From the back of the book:
Nancy Clancy has everything she needs to be a super sleuth (that’s a fancy word for detective): She has a glamorous magnifying glass complete with rhinestones, a totally professional pink trench coat, and a sleuthing partner with awesome code-breaking skills — her best friend, Bree.
Now all she needs is a good mystery to solve. But when crime strikes right in the middle of her classroom, will Nancy have what it takes to crack the case?
Fancy Nancy is back! Only this time she’s the star of a chapter book! For ages 7-10 this is great step up for young readers who love Fancy Nancy but are looking for more challenging reads.
What I liked about the book: It’s Fancy Nancy. I LOVE Fancy Nancy. It’s a mystery. I love mysteries. It’ a great pre-cursor to introducing younger readers to the classic Nancy Drew mysteries. Just like in the popular Fancy Nancy picture books, Nancy continues to introduce readers to new vocabulary words. This is not only a fun but an educational read as well. Readers will have a chance at breaking a secret code and using their own detective skills to see if they can solve the mystery of the missing blue marble.
What I didn’t like about the book: I liked it all. However, if you are a fan of Robin Preiss Glasser’s beautiful illustrations, you should be warned that the illustrations take a back seat in this book. As a chapter book, the focus is more on the story, while in the picture books the story and the illustrations work together to create a wonderful book.
Recommended for 1st – 3rd Grade (or anyone who enjoys mysteries/kids books and would like a quick read.)
AR Level: Not an Accelerated Reader Book as of April 27, 2012
Mrs. Archer’s rating: 5 of 5! I will be ordering it for our school library.