Auf Wiedersehen, Good Night…
Although I suppose it really should be Au Revoir and not Auf Wiedersehen. If that’s not clue enough, our favorite fancy character is leaving us! Jane O’Connor, author of the Fancy Nancy series has recently announced that the latest installment will be the last.
In her farewell piece in the New York Times Jane O’Connor recounts fan letters she’s received and anecdotes from book signings, and it’s all so sweet it almost made me cry. Especially this one:
Kids write as if I’m a friend, one with whom they can be frank: “Don’t you think it would be cool if you made another book, not about Fancy Nancy but another girl, like Rockin Roxie or Preppy Patty? I think if you go with my idea you can make a lot of money.”
They confide in me. “Some days when I feel gloomy (that’s fancy for sad), I read one of your books and automatically it cheers me up,” one wrote. Another said: “One day I came home crying. A girl was picking on me because of my clothes. Then on Library Day I discovered the Fancy Nancy books. Because of those books … you helped me to be — well, me.
And this, my friend, is why books are important. Why we need these wonderful authors and why children’s literature should never be scoffed at or taken for granted.
We’ll miss you Nancy!