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Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown Ups Hardcover – April 30, 1969
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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)
-- 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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Top Customer Reviews
As an adult, I feel so sorry for Eloise because her mother only sends for her when it's sunny and otherwise isn't present. What a poor little girl to grow up so alone!
However, this is a tremendously humorous and beautifully illustrated classic that can always make me grin from ear to ear. I looooovve room service too! Oh, and charge it please. Thank you very much.
Why the 5 stars then? Because this is a very funny book with extremely engaging 1950s style illustrations. Eloise endears herself to you despite her naughtiness. There are many things in this book that you could use to teach your child a moral lesson if you wished to. It is a VERY CLEVER book despite what to some might seem major drawbacks. I do agree with the other reviewers though that 4 - 8 years is a totally inappropriate age group. The dust cover of the book itself states for 7 years up which is far more on the mark. The book is more of an `early reader' for a 7 or 8 year old - it's not a bed-time story for a younger child. I can see how little girls would absolutely love it!
This is a book that you really want to borrow from the library before you buy it - what other reviewers have said is true in this case I think - don't rely on reviews - see the book for yourself.
Researchers constantly find that reading to children is valuable in a variety of ways, not least of which are instilling a love of reading and improved reading skills. With better parent-child bonding from reading, your child will also be more emotionally secure and able to relate better to others. Intellectual performance will expand as well. Spending time together watching television fails as a substitute.
To help other parents apply this advice, as a parent of four I consulted an expert, our youngest child, and asked her to share with me her favorite books that were read to her as a young child. Eloise was one of her picks.
Our daughter's mother and I often have meetings in The Plaza, and sometimes stay overnight there. On one trip, we bought this book in the gift shop and had Eloise sign it for our daughter before we left. Eloise wrote, "Sorry I missed you Hope to see you next trip Love, Eloise" Every time we went to New York with our daughter when she was six, we looked for Eloise but we kept missing her. It was lucky that her picture was always there to greet us.
After our daughter could read, we would encourage her to read this book while we were away at The Plaza. In that way, she could feel like she was with us.
Then when we went on trips, we would ask her what she would like to do in the hotel.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
REALLY long book. Not exactly a good bedtime story for kids, seems like it is more for adults which is weird considering the story and subject matter.Published 21 days ago by Jennifer L. Hall
classic childrens story. bought this for a co workers child - it is an ever popular purchase for a giftPublished 1 month ago by TLobertini
Bought as a gift for a friend who has a cat named Eloise. The recipient liked the book very much.Published 1 month ago by Wily
This was my favorite childhood book. When I was young I listened to the record as well, but the book is what really won my heart. Eloise is the badass girl I aspired to be. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ceebee
My daughter LOVES Eloise and she's just rounding the corner to age 4. She sits through the entire book (and it's LONG), anticipates what will happen next and knows when I've... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lisa B.