#ThrowbackThursday: Fancy Nancy, Halloween… or Bust! Review


Fancy Nancy: Halloween… or Bust! will definitely be a treat for young readers on Halloween.

In Fancy Nancy: Halloween… or Bust! Fancy Nancy prepares for a Halloween party. Of course, her costume must be fancy! After trying on several costumes, Nancy decides to go to a Halloween party as a grape. Fancy Nancy runs into trouble, however, when the purple balloons on her costume start popping.

Even though many picture books take the main character and throw together a holiday book, I think this book definitely stands out among the rest. Nancy’s fashion sense fits perfectly in with the plot of the book–finding the most fabulous Halloween costume. Even though the book isn’t written by Fancy Nancy’s creator, the book appears consistent with the other Fancy Nancy books.

One of my favorite aspects of the Fancy Nancy series is Nancy’s colorful language. She always sneaks in synonym within her speech. I think this is a great way to expose young readers to more advanced vocabulary in a fun way, but also give Nancy an interesting and unique personality.

Another aspect of this book that I really enjoyed was the sticker activity in the end that involved the reader in the story. Even though my used copy already had the last page filled out, I think readers will love dressing up one of their favorite children’s book characters in an amazing costume.

Fancy Nancy is a solid Halloween book for young readers. With a fun main character and additional sticker activity, I give this book four out of five stars.


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