Fancy Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion Boutique Hardcover – Illustrated, 12 October 2010
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Welcome to Fancy Nancy's Fabulous Fashion Boutique! Here you can find the fanciest almost-new outfits, accessories, jewelry, and lots more. There's even a necklace with real rhinestones for sale. Ooh la la!
The fashion boutique is a huge success, but it's also Nancy's little sister's birthday. And when it starts to rain, her birthday party might be ruined! Nancy knows she has to come up with an idea--a brilliant one--and fast.
In this très chic story from bestselling duo Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, Nancy shows once again that sometimes all you need is a little improvising to turn a fiasco into something fancy.
About the Author
Jane O'Connor is an editor at a major publishing house who has written more than seventy books for children, including the New York Times bestselling Fancy Nancy series. She resides (that's fancy for lives) with her family in New York City.
Robin Preiss Glasser actually wore tiaras and tutus when she danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet. Now she happily spends her days in jeans, drawing. She has illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including the bestselling Fancy Nancy series. She won the Children's Choice Award for Best Illustrator of the Year for Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet. Robin and her family live in Southern California.
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Of course, there's nothing wrong with the story which centers on Nancy's sister's birthday. Nancy uses nearly all her money to buy her sister a present and then opens a yard sale style boutique to raise money to buy herself something. It goes awry when her sister wants as her birthday present a necklace Nancy sells. Being a good sister, Nancy gets the necklace back and gives it as a present, as well as saves the day when rain threatens to spoil the party.
In the end, however, this story is just a bit flat. The artwork is still fantastic and it's pleasant enough, but it seems to lack the energy and nice, subtle moral of the other books. (In fact, I'm not sure I like the fact that Nancy ends up with her desire at the end.) Other than the big reveal of Nancy's sister's name--which I won't give away here--there's not a lot that's as memorable as Nancy's slip at the ice cream parlor, Jewel "gak"ing in Nancy's dress, or the butterfly garden in the other books.
Still, time will tell. Maybe the story will grow on my daughter and me, as some of the other books have done. I'm certainly happy to have it on the shelf.