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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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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 |
Eloise is a precocious little girl who lives in New York's famed plaza hotel. She spends her days playing make believe and exploring the hotel. She is silly, funny, and adventurous. The illustrations are simpler black white and red drawings that are ideal for lower vision. ( )
  Kasey.Merrick | Aug 31, 2015 |
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 |
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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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"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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