Do you know Fancy Nancy? Well, if you are a girl from 4 to 6 years old, you surely know who she is. Nancy, the creative brilliance of author Jane O’Connor, is a young woman who loves all things elegant. The original storybook for the series, appropriately titled “Fancy Nancy,” tells the story of Nancy, a tiny girl with curly auburn hair who loves to speak in fancy French words, dress in fancy clothes, and loves just about anything else. thing that’s fancy Even Nancy’s favorite doll is tres fancy: Her doll‘s name, Marabelle, is short for Marabelle Lavinia Chandelier. Unfortunately, the rest of Nancy’s family is very simple. Nancy even goes so far as to lecture her family on the differences between simple and elegant. Glasses… simple, sunglasses… elegant! Nancy’s signature clothing is a cow-print leotard paired with a poodle skirt, fairy wings, cat-eye sunglasses, leg warmers, ballet shoes, and a tiara. The unique and whimsical illustrations, by Robin Preiss Glasser, add to the charming nature of these books.

In later picture books in the Fancy Nancy series, including “Bonjour Butterfly,” “Posh Puppy,” and “Explorer Extraordinaire,” you meet Nancy’s dog, Frenchy, and her best friend, Bree.

Jane O’Connor’s inspiration for all of her books, including the Fancy Nancy series, comes from her own life experiences or those of her family. Every Sunday afternoon when Jane was about 4 or 5 years old, her grandmother and her great-aunts would come to visit Jane and her family. “As soon as I’d hear the doorbell,” says Jane, “I’d run to my room, put on my pink tutu, wrap myself in a red satin cape, and go out to greet my guests in a pair of my mother’s shoes.” “. high heels. She wasn’t a girly girl, but I felt it was important to look fancy for the company.” O’Connor was Fancy Jane long before she wrote Fancy Nancy.

What does being elegant mean to Nancy? It means frilly toothpicks on sandwiches, eating with your pinky fingers up, lace-trimmed socks while she plays soccer, and DIY awnings over her bed.

Jane O’Connor’s Fancy Nancy Hysteria has become an ever-growing series of picture books, I can read books, as well as Fancy Nancy gifts and merchandise such as dolls, doll clothes, puzzles, games, party supplies birthday cakes, bedroom accessories and of course Fancy Nancy dress up clothes for girls. You can find a Fancy Nancy gift for all occasions.

Take a look at our Fancy Nancy Trivia to see how much you know about this remarkable girl:

A. What word is written on the pillow resting on Nancy’s bed?

B. What is Nancy’s favorite color?

C. What is the name of the restaurant where Nancy and her family go out to eat?

D. What is the name of Nancy’s best friend?

E. What is the full name of the Nancy doll? (hint: we mentioned it earlier)

F. Who are Nancy’s next-door neighbors (on each side of her house)?

G. What does Nancy think she will be when she grows up?

H. What is the name of Mrs. DeVine’s dog?

I. What breed is Nancy’s dog?

J. What is the name of Nancy’s teacher?

K. What is Nancy’s middle name?

L. What is Nancy’s last name?

M. What is the name of Nancy’s dog?

N. What do you use to hold up your bed canopy?

O. What is the name of Fancy Nancy’s sister?

Q. What was Mrs. DeVine’s profession?

Q. What breed is Mrs. DeVine’s dog?

A. What city did Ms. DeVine live in when she was a child?

S. What is the name of Nancy’s babysitter?

Answers: A: Sublime; B: fuchsia; C: The Crown of the King; D: Bree; E: Lavinia Marabelle Spider; F: Bree (her best friend of hers) and Mrs. DeVine; G: A Lepidoptera specialist (that’s a fancy word for a scientist who studies butterflies); H: jewel; I: La Salle spaniel; J: Mrs. Glass; K: She doesn’t have a middle name; L: Clancy (yes… that makes her Fancy Nancy Clancy!); M: French; N: A broom and a mop; O.JoJo; Q. Aesthetics professional (he worked in a hairdresser’s); P: Papillon; right: hollywood; yes alex

O’Connor quotes taken from his interview with National Public Radio

minifee doll by [Dollshy]