From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2—Nancy is back, and here she encourages her audience to use some "fancy" words. Arranged alphabetically with usually one entry per letter, the terms are introduced. For example, "Fiasco—a big flop, a disaster. I dropped all the parfaits. What a fiasco!" Instead of dogs, Nancy uses "canine" and substitutes "excursion" for trip. Other fun-filled suggestions include "boa," "tiara," and "wardrobe." The energetic, colorful illustrations entice readers to add sparkle to their conversations and writings.—Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH
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Fancy Nancy’s many fans will want this alphabetically organized list of fancy words. Designed to expand vocabulary, the book places one new word and its definition on a page, then offers a sentence to show its use in context. For instance, accessories is defined as “fancy extra stuff.” The sentence, which explains that Nancy has more fancy stuff than anybody else in the world, is bolstered by an ink-and-watercolor illustration, featuring Nancy covered in bows and boas, ribbons and wrappings. The vocabulary builders include great words—such as improvise and parasol—but kids will have fun with the concept, too. Grades K-2. --Ilene Cooper