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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Series: Eloise
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689833105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689833106
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

If you grew up with Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight's Eloise books, some of her eccentricity probably rubbed off on you whether you realize it or not. Frankly, it's difficult to remain unaffected by a 6-year-old girl who lives in New York City's Plaza Hotel, braids her turtle's ears, talks to Mars through a paper cup, and pours water down the mail chute. Eloise's Guide to Life pieces together snippets from Eloise, Eloise in Paris, Eloise in Moscow, and Eloise at Christmastime in the interest of instructing its readers on "how to eat, dress, travel, behave, and stay six forever." Of course, if everyone took this advice, people would put large cabbage leaves on their heads when they had headaches, throw occasional temper tantrums, comb their hair with forks, and pretend they were orphans to get food from strangers. Like the wee Seuss-isms, this whimsical sampling of Eloise-isms is sure to renew a sense of rebellion and joie de vivre in nostalgic Eloise fans. This small book is perfect for new graduates or for anyone who has forgotten how much fun it can be to wear toe shoes on their ears. For adults who want absolutely everything Eloise, The Absolutely Essential Eloise includes the text and illustrations of the original title, along with a historical scrapbook detailing the making of Eloise. (Grownups) --Karin Snelson

About the Author

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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3.8 out of 5 stars

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Randall Rice on June 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This tiny little book seems to be simply part of the ramped up marketing of the "Eloise" character since the death of its very protective author, Kay Thompson.
If you have the previous books, you have all of the illustrations and "Eloise"isms in this not so new book.
Save your money and buy the original.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book contains highlights of the four Eloise books (Eloise, Eloise in Paris, Eloise at Christmastime, and Eloise in Moscow), grouped into her habits about eating, dressing, travel, behavior, and staying young (six). The book is like having a brief scrapbook of these stories that capture and remind you of the essential character of Eloise. As such, this book will help you quickly drop the cares of the day . . . and it's healthier than a cocktail.
On the other hand, if you haven't read all four books, I think this assemblage will lose some of its charm. Some of the examples don't make much sense if you don't have the story context for them.
If you have read all four stories but don't have copies, this is the bargain basement way to have a little of each one.
If you can afford to indulge, I suggest Eloise: The Ultimate Edition as a better choice. That has all four stories, plus the wonderful scrapbook material about the development of the Eloise character and biographies of Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight. Once you own that edition, you don't really need this one (unless you just want to tuck it under your pillow for comfort).
Some of my favorite sections from this book include Eloise combing her hair with a fork, ordering room service, insisting on Sabena because they let turtles fly on that airline, and getting a new outfit from M. Dior in Paris. I'm sure you'll find some of your favorites, too.
By the way, Eloise must have authorized this book. Kay Thompson wouldn't have . . . because it's commercial Eloise rather than essential Eloise. The wonderful Hilary Knight drawings carry the edition, even when the context seems lost.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Susan on August 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Let's face it-you are either an Eloise fan or not. There is no in-between. I happen to be a very loyal fan.
I ran across this by accident one rainy airport day and of course, knew it was going to be great. I was not disappointed. This is a book full of previous work collected into a life "guide".
The illustrations are once again, hillarious! Who couldn't smile at Eloise's antics? The "advice" is superb. But my favorite are the little pink colored advice tidbits on most pages.
I am so relieved that Eloise has not been censored by the politically correct. So many children's books are so soapy clean that you cannot enjoy them. However, all things Eloise remain classic.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Whether you are a fan of Eloise, or meeting her for the first time, you can't live without ELOISE'S GUIDE TO LIFE. It is a wickedly funny collection of favorite drawings and quotable hilarity from four classic 1950s books, ELOISE, ELOISE IN PARIS, ELOISE AT CHRISTMASTIME and ELOISE IN MOSCOW (all currently back in print!), featuring the antics of the lovably incorrigible 6-year-old little girl who terrorizes the staff of The Plaza Hotel in New York City, where she lives with her Nanny, her pug dog Weenie ("who looks like a cat"), and her turtle Skipperdee. Although classified as "childrens books", they were actually written "for precocious adults" by the very witty and flamboyant entertainer Kay Thompson (who passed away in 1998) and illustrated by the living legend himself, Hilary Knight! And, to make this new collection all the more special, Mr. Knight has drawn several exclusive illustrations of Eloise to introduce each section of the book, plus the rawther fabulous new cover. So, whether you are adding to your collection, or just starting one, ELOISE'S GUIDE TO LIFE is an absolute must!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "eeecka" on August 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Eloise rocked my world when I was little... now I'm 18 and bringing her books to college! She's an inspiration to six-year olds and adults alike. This book is just another great glimpse into the world of Eloise. I consider it a lesson on how to stay young through use of the imagination. It isn't as great as the original Eloise, but it's still wonderful! I read it to children I babysit for (who love her) and I plan on reading it to children of my own someday!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexandra Russo on May 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a loyal lover of all the Eloise books, which is why I was so disappointed with this book. This book is made up of parts from the original Eloise and Eloise in Paris. There is nothing new in this book and I was really disappointed with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah V TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book seemed confusing to me. I've tried to read it to my six year old nieces several times and neither of them cares for the book. The illustrations and accompanying prose are nothing special. If you like Eloise, stick with the full length books.
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