Sunday, February 17, 2019

Review - Fancy Nancy: Spectacular Spectacles

Fancy Nancy: Spectacular Spectacles (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

Nancy thinks that Bree's new glasses are simply spectacular. After all, they are lavender. They are glittery. And best of all, they come in a silver case. So when Bree tells Nancy all about her trip to the eye doctor, Nancy can't help but wonder if her own eyesight is perhaps getting a little blurry too.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Oh, dear. Now I've discovered Fancy Nancy! I think I would've loved these books when I was little. The "fancy" language is definitely a plus; more challenging words are included in the text, given proper context, and also explained clearly with a glossary. I love it when children's books treat kids like intelligent readers.

In this story, Nancy's friend Bree gets glasses. Sparkly lavender glasses! This, of course, leads to some jealousy on Nancy's part. She doesn't need glasses, but she still wants to wear them so she can be spectacular like her friend. She and her mom eventually come up with a solution that makes everyone happy.

The illustrations are quite cute and colourful. Nancy and Bree are both definitely fancy, with flowers and butterflies in their hair and cute little outfits. Everyone in this book seems to have a sense of style; even the teacher has a shock of pink hair! I'm a little disappointed that the cover credits the original illustrator, who only did the cover. If you're going to illustrate the entire rest of the book, you should get more than just a mention on the inside.

Overall, this is a fun little story in what I hope is a fun new series for me. The library has lots of these (as well as the Nancy Clancy series, which appears to be a little more advanced), so I'll have to give some more of them a try.

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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