Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy (Fancy Nancy)

by Jane O'Connor (Author) Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Fancy Nancy


When Nancy decides to get a dog, she is certain that with the right dog, she can be fancier than ever. After all, a small, delicate, fluffy dog is the ultimate accessory for a fancy girl. But her family has other ideas. They want a large, plain dog. How unglamorous!

But Nancy soon learns that there's nothing fancier than the unconditional love of a canine companion.

Perfect for fans of the Eloise and Olivia books. From the dazzling New York Times bestselling duo Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser!

Ooh la la! Fancy Nancy is starring in her own fabulous TV show on Disney Junior. READ THE BOOKS THAT STARTED IT ALL!

Fancy Nancy

Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy

Fancy Nancy: Bonjour, Butterfly

Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas

Fancy Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion Boutique

Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet

Fancy Nancy: Fanciest Doll in the Universe

Fancy Nancy and the Wedding of the Century

Fancy Nancy 10th Anniversary Edition

Fancy Nancy: Saturday Night Sleepover

Fancy Nancy: Oodles of Kittens

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Publishers Weekly

Starred Review
Fancy Nancy fans will loudly cheer her return and will be happy to discover that she has not lost a lick of her joie de vivreor her glitter and glam. "I am ecstatic. (That's a fancy word for happy)," she announces, explaining that her family is getting a puppy, "a real one," she adds, as Glasser creates a comical scene of Nancy drafting her sister into the role of pretend-pooch (drawing on a noise with indelible marker). Nancy initially hopes for a dog like Jewel, the papillon that belongs to her elegant neighbor. But Nancy's practical parents think this breed is too small and delicate, and instead suggest hardier dogs; "I shake my head. Too big. Too brown. Too plain. Sometimes it's hard being the only fancy person in the family." Yet when she dog-sits for Jewel, she discovers that the prim and proper pooch does not enjoy romping or fetching like Nancy's friends' dogs. She realizes that Jewel's breed is not the perfect kind for her family. Her parents' idea to visit an animal shelter, however, brings about the perfect solution. Nancy spies spirited and smart Frenchy ("a La Salle spaniel," according to her father), who turns out to be just what the family needs. Glasser's fittingly fancy flourishes and abundant humor once again capture this young heroine's exuberant personality and delightfully exaggerated facial expressions. Author and artist make a sparkling encore performance. Ages 4-7. "(Apr.)" Copyright 2007 Publishers Weekly Used with permission.

School Library Journal

PreS-KNancy, the spirited preschooler with a distinctive sense of style, wants a pet. The posh puppy she has her eye on is a papillon, just like the one that belongs to her neighbor, Mrs. DeVine. Her parents try unsuccessfully to persuade her to consider a sturdier breed. Then she puppysits for the pooch and discovers that this delicate little creature isn't very well suited for a family pet. Fortunately, a trip to the local animal shelter proves just the thing, where Nancy finds the aptly named Frenchy, a lovable, medium-sized, curly-haired dog. Glasser's bright, energetic illustrations perfectly convey the child's lively personality and panache. Nancy's expressive gestures and poses will be readily understood by children and recognized by sympathetic adults. The entertaining story and exuberant illustrations combine for a book with loads of child appeal."Robin L. Gibson, Granville Parent Cooperative Preschool, OH" Copyright 2008 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
March 20, 2007
Fancy Nancy
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002190 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Pets
JUV002070 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
Library of Congress categories
Family life
Papillon dog
Fancy Nancy (Fictitious character)
Book Sense Book of the Year Award
Honor Book 2008 - 2008
Colorado Children's Book Award
Nominee 2009 - 2009

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