Saturday, April 20, 2019

Review - Fancy Nancy: Mademoiselle Mom

Fancy Nancy: Mademoiselle Mom (Fancy Nancy)
adapted by Nancy Parent
illustrated by the Disney Storybook Art Team
Date: 2019
Publisher: HarperCollins
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: hardcover
Source: library

When Mom gets sniffles that are worse than awful, Nancy decides she can help Mom by tidying up and watching JoJo. After all, Nancy is practically an expert at being a big sister, so how hard could it be?

Disney Junior’s Fancy Nancy: Mademoiselle Mom is a Level One I Can Read, perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences.

Disney Junior’s Fancy Nancy is an animated family comedy starring six-year-old Nancy, a girl who is fancy in everything from her advanced vocabulary to her creative, elaborate attire. The show is based on the New York Times bestselling book series Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

These books simply lack the magic of the original storybook series. They're not even as good as the other I Can Read! titles by Jane O'Connor.

In this book, Nancy basically babysits JoJo while her mom takes a nap. But all JoJo wants to do is be with her mom. So Nancy's busy trying to keep her little sister downstairs, happy, and fed. She tries multitasking, but it ends in the kitchen being flooded with soap suds, the dog eating JoJo's snack, and Dad needing to step in to save the day.

The "fancy" words in this book are mainly French words, which kind of defeats the purpose of teaching children new English vocabulary. I was disappointed in that aspect of the book.

I keep reading these Disney-fied Fancy Nancy books, hoping they'll be better than they ultimately are. With the exception of Fancy Nancy: My Fanciest Things, I haven't really liked the books featuring this version of Nancy Clancy very much at all.

Premise: 2/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 2/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 2/5

Overall: 2.33 out of 5

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