School Library Journal reviews NANCY VOLUME ONE

SLJ Review - Nancy Volume One

School Library Journal    |    Douglas P. Davey    |    November 16, 2010

Gr 5 Up–Nancy and her pal Sluggo were popular characters in the mid-20th century, and this volume collects their escapades from the years 1957-1958. Designed by the critically acclaimed comics creator Seth, this full-color collection is beautifully packaged with a hardcover binding and heavy, tan-colored pages. These facts, along with certain elements of the content, make this book more likely to appeal to comics collectors and Nancy fans than to contemporary kids. Certainly her high jinks will still entertain, but, like many children’s classics, changing social mores and customs, such as the fact that much of the humor stems from Sluggo’s extreme poverty and resulting lack of education, mean that it will not have the same appeal it once did, and will leave some parents frowning. In the end, this is an elegant collection, lovingly assembled, that may find new fans but will more likely please the old ones.

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