy. --Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2010 Booklist

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Review by School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Horn Book Review

Narrator Nancy is ""ecstatic (That's a fancy word for happy)"": her parents are getting her a puppy. Naturally, she wants the fancy sort, so she does an ill-fated trial run with her neighbor's papillon. Adult readers may cringe (real kids don't talk like Nancy), but fans of Fancy Nancy and glammed-up art will be pleased. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

Fancy Nancy Clancy, the charming child who likes beads, baubles and big words, returns for another fanciful adventure that will please her adoring audience. As in the first entry in the series, Nancy dresses to the nines, uses sophisticated vocabulary and tries valiantly to elevate her family's tastes from practical to fantastic. In this sequel, the Clancy family is planning to buy a puppy, and Nancy wants a French papillon like Jewel, the pampered pooch owned by their next-door neighbor. When Nancy and her family arrange to dogsit for Jewel, they realize that such a tiny, delicate breed doesn't fit their lifestyle after all. They visit a shelter and adopt a larger, more playful dog named Frenchy, who can play games and do tricks and still be dressed up in doggie accessories. Glasser's appealing ink-and-watercolor illustrations again add considerable charm to Nancy's precocious personality, from her dog bone-bedecked headband and poodle skirt right down to her lacy, heart-embroidered socks. Nancy seems destined for more explorations of things frou-frou and frilly--perhaps a shopping trip to Paris with Frenchy? (Picture book. 3-7) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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