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Eloise Hardcover – Apr 30 1969
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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)
"Eloise is a model for uppity women."
-- Nina Totenberg (rawther important radio lady)
"Ooooooo....I just love Eloise! Thank you, Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight. You're the bestest!"
-- Judy Blume (lovely author)
"My first happy response to Eloise was entirely due to the brilliant, iconic images. That brazen, loose-limbed, deliciosly little girl monster is Hilary Knight at his best."
-- Maurice Sendak (enormously famous artist)
"Thanks to Eloise, my daughter sought independence and mastery over her life. We loved reading this book, and we've never given it away."
-- Susan Sarandon (rawther grande actress)
"Eloise is one of the more delightfully fiendish literary heroines of our time."
-- Edward I. Koch (former NYC mayor!!!)
"Eloise, Kay, and Hilary have been in my life always. And her pug puppy is in my heart. What memories!"
-- Lena Horne (movie star)
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she is a free spirt, and very accurate. She's here, She's there, She's everywhere. Recently, they made Eloise at the Plaza,(Rated 5 stars) And she's great.
Though I'm 10, and the age group is 6 and over, I LOVE IT. I have that and Eloise in Paris, and Eloise in Moscow (First Prinitng)
If you read this, you'll always be glad you did...
By: Kay Thompson
Illustrated By: Hilary Knight
I read Eloise by Kay Thompson, illustrated by Hilary Knight. Eloise is a story for anyone who has lost their inner child in them and can't find it. Search no longer, Eloise is the perfect book for any age between young children and "precocious grown ups." I awarded Eloise four out of five stars because it was funny, impertinent, but also bratty.
As the story goes, Eloise is a six year-old girl living in The Plaza Hotel located in an urban city, and is very proud of it. Eloise takes advantage that The Plaza Hotel is an expensive, cushy, and is in an in an adult atmosphere. Most people staying at the Plaza are older men and woman with the exception of course, Miss Eloise. In the way she acts, Eloise is six going on seventeen, but as for true maturity, she is still a six year-old girl at heart. Eloise is a nuisance, spoiled, and just a bray in general. She lives on the top floor of the Plaza. The quickest way to get there is by taking the elevator. But of course, Eloise can't simply ride the elevator like a well-mannered, civilized person. Oh no. Miss Eloise rides the elevator as if it were an attraction at Disneyland that you ride over, and over, and over. Some other things that Eloise does are ordering strange meals from room service (a single raisin, for example) and bosses around Nanny, her nurse.
Eloise was funny because it brought out the kid in me. It reminded me of the familiar desire to want to act three times your age, the desire to want to be an independent person, and the wish of having all the toys in the whole, wide world. You could hear the voice of a young girl shining through the writing. Ms.Read more ›
Eloise could be the poster child for ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). She has no contact with other children and does not attend school. She spends no time with her parents and is being razed by servents. We never once see her playing out side.
Huck Finn rebelled agents the absurdity of adult society and cruelty in general. Eloise embraces them! She lives on the top floor of The Plaze and her mother knows the owner. This gives her licensee to lord it over all around her. She calls room service and orders "two rasins and one strawberry leaf" and says "charge it." A child who has discovered she has the power to make adults look and act silly. Her tutor is a student who attends Andover and she insults and torments him because she considers him a bore. She knows she can get away with it because "My mother knows the dean!" This is a kid who really knows how things "work"!
But Eloise's privilage is her undoing. She has freedom most children can only dream about but her use of it is almost always self-distructive. She transcends normal childhood self-centeredness to become a bully.
Eloise always gets her way and is waited on hand and foot. I think that must be what appeals to the reader. It is not Eloise so much as her life style they find attractive.
Most recent customer reviews
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
Eloise is a six-year-old girl that lives with her nanny in The Plaza Hotel, New York. In the book Eloise tells the reader all about herself, such as her daily activities, her room... Read morePublished on April 3 2002 by Megan Allyn
How can I review this? Eloise was an integral part of my childhood, and I'm just happy she's back in print so I can give her to all my friend's children. Read morePublished on Dec 29 2001 by cathony
Eloise is a 6 year old who lives in the Plaza Hotel in New York with her Nanny, turtle (Skiperdee), and her dog who looks like a cat (Weenie). Read morePublished on Dec 2 2001 by Erika Sorocco
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