Sunday, April 14, 2019

Review - Fancy Nancy: Stellar Stargazer!

Fancy Nancy: Stellar Stargazer! (Fancy Nancy)
by Jane O'Connor
illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
Date: 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: hardcover
Source: library

From the dazzling bestselling duo Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, a picture book with a non-fiction twist for the fancy girl who is out of this world!

Fancy Nancy thinks that everything in the sky is simply stellar, from the sun and the moon to the stars and their constellations (that's a fancy word for the shapes that stars make!). So nothing could make her happier than a special sleepover under the stars with her dad and her little sister, JoJo. Together, Nancy and JoJo wish on stars, moon bathe, and even eat astronaut ice cream! But when rain clouds cover up the stars, what's a stellar stargazer to do?

Fancy Nancy: Stellar Stargazer!, full of celestial facts and sparkling illustrations, is perfect for young explorers.

Best of all, take the glow-in-the-dark cover outside at night to launch your own fancy stargazing adventure. Ready? Three... two... one... Blastoff!

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This is probably one of my least favourite quasi-non-fiction Fancy Nancy titles. While it has some good vocabulary words and some interesting facts about stars and constellations, the story that ties it all together is a little weak; I feel like it's a little too similar to Fancy Nancy Sees Stars. (Both books cover the same topic, too.)

The pictures of Nancy and JoJo pretending to go on their moon mission are pretty cute, though. And I like how Nancy and her dad make the most of their backyard camping, even though the weather isn't ideal for stargazing.

Fancy Nancy: Stellar Stargazer! is still a pretty strong title and a nice addition to the series. I just don't like it as much as some of the other books with the non-fiction twist.

Premise: 3/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3.5 out of 5

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