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Fancy Nancy
Author Jane O'Connor
Illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser
Country United States
Language English
Genre Picture book
Publisher HarperCollins
Publication date
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 32 pp
ISBN 0-06-054209-8
OCLC 57243365
[E] 22
LC Class PZ7.O222 Fa 2006
Followed by Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy 

Fancy Nancy is a 2005 children's picture book written by Jane O'Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. The book spent nearly 100 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, launching a series that now numbers upwards of 80 books, selling 43 million volumes. Fancy Nancy has been on Publishers Weekly's bestseller list for picture books, was a Children's Book-of-the-Month Club selection and a Junior Library Guild Selection. It also won a "Borders 2006 Original Voices" award and has been translated into 20 languages, including Hungarian and Hebrew. In April 2012, Nancy was featured in her first chapter book, Nancy Clancy: Super Sleuth. Books in the Fancy Nancy series have now spent 330 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, and in the fall of 2012, Fancy Nancy the Musical was produced by Vital Theatre Company in New York City.

Plot introduction

Fancy Nancy is a young girl with a larger than life personality, who adores all things fancy. She always dresses extravagantly, wearing boas, tutus, ruby slippers, fairy wings, and fuzzy slippers. Nancy loves using big fancy words such as "iridescent", "ecstatic", and "extraordinary" and anything in French. She has redecorated her bedroom with everyday items, such as feather boas, Christmas lights, paper flowers, and hats. Her favorite doll is named Marabelle Lavinia Chandelier.

Nancy captures hearts by nearly getting caught up in the glitter, but, in the end, always discovering what's truly important.

Teri Sforza

In Nancy's opinion, her family is ordinary and dresses rather plainly, so Nancy decides to hold a class in the art of fanciness for her family. They oblige, and Nancy helps to dress them in bows, ornaments, top hats, and gaudy scarves. "Ooo-la-la!" Nancy cries in delight. "My family is posh! That's a fancy word for fancy."

Jane O'Connor

Jane O'Connor is vice-president and editor-at-large for Penguin Books for Young Readers! She has written more than thirty children's books. Her first adult novel, Dangerous Admissions: Secrets of a Closet Sleuth came out in July 2007.

O'Connor came up with Fancy Nancy on a summer evening. As she describes it, "It was after dinner one evening that the title just came to me," she recalls. "I sat down and wrote the first and last paragraphs. The rest of the story took me awhile, but the beginning and the end just flew into my head." O'Connor is quick to point out that much of the book's success is Glasser's artwork. She wrote the book in 2002, but it did not come out until 2005, because her editor, Margaret Anastas, insisted on Glasser as the illustrator who was busy with other projects.

Robin Preiss Glasser

In 2013 Glasser was named 2013 Illustrator of the Year by the Children's Book Council for Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet after more than 1 million young people cast their votes in the 6th annual Children's Choice Book Awards.


In 2012, 20th Century Fox and 21 Laps Entertainment announced a live-action version of Fancy Nancy book series. Tina Fey and Shawn Levy are the production team.

In March 2015, Disney Junior announced that an animated television movie and TV series of Fancy Nancy were both in the works. The series premiered on July 13, 2018, with the animation company greenlighting a second season even before the show debuted. Disney Junior ordered a third season of the Emmy Award-nominated series ahead of its October 4, 2019, Season Two premiere.


In 2012, Fancy Nancy the Musical was produced Off-Broadway by Vital Theatre Company. The musical is mainly based on Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet, with book and lyrics by Susan DiLallo and music and lyrics by Danny Abosch. The Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording of Fancy Nancy the Musical was released in 2013.

In 2014, Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas was produced Off-Broadway. The musical, based on the book of the same title, has a book by Matthew Hardy and Cara Lustik, music by Randy Klein and lyrics by Matthew Hardy. The Original Off-Broadway cast album was released in 2015. The production was performed in New York City and on tour during 2015 and 2016.


Initially, O'Connor and Glasser signed a contract for two books with HarperCollins, but after the success of the first book, they later signed to do 13 additional Fancy Nancy titles across a variety of formats. Since then, they've collaborated on 80 titles.

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