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Eloise in Moscow Hardcover – March 1, 2000
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After a three-week stay in Moscow with her colleague Hilary Knight, Kay Thompson had plenty of fodder for her distinctly Eloisian travelogue: the food ("It is difficult to know what to eat in Moscow/ There is no melon in season/ Nichevo"); the stilted English of their tour guide ("That house is Chekhov/ That house is Stanislavsky if you want to see it/ No you cannot it is reconstruction"); national security ("Our telephone had quite a bit of static/ so we talked about General de Gaulle/ to throw them off track/ Everybody listens to everything in Moscow"); and even the water ("The water is Russian so I brushed my teeth/ with/ pear lemonade and apple lemonade/ Actually I preferred/ the pear").
Children will be fascinated by the intricate, delicately skritched details of this 72-page picture book, but adults will surely be the most amused. Fortunately, in the wake of Eloise's Russian junket, the Kremlin wall is left standing, and there are no international repercussions. But is she, as she haughtily declares, an "absolutely darling little sweetnik"? Definitely nyet. And that's the way we like her. If your Eloise library is incomplete, which would be sad, be sure to investigate Eloise in Paris; Eloise at Christmastime; The Absolutely Essential Eloise (complete with historical scrapbook); or the original recipe, Eloise. (Best for grownups--or as a read-aloud for ages 7 and older) --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.
Top Customer Reviews
On the light side this book reads very well out loud. It helps if you have a deep voice to say as the intra tourist guide "IS POSSIBLE TO SEE BOOK REVIEWS HERE." "IS NOT POSSIBLE TO HOLD BOOKS, BOOKS ARE SENT AFTER BOUGHT" (While not a quote from the book, it reads like it.)
The book's view of the world does feel dated. It's like reading a Cowboys vs Indian's book and having to explain that perhaps not all is as it appears. Russia is not what it was, but it's not the west yet.
The quality of the paper and the binding are excellent, it feels like it will last for multiple reading. There is a nice foldout of the Kremlin. Like all the Eloise books, the drawings are inked in one color, this one uses yellow to great effect. The paper jacket is an exact copy of the hard cover underneath which is great as the text on it is wonderful.
If you like the other Eloise books, you'll like this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful book.....I read all the eloise books as a child ...and then to my daughter and now to a yet to be born granddaughterPublished on January 23, 2014 by Chris Limke
As any fan of the original Eloise books knows, the detailed drawings by Hilary Knight are key to their appeal to both children and adults. Read morePublished on September 16, 2012 by M. Wester
A great book by Kay Thompson with wonderful illustrations by Hilary Knight. Has a wonderful story line, and always full of fun for the whole family.Published on December 23, 2011 by hillarykay90
I can see why this book provokes so many strong opinions pro and con. When I first read it, as a child, I just chalked it up to author Kay Thompson had gone crazy. Read morePublished on September 19, 2009 by Kevin Killian
We love Eloise in our house. Yes, she's not the best behaved little girl, but our daughter (6 y.o.) understands that and isn't using her as a role model. Read morePublished on November 5, 2006 by Stacey McEnerney
Eloise is back and more mischevious than ever. This time Eloise, Nanny, Weenie (her dog who looks like a cat), and Skipperdee (her turtle) are in Moscow. Read morePublished on December 6, 2001 by Erika Sorocco
Children will love the comical adventures of everyone's favorite six-year-old in Soviet Moscow.
Adults will appreciate the look into American-Soviet relations forty years ago,... Read more
"Eloise in Moscow," the fourth and final book of the Eloise series, is also the weakest. However, it is still a lot of fun. Read morePublished on February 20, 2001