Eloise has always had a rather festive air about her, but when Christmastime rolls around, well, it's "Fa la la la fa la la la lolly ting tingledy here and there," of course. The bunchy-bloused, spindly-legged scamp is speaking in rhyme this time, and in typical Eloise fashion, the verse simply can't be perfectly metered, for what would be the point? She rushes around New York's Plaza Hotel on Christmas Eve, jingling, spreading Christmas cheer, tying tassels on the thermostats, and writing "Merry Christmas" on all the walls. And of course there are gifts to be delivered and wrapped:
For Weenie a roastbeef bone deluxe
For Skipperdee raisin milk
I'm giving the valet a beehive of course
made of safety pins and silk
Her asides, printed in red, are as priceless as ever: "Sometimes there is so much to do that/ I get sort of a headache around the sides and partially under it." Or in a rare vulnerable moment, "For when you are a child of six/ it's difficult to know/ if you deserve a present or not/ at Christmastime/ or so." But enough of that. "We sang Noel for 506/ Silent Night for 507/ We didn't sing for 509/ at the request of 511."
Hilary Knight's pen and ink pink-and-black illustrations are perfect--particularly of the "sugar plums" dancing in Eloise's head on Christmas Eve, complete with crazed elves, Nanny-as-angel, reindeer with glasses, and of course Santa's sleigh with one giant package in it... for Eloise. Kay Thompson's Eloise at Christmastime, first published in 1958 with a different cover, joins Eloise in Paris and The Absolutely Essential Eloise (with additional historical scrapbook) as a much welcomed reissue of the original. And there's always just Eloise. (Ages 5 to 105) --Karin Snelson
Gloria Vanderbilt I am engaged by the thought that Eloise will be let loose into the millennium.
Noel Coward Frankly, I adore Eloise.
Roz Chast Eloise is smart and funny and knows how to get around annoying adults.
I love this book- reminds me of our trips to New York and the Plaza- for my new little granddaughterPublished 3 months ago by Martha
reading Eloise is always an adventure at any age
Eloise at Christmastime- 6 year old Eloise the precocious troublemaker is back to celebrate the Christmas season in a way only Eloise can. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Miri K
Can't say enough goodies about Eloise. Every little girl, young & old needs Elie in their life♡Published 8 months ago by sonya graske
If you remember Eloise from the 1950's, you will enjoy sharing this with a grandchild, or just browsing through for igniting the Christmas spirit.Published 11 months ago by Mary j Smith
Eloise at Christmastime is one of three Eloise books that I received as a child in 1958. I have bought it for my grand daughter who is four years old. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Catherine Gosden
Oh eloise......such a wild child but what fun
Always doing something I would have wanted to do as a kid.....keep it up