The first Fancy Nancy book was adorable. The sequels have been mixed, however, and none more so than the Early Reader series. Fancy Nancy’s vocabulary is a large part of the humor and charm of the little girl, but her big words can be hard for beginning readers. The latest in the series, Every Day is Earth Day, is possibly the most solid early reader. There are few complicated words that will trip up a new reader.
I can think of several parents who will be pleased at the plot of this book: Fancy Nancy becomes enthusiastic about being green, but her overboard efforts cause havoc until the family reaches a compromise. Even the hardiest tree-hugger adult cannot compare to an enthusiastic grade schooler, and I know a lot of parents who want to encourage their budding environmentalist without having to use the second hand on their stop watch while taking a cold shower in the dark. This book suggests a middle ground in which a family will work harder to “be green”, but also won’t sacrifice what they feel to be important, such as using a nightlight for a toddler who’s afraid of the dark.