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Eloise by Kay Thompson

Eloise (1955)

by Kay Thompson

Other authors: Hilary Knight (Illustrator), Hilary Knight (Illustrator)

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Series: Eloise (1)

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Mixed feelings about this, and no idea when I read it. It's sad, and it's funny. Eloise is a brat, and she's resourceful and strong. It does help to know that it was originally not a children's book. (Read Kathryn's review for more info. and join us in the Children's Books group to discuss.) ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
My daughter and I loved these books, especially when we got to visit the Plaza in New York City. ( )
  Connie-D | Jan 17, 2016 |
I love this book mostly because of the main characters silly and mischievous actions. For entertainment Eloise will ride the elevator to “the 5th floor and as soon as the elevator is out of sight I skibble up those stairs to the 8th floor and then press that button and when that same elevator comes up and as soon as that door is open I get in and say “15th floor please””, she does this over and over again, running up and down the stairs and getting back onto the elevator until she is back to the lobby. Eloise describes her day as being “rawther full”, she likes to “look in the mirror for a while”, “roam around the halls” and “scurry down to the 10th floor to adjust those thermostats in case anyone needs it”. It is hilarious to read about all the adventures Eloise goes on, like hiding to “see what those Hotel Officers are up to” or “going down to the Switchboard Operators in case there are any D As and there has to be some sort of message taken.”
I also love this book because of the comical illustrations. Each illustration is detailed and enhances the story. Two full pages are used to illustrate Eloise’s actions of going up and down and in and out of the elevator and stairs.This allows for the reader to follow Eloise's crazy path throughout the hotel. On another page the illustrations show Eloise walking her pet turtle. The text on this page only says “The Plaza is the only hotel in New York that will allow you to have a turtle”, so the illustration is what creates most of the humor. Page 34 provides another example of the illustrations enhancing the text this way; the text explains that Eloise knows how to write and the illustration shows her writing her name on the wall. Without the humorous illustrations the book would not show how crazy Eloise is.
I think that main idea for this book is to entertain the reader and explain a different way of living. Not many children live in a hotel and the entire book is full of silly things that Eloise does in the hotel that she lives in. Readers are definitely entertained and learn what it is like to be a kid and live in a hotel. ( )
  kmurph30 | Oct 26, 2015 |
In my opinion, this is just an okay book. I feel like the writing style made the length too long for a picture book, however the illustrations hold the same tone of voice that the writing does, and Eloise, the main character, is very believable. The writing style for this book, while descriptive, is overly descriptive and skips around a lot. On one page of the book, Eloise is riding the elevator all over the place, and on the next she is talking about her pets. There seems to be no real consistent plot to this book, other than her talking about her life at the hotel. On the other hand, the illustrations really enhance the story and have the same comedy element the story does. In the same page I was writing about earlier with the elevator, the illustration for it is outstanding. It is actually two pages that fold out and show the whole adventure that was writing out the page before. Lastly, Eloise is a young child, and she acts like one. When she needs to study and be with her tutor, she tries to get out of it and when she can't, she makes her tutor's day rough. The big idea behind this book, the only one I can see, is that kids will be kids, but they can also be considerate. ( )
  taylorsmith11 | Sep 13, 2015 |
Eloise is a young, precocious girl who lives in the Plaza hotel under the care of her nanny. Every day, she spends her time exploring the hotel and all the wonders it holds. She is curious, funny, silly, and lovable.

Characters: Eloise, Nanny, Hotel employees
Setting: The Plaza Hotel
Theme: Curiosity

Possible post-reading discussions include:
curiousity; imagination; independence; maturity; and social interactions.
  kimberlyfox | Sep 8, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Kay Thompsonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Knight, HilaryIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Knight, HilaryIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Höök, MarianneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kalka, ThomasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Menard, Jean-FrancoisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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)

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Eloise is a little girl who lives at The Plaza Hotel in New York. She is not yet pretty but she is already a Person. Henry James would want to study her. Queen Victoria would recognize her as an Equal. The New York Jets would want to have her on their side. Lewis Carroll would love her (once he got over the initial shock). She knows everything about The Plaza. She is interested in people when they are not boring. She has Inner Resources. If you take her home with you, you will always be glad you did.… (more)

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