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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Frenchy Dog Has His Day: Fancy Nancy: Puppy Party by Jane O'Connor


TOMORROW IS FRENCHY'S BIRTHDAY.

WE ARE HAVING A HUGE CELEBRATION. (THAT'S A FANCY WORD FOR PARTY
.)

Fancy Nancy Clancy is a gal for whom almost any occasion is an opportunity for celebration!

So when her dog Frenchy's natal anniversary rolls around, a can of Chow Hound Dog Food with a Milk Bone stuck on top for a candle won't do.

Nancy's mom, ever game, shapes canned dog food into three layers, frosts them with yogurt, and pops in rawhide chews for candles. Nancy sends her handmade invitations to Frenchy's canine (that's fancy for dog) friends--Bree and little Freddie's dog Rusty, Sam's Scamp, and her babysitter Alex and his beagle Buddy.

Frenchy gets beautified with a doggy bubble bath, a blow dry, and a thorough brushing and is the reluctant recipient of a doggy manicure, (fancy for a toenail trim).

Nancy's Frenchy is all set to be the hostess with the mostest, but after they sing "Happy Birthday," she can't resist lunging for her delicious-smelling birthday cake as soon as Mom appears at the door, struggling to keep it upright.

Down come the three layers, and all the guest dogs dive in to help Frenchy divvy up her birthday treat the way dogs do it.

IT'S TOTAL PANDEMONIUM! (THAT MEANS ALL THE DOGS GO WILD).

With her usual elan', Nancy wades in to save the party with a sign that advertises NANCY'S DOG GROOMING CENTER! FREE! FREE! FREE! Mom mops up while Dad hoses down the dogs and Mrs. DeVine, Nancy, and Bree give them all glamour shampoos and combouts as party favors, in Jane O'Connor's inexpensive little paperback, Fancy Nancy: Puppy Party (Harper Festival, 2013), with internal illustrations by Carolyn Bracken. As in most of her adventures, Nancy takes life's lemons and turns them into lively lemonade for all.  For more giggle-provoking canine corralling, pair this one with the similarly themed OLIVIA and the Dog Wash (Olivia TV Tie-in) for plenty of tail-wagging fun.

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