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"I am Eloise/I am six." So begins the well-loved story of Eloise, the garrulous little girl who lives at New York's Plaza Hotel. Eyebrow raised defiantly, arm propped on one jutting hip, Eloise is a study in self-confidence. Eloise's personal mandate is "Getting bored is not allowed," so she fills her days to the brim with wild adventures and self-imposed responsibilities. An average Eloise afternoon includes braiding her pet turtle's ears, ordering "one roast-beef bone, one raisin and seven spoons" from room service, and devising innovative methods of torture for her guardians.
Eloise's exploits are non-stop, and--accordingly--the text uses nary a period. Kay Thompson perfectly captures the way children speak: in endless sentences elongated with "and then ... and then ... and then... " Hilary Knight's drawings illustrate Eloise's braggadocio and amusement as well as the bewilderment of harassed hotel guests. Eloise's taunts are terrible, her imagination inimitable, her pace positively perilous. Her impertinence will delight readers of all ages. (Ages 5 and older)
Bobby Short What a delight to find Kay and Hilary's precocious scamp on the loose again! I love Eloise!
Robert Wagner Long may Eloise "skibble" through life and remind us all how a little imagination can get us through the daily grind with a very big smile.
The (London) Telegraph Magazine Ooooooooo I just love Eloise. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
I had heard great things about this book so I ordered it for my six year old daughter. I was SO DISAPPOINTED in some of the language in the book. Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2012 by stylinpiggies
This is a very fun book. The story is imaginative and witty and the illustrations wonderfully whimsical. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2004
Eloise is so funny,
she is a free spirt, and very accurate. She's here, She's there, She's everywhere. Read more
I have always loved children's books and at seventeen, I am still quite a child myself. One of my dearest friends, whose name is Eloise and I swap children's books and so she... Read morePublished on April 21 2003 by Amanda
Eloise is a demanding character... she demands room service even as she demands your love. My mother read this first Eloise to me when I was 8, and I still love her at 18. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2002
The last time I was in NYC I walked past The Plaza Hotel and noticed a plaque proclaiming it a "literary landmark" as the home of Eloise. Therefore I had to read the book. Read morePublished on June 13 2002 by Gordon Reade
Loved the story! The illustrations and word placement on the pages kept my 8 eight year old reading. Will definitely buy more Eloise books.Published on April 30 2002 by K. Marzo
After reading the other reviews I was excited to buy this book for my 6-year-old daughter. Eloise is spoiled and rude and lives a life that most kids I know would not understand. Read morePublished on April 3 2002