Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth, Hardback

Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth Hardback

Illustrated by Robin Preiss-Glasser

Part of the Nancy Clancy series

3.5 out of 5 (9 ratings)


Kids who grew up with Jane O'Connor's Fancy Nancy picture books can spend some quality time with their BFF because Nancy Clancy is now starring in her own chapter books!

Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth is the first in a series of delightful middle-grade mysteries.

Sassy Fancy Nancy is now a detective. Told in the third-person narrative, when one of Nancy's classmate's most special possessions disappears from school, it's up to her to save the day.

With the help of her friend Bree, she follows the clues to an unexpected source.

Fans of Nancy Drew's Clue Crew will be happy to see a new Nancy join the ranks of super sleuths.

Robin Preiss Glasser illustrates Nancy's story with liveliness, wit, and fanciness. Supports the Common Core State Standards


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 128 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Family
  • ISBN: 9780062082930



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I've only been peripherally aware of the whole Fancy Nancy craze (you can't help but be in a bookstore that has a children's section)--I don't have children or friends with children of the target age for those books. But when I heard that there was a new series starting with a slightly older Nancy, I decided to give it a try.In "Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth", the very precocious Nancy and her good friend Bree are very, very much inspired by the updated Nancy Drew series, and have turned their clubhouse into a detective agency. Through great diligence, they uncover crime here, there and everywhere. It's plenty of fun, but what I most appreciated about the book is it's continued effort to increase vocabulary. I have a feeling this series will be just as beloved as the first.

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I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of Nancy Clancy: Super Sleuth Book One, which I finished in about thirty minutes. It was a swift read, where Jane O’ Connor leads me into the world of Fancy Nancy’s adventures as an aspiring detective. I admit, I am not much of a children’s book read anymore. I remember loving the Junie B. Jones series as a child and Nancy echoed some of Junie’s quirks, in the best possible way. Fancy Nancy has her brand of brimming curiosity and vigor, trailing her wherever she goes. Fancy Nancy is fun. She loves her flashy pink trenchcoat, reading Nancy Drew, and conjuring up secret codes with her best friend. She reminds me of my own childhood, in love with secret codes and passing notes (I learned sign language from a picture book in third grade because it was the fad…in third grade. Who likes to be left out if your friends are talking about you?) Connor brings out Nancy’s charms flawlessly.While Connor weaves in the two mysteries seamlessly, the story ends up jumbled together. The denouement read like a race to the finish. The ending was not as predictable as I thought which was a definite plus. Perhaps its because I haven’t read a Fancy Nancy book before that I was still a stranger to the supporting characters: Bree, the twins, her younger sister. I had no idea who the twins were to Nancy; were they friends or just neighbors? What are they doing in her room? Why is she in their yard? The book was well paced and raises good moral messages: tell the truth (it will make people less furious with you when you break their stuff) and don’t jump into conclusions and blame your peers. Overall, a pleasant read though not quite memorable. I can imagine the eight year old me, devouring and befriending the fun, quirky Fancy Nancy in no time.

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This was a fun addition to the Fancy Nancy picture books. Nancy is 10 and a fan of Nancy Drew. She and her friend Bree decide to solve the mystery of the stolen blue marble.

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This very girly detective, Nancy Clancy, with her best friend, Bree, are partners in crime. they take every opportunity to do their detective work. Great starter chapter book for children; filled with intrigue, crime scenes, suspects, and confessions. Good lessons are taught about getting to the bottom of things before jumping to conclusions.

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Nancy and her best friend Bree are all set to solve mysteries -- they have fabulous trench coats, a base of operations, and they've been studying the Nancy Drew series for inspiration. They are soon faced with not one, but two mysteries: a neighborhood friend is behaving in a peculiar manner, and an item goes missing at school. Can Nancy and Bree solve the mysteries like real detectives?This is shaping up to be a cute early chapter book series. Nancy, though precocious as ever, manages to be less annoying than some of her literary counterparts (Junie B. Jones, I'm looking at you), and though older readers will easily solve the mysteries, the target audience of the series will have a great time discovering clues along with Nancy.I listened to the audiobook, and my only quibble with it was the handling of Nancy and Bree's "secret code:" the key to the code is included in the book, and in the audiobook the entire key is read aloud where it appears in the book. "A equals C, B equals D, C equals E . . ." does not make for scintillating listening, and it doesn't make sense to include it in an audiobook. Other than that, I thought the audiobook narration was well done.

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