Kay Thompson's Eloise

Kay Thompson's Eloise

A Book for Precocious Grown Ups

Book - 1969
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A story of Eloise, a little girl who lives at the Plaza Hotel in New York
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 1969.
Characteristics: 65 pages ; illustrated
Additional Contributors: Knight, Hilary


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Aug 15, 2014

When reading this book it is important to remember a couple of things. First, it was written in the 1950s. They had a very different view of children's books then. Also, the title says it all: Eloise--A Book For Precocious Grown Ups. This book was not written for little children and I am glad the publishers have made the age range for grades 1-4. I would say it belongs a bit higher even. Perhaps grades 3-5.

I absolutely adore the character of Eloise. I know she comes off as a brat, but she is an extremely smart, creative and bored six year old. What else is she to do, but get into a bunch of mischief. Her mother has left her to be raised by a Nanny at the Plaza hotel. This was much more common for wealthy families at the time this book was written. I love how Eloise finds 101 things to do with her time. I do not like the scenes where she saws her doll in half and pretends to have drowning children in her bathtub. Thus the recommendation for older children. But the illustrations are so rich. They show you a time period that kids today would know nothing about. Eloise also uses words even I had to look up. This would be a great book for older children to learn from. I love Eloise. She does the best she can for a six year old in her circumstances. I also recommend watching all the movies based on this character. They do an amazing job of portraying her.
Would I recommend this book? YES. for children ages 8 and up only

lakevilla_IDOL Oct 25, 2012

This story is about a little girl who lives in the Plaza Hotel in New York. She's always doing crazy things throughout the entire hotel and everyone from employees to guests know her. She thinks she can do whatever she wants and can play any trick or game and even run through the hotel as she pleases. She always runs into people and breaks things. this book is so funny and I love it. Little kids would enjoy this book more, but anyone would laugh and like this book. More girls will like this than boys, so keep that in mind.

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Aug 15, 2014

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over


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