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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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This is a sassy story about a will powered girl! This is a funny story to read to encourage hard work and ambition. THis should be used with caution though.
  harleybrenton | Mar 12, 2015 |
This was my favorite book as a child and I love it even more as a young adult. I like this book because there are so many fun things going on on each page (like the elevator map or the drawings of Eloise's imaginations). The writing in the book is interesting because it mimic's Eloise's busy personality. There is little punctuation so the reader is forced to read the page in one breath. This technique indicates how Eloise would talk and makes the story come alive. This book does not follow the normal formula for a plot, yet does not lose the reader's attention for a second. There is no explicit problem-resolution model. On the other hand, it is implied that Eloise is a hyperactive girl who feels trapped in her hotel with no other kids around and is just trying to find a way to stay busy. I like that this book deviates from the normal structure and is still successful. The message of this book is a bit ambiguous. Since it's geared more for adults, it may serve as a reminder of what it's like to be a young girl with a wild imagination. It could also work to make adults more thankful for their well-behaved children. ( )
  agaski3 | Mar 7, 2015 |
This is an endearing realistic fiction book about a little girl living a mischievous life in the Plaza Hotel with her nanny. Eloise has a wild imagination and likes to run around the hotel. She has a turtle for a pet and likes the color pink. The book is narrated by Eloise who describes what a day in her life looks like. ( )
  kvelin | Jan 25, 2015 |
Oh, man. This book is subtitled, "for Precocious Adults," which sums up the tone perfectly. A doesn't get the humor at all, but I was dying. As the parent of a *busy* little girl, it's hard not to find it hilarious. ( )
  fefferbooks | May 12, 2014 |
Eloise is a very well known book about a rather spoiled little girl who lives in the Plaza hotel in New York City. She causes a lot of trouble in her environment. Her Nanny is in charge of doing damage control. Eloise is a funny book, but I found it hard to read. I wonder if children are able to follow it very well. The author uses run-on sentences and jumps from one thought to another. I know she is showing how the little girl thinks and talks. I suspect adults may enjoy this book more than children. ( )
  aleader | Jan 20, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Kay Thompsonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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Do not combine "Eloise" with the book entitled "Eloise: The Absolutely Essential Edition". The latter is a modern printing with much additional content. Both of these works also are distinct from "The Ultimate Eloise", which is a compilation of four Eloise books.
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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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