Wednesday, August 08, 2007

New Release Spotlight: Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy

Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy, By Jane O’Connor, Illustrated By Robin Preiss Glasser

Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy follows a familiar storyline, but is done in a magical way. A sweet harmony between text and illustration, the second Fancy Nancy book equals the first, and gives the reader a fun story about a little girl trying to find the perfect puppy. Jane O’Connor has a wonderful rhythm to her prose, and parents will love how she teaches her audience a few vocabulary words, such as spectacular, ensemble, and posh, even throwing in a few “fancy” French words, including papillion and merci. Not only can girls learn to use words that can make them feel like “fancy,” but they also learn a simple definition of these more complicated and possibly strange words. Robin Preiss Glassner’s illustrations are beautiful in their bright colors and immense detail, giving children a book that will surprise them through numerous readings of the book. Each detail is perfectly girly, fitting the main character and the audience to a tee. Every detail is given thought down to the fact that Fancy Nancy’s appearance morphs throughout the book to look like the current dog of her dreams through such small changes as the style of her hair or the decorations on her dress. With glitter on the cover and pink and purple galore, it is the perfect book for the girly girl in your life.

Review by Katrina Hill, Indigo Editing, LLC

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