|Illustrator||Robin Preiss Glasser|
|Media type||Print (hardcover)|
|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 more than 60 books, selling 28 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.
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.
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 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 didn't 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.
Fancy Nancy has spawned a line of toys and games focusing on dress-up and role play targeted towards preschoolers and children aged 5 to 7. In addition, the Fancy Nancy brand includes licenses for clothing, paper party goods, crafts, and more. Numerous bookstores and libraries around the United States have hosted events including readings by both Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, costume contests, “Fancy Nancy” days and tea parties.
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 show was very well-received and is currently running in New York City and on tour. The Original Off-Broadway Cast Recording of Fancy Nancy the Musical was released on Ghostlight Records in 2013.
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  and continue to add titles:
- Fancy Nancy (2005)
- Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy (2007)
- Fancy Nancy Loves! Loves!! Loves!!! (2007)
- Fancy Nancy and the Boy from Paris (I Can Read Book 1) (2008)
- Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly (2008)
- Fancy Nancy Sees Stars (I Can Read Book 1) (2008)
- Fancy Nancy: Let's Get Fancy Together! (2008)
- Fancy Nancy's Fashion Parade! (2008)
- Fancy Nancy's Favorite Fancy Words: From Accessories to Zany (2008)
- Fancy Nancy at the Museum (I Can Read Book 1) (2008)
- Fancy Nancy: Poison Ivy Expert (I Can Read Book 1) (2009)
- Fancy Nancy: Explorer Extraordinaire! (2009)
- Fancy Nancy: Pajama Day (I Can Read Book 1) (2009)
- Fancy Nancy: The Show Must Go On (I Can Read Book 1) (2009)
- Fancy Nancy: The Dazzling Book Report (I Can Read Book 1) (2009)
- Fancy Nancy: The 100th Day of School (I Can Read Book 1) (2009)
- Fancy Nancy: Tea Parties (2009)
- Fancy Nancy: Halloween...or Bust! (2009)
- Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas (2009)
- Fancy Nancy's Perfectly Posh Paper Doll Book (2009)
- Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart (2010)
- Fancy Nancy's Elegant Easter (2010)
- Fancy Nancy: Every Day is Earth Day (I Can Read Book 1) (2010)
- Fancy Nancy: Poet Extraordinaire! (2010)
- Fancy Nancy and the Sensational Babysitter (2010)
- Fancy Nancy and the Late, Late, LATE Night (2010)
- Fancy Nancy: Spectacular Spectacles (I Can Read Book 1) (2010)
- Fancy Nancy's Gloriously Gigantic Sticker-tivity Book (2010)
- Fancy Nancy: Ooh La La! It's Beauty Day (2010)
- Fancy Nancy and the Delectable Cupcakes (I Can Read Book 1) (2010)
- Fancy Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion Boutique (2010)
- Fancy Nancy: My Family History (I Can Read Book 1) (2010)
- Fancy Nancy: Splendid Speller (I Can Read Book 1) (2011)
- Fancy Nancy: Fashionista: A Coloring and Activity Book (2011)
- Fancy Nancy: Aspiring Artist (2011)
- Fancy Nancy's Marvelous Mother's Day Brunch (2011)
- Fancy Nancy: Stellar Stargazer! (2011)
- Fancy Nancy and the Mean Girl (I Can Read Book 1) (2011)
- Fancy Nancy: Express Yourself!: A Doodle and Draw Book (2011)
- Fancy Nancy's Haunted Mansion: A Reusable Sticker Book for Halloween (2011)
- Fancy Nancy: Our Thanksgiving Banquet (2011)
- Fancy Nancy: Hair Dos and Hair Don'ts (I Can Read Book 1) (2011)
- Fancy Nancy and the Too Loose Tooth (I Can Read Book 1) (2012)
- Fancy Nancy: Girl on the Go: A Doodle and Draw Book (2012)
- Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet (2012)
- Fancy Nancy: Tea for Two (2012)
- Nancy Clancy: Super Sleuth (2012)
- Fancy Nancy: Fancy Day in Room 1-A (2012)
- Fancy Nancy: JoJo's First Day Jitters (2012)
- Fancy Nancy: There's No Day Like a Snow Day (2012)
- Fancy Nancy: Too Many Tutus (I Can Read Book 1) (2012)
- Nancy Clancy: Secret Admirer (2013)
- Fancy Nancy: Fanciest Doll in the Universe (2013)
- Fancy Nancy: Puppy Party (2013)
- Fancy Nancy: Apples Galore! (I Can Read Book 1) (2013)
- Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy Sees the Future (2013)
- Fancy Nancy: Fanciest Doll in the Universe (2013)
- Fancy Nancy: Just My Luck! (2013)
- Fancy Nancy: Budding Ballerina (2013)
- Fancy Nancy and the Wedding of the Century (2014)
- Fancy Nancy: Sand Castles and Sand Palaces (2014)
- Nancy Clancy, Secret of the Silver Key (2014)
- Fancy Nancy's Fabulous Fall Storybook Collection (2014)
- Fancy Nancy and the Fall Folliage (2014)
- Fancy Nancy: Peanut Butter and Jellyfish (I Can Read Book 1) (2015)
- Fancy Nancy 10th Anniversary Edition (2015)
- Nancy Clancy, Star of Stage and Screen (2015)
- Fancy Nancy: Spring Fashion Fling (2015)
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- Lodge, Sally (January 31, 2007). "From Sparkles to Sales, Nancy Is Fancy Indeed". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
- "Fancy Nancy Dress Up". iTunes.
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- "Fancy Nancy Ballet School". iTunes.