From Merrimon Book Reviews
Fancy Nancy: Poet Extraordinaire!
by Jane O'Connor
Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
Fancy Nancy has a class assignment. First, she
surveys family and friends to find out their favorite poem, and then,
she and her classmates must write poems. What could be more
delightfully fancy than poetry? With her fancy toga outfit, fancy
writing paraphernalia and even a poetry palace club, Nancy is all set
to become a poet extraordinaire! Fancy Nancy explores all the
aspects of poetry from inspiration to the writer's block she
faces. Will Fancy Nancy find the inspiration she needs?
FANCY NANCY POET EXTRAORDINAIRE! makes poetry and its vocabulary not
only accessible but downright fun. Jane O'Connor uses examples of
rhyming poems and non-rhyming poems, nursery rhymes, limericks,
greeting card poems, lyrics and odes to illustrate the variety of
poetry. Even words like anonymous, inspiration, lyrical and
anthology become meaningful from the situations created and the
accompanying illustrations. Robin Preiss Glasser's illustrations
are delightful! Jane O'Connor includes poems about everyday
events and items such as eating pizza and even underwear that give the
book a sense of humor that demystifies the world of poetry and the
hesitation some might feel towards poetry.
FANCY NANCY POET EXTRAORDINAIRE! is a pure delight for children and
even for parents to share with children by reading aloud. Sparkly
glitter on the dust jacket creates a festive atmosphere alongside the
Roman costumes worn by Fancy Nancy and company. A
short anthology of 6 of Fancy Nancy's favorite poems is included. FANCY
NANCY POET EXTRAORDINAIRE! includes several activities for children
that can be done at home with the family or in the classroom.
Best of all, while showing the fancy, fanciful world of poetry, Jane
O'Connor also makes poetry real and approachable. FANCY
NANCY POET EXTRAORDINAIRE! will appeal to a wide variety of children,
but if by chance, you are a parent who is an English teacher or an
author, this book is a must to share with your children!
Reviewed by Merrimon,
Merrimon Book Reviews