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Review: Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth

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Title: Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth

sable_245 Author: Jane O'Connor

Themes: Determination, Excellent Read-Aloud, Mystery, Family Life, Girl Power, Extraordinary Language

Published: 2012, 128 pages

'Sweet' book summary:
Reviewer: Melissa Y.

Nancy is back, this time in early chapter book form. Fancy Nancy is a well-known picture book character that dazzles little girls with all her fanciness. But the author, Jane O'Connor, makes sure it is not all about glittery pink things.

In fact, the fanciest thing about Nancy is her vocabulary. Be prepared for your young reader to start using words like "acquaintance," "superb," "mistaken" and many more.


Nancy Clancy has all the tools to be a super sleuth -- that's a fancy word for detective -- so she and her best friend, Bree, set out to solve some mysteries, only they can't seem to find any. Then, suddenly, two conundrums pop up and Sleuth Headquarters is very busy. Firstly, can Nancy and Bree figure out the "Secret of the Twins"? After listening to their twin neighbors, the girls realize that the twins are keeping a secret from Nancy -- but what could it be? Then, at the same time, their teacher's marble goes missing. The "Case of the Missing Marble" is an even bigger mystery. Will the super sleuths be able to figure it all out?

With a healthy amount of humor, mystery, and Nancy Drew references, young readers (and parents!) will be very satisfied with Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth. Nancy is also a nice, strong, female role model for little girls. She is a good daughter and friend. Little girls will learn a little bit about friendship and doing the right thing while enjoying a suspenseful mystery.

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What You Need to Know:
  • Fancy Nancy is growing up with her readers. In Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth, Fancy Nancy fans are introduced to a longer, more involved story about Nancy Clancy.
  • Fancy Nancy fans are treated to an age-appropriate mystery that is just as bejeweled as her picture books.
  • This is the first book in a planned series.
  • This move to chapter books could be construed as a marketing ploy, but the story will not disappoint you or your young reader.
If you liked this book, try:
  • Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up by Melissa Thomson
  • Cam Jansen by David A. Adler
  • Daisy Dawson is on Her Way by Steve Voake
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