Thursday, February 21, 2019

Review - Fancy Nancy and the Delectable Cupcakes

Fancy Nancy and the Delectable Cupcakes (Fancy Nancy)
by Jane O'Connor
illustrated by Ted Enik
Date: 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

Yummy, cupcakes are scrumptious (that's fancy for tasty!). Nancy is thrilled to be making cupcakes for the bake sale! But will she remember to follow all of Mom's directions?

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This Fancy Nancy book has listening as a theme. It starts at school when Nancy is too busy daydreaming about cupcakes to listen to her teacher. (To her credit, she apologizes after class.) At home, Nancy and her mom bake cupcakes for the school bake sale. When they're done, she takes some over to her neighbour. Her mom tells her to make sure not to put the cupcakes where Frenchy (the dog) can reach them. But Nancy's listening skills are a bit lacking, and you can guess what happens next. (The family ends up having to bake another batch, which is probably for the best. The first batch had JoJo sticking her fingers in the batter, and Frenchy sniffing at the preparations with her paws on the counter. I don't know how bake sales are even legal! Where's the health department when you need them?)

This book has some fun fancy words, like "delectable", "exhausted", and "velvet"... all of which are potentially important for fancy little kids. I liked the emphasis on being a good listener in this one, and the pictures are cute, as always.

Quotable moment:

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

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 3.5 out of 5

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