When I first saw the Fancy Nancy merchandise I was not impressed - too much stuff! But then I actually read the books, and they won my heart. Far from being materialistic, Nancy is a creative kid who fashions "fancification" from everyday objects, is curious and thoughtful, and loves new ideas and new words. All in all, a great role model for my princess-obsessed daughter (who now looooooves Nancy). We will never move to a palace, but we did decorate her room "Fancy Nancy style" with garlands of tinsel from our tree and the bows that came on our Christmas presents!