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Eloise: The Absolutely Essential 50th Anniversary Edition Hardcover – October 25, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; 50 Anv edition (October 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416908234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416908234
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 7.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kay Thompson (1909-1998) was a singer, dancer, vocal arranger, and coach of many MGM musicals in the 1940s.

The Eloise character grew out of the voice of a precocious six-year-old that Miss Thompson put on to amuse her friends. Collaborating with Hilary Knight on what was an immediate bestseller, Kay Thompson became a literary sensation when Eloise was published in 1955. The book has sold more than two million copies to date. Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight created four more Eloise books, Eloise in Paris, Eloise at Christmas, Eloise in Moscow, and Eloise Takes a Bawth.

Hilary Knight, son of artist-writers Clayton Knight and Katharine Sturges, was educated at the Art Students League, where he studied with Reginald Marsh. Besides the Eloise books, Hilary Knight has illustrated more than fifty books for children, six of which he wrote himself.

He lives and works in New York City, not far from The Plaza Hotel.


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Customer Reviews

It was my favorite book as a kid in the 70's and is still one today.
K. Ashley Hunnicutt
Looked for redeeming qualities but other than anniversary nostalgia there didn't seem to be any.
savvyshopper
I loved the original Eloise and was so happy to be able to share it with my granddaughter.
R. Mittleman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By CMD on August 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book for my granddaughter, and almost couldn't give it to her because I wanted to keep it for myself! It has the traditional Eloise stories, which are great, but the real jewel here is the back section of the book. In this section you'll find photos of many of the Eloise products through the years, and a lovely history of the little girl and how she grew to be America's most precocious, most lovable six year old.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Mittleman on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I loved the original Eloise and was so happy to be able to share it with my granddaughter. She also loves Eloise. It's nice to pass good reading experiences on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gustavo Coutinho on May 1, 2009
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This is a very very nice edition of the original Eloise book. My 5 yr old loves it. I feel like it's a pleasure to hold a beautiful book and read it to my little girl several times a week. I would recommend this ed over the one with three books in one specifically for that reason. It is very difficult to have to hold such an ungainly book and read it for such a long time. The Eloise stories take a while to get through. I personally prefer single book editions unless you are a collector. This is probably the nicest edition out there of this book. Well worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By beatlefan on March 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Eloise at the Plaza is one of my all time favorite books-but when I bought this edition for my niece I was unhappy to find that some lines have been changed, and at least one picture deleted. Now I don't know where to find an original.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By savvyshopper on February 6, 2014
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I really dislike this character. I was not familiar with this book and cannot recommend. Looked for redeeming qualities but other than anniversary nostalgia there didn't seem to be any. I gave it two stars so as not to be snarky, but found it a complete waste of time.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe Bob on March 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book is horrible. Eloise is a spoiled rich kid who is petulant and obnoxious. She commonly denigrates the people around her as being "dumb," etc. Her mischief and temper tantrums are recounted without disapproval. The book is punctuated with frequent, unnecessary "for Lord's sake" comments that may offend many. There is nothing in this book that I want my children exposed to. I look forward to reading about Eloise as a teen, when she becomes the next Lindsay Lohan, due to growing up without responsibility and with a total sense of entitlement.
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Precocious Eloise lives a glamorous life at the Plaza Hotel in NYC. Her antics will delight and entertain young readers. Ages 5-12 appropriate, while older girls and women will be entertained by this story from the 50s.
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By LB on December 19, 2012
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This book is just like the one I owned when I was a little girl but with a few additions regarding the author, publication, etc. Eloise is such a treat, and the book is high quality, shipped quickly.
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