Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Review - Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas

Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas (Fancy Nancy)
by Jane O'Connor
illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
Date: 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: Amazon.ca

What could be fancier than Christmas?

Presents with elegant wrapping paper, festive decorations, Christmas cookies with sprinkles—and who could forget the tree? After all, there is no such thing as too much tinsel. Ooh la la! This year, Nancy is especially excited about decorating the Christmas tree. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money and has been waiting for Christmas to come. But when things don't turn out the way Nancy planned, will Christmas still be splendiferous?

In this merriest of stories from bestselling duo Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, Nancy proves once again that a little fancying up can go a long, festive way!

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This was one of the last Fancy Nancy books I'd yet to get my hands on, so when the e-book came up in Amazon's bargain section, I snapped up a copy. As one of the original storybooks with illustrations by Robin Preiss Glasser, its charming and detailed pictures perfectly capture the holiday season in the Clancy household.

As is the case in the best of these stories, Nancy finds herself in a bit of an unpleasant situation--due to her own actions. I like the way the story was both reassuring and instructive, showing the adults helping Nancy deal with her feelings and using her skills to come up with a solution. (Yeah, that sounds vague. I don't want to spoil too much of the story.)

There's plenty of fanciness here in the illustrations. I loved looking at Nancy's outfits throughout the book. She's exquisitely fancy here, and at the top of her game.

This is a sweet family story for the holidays. I'd recommend it to fans of Fancy Nancy, of course... but also to those who are simply looking for sweet Christmas picture books. You don't need to be familiar with Nancy to enjoy this one.

Quotable moment:

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

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 4 out of 5

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