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Spirited Eloise delights her young readers.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this popular heroine with her own TV show and DVDs lives in a hotel with her Nanny and lacks parental supervision. She's also rather mischievous.

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What's the story?

Eloise absolutely loves the Plaza, and kids absolutely love this 6-year-old prankster who knows how to annoy everybody at the hotel, from the bell captain and the manager to the debutantes and the executives. And while the kids are giggling over her antics and the hilarious illustrations, parents will like the sly parody of the adult world.


Is it any good?


This book is sheer delight for children, whose giggles pile one on top of another as the pages turn. Eloise checks in with the Plaza desk clerk and the mail desk and makes several calls and then loses her skate key among a crowd of people in the elevator without even a period or a comma to let a grown-up catch a breath. In black and white and shades of red, Eloise capers, hops, and prances from page to page, her expression changing from sentence to sentence. The annoying antics Eloise dreams up to entertain herself may worry some parents, but her outrageously naughty behavior will delight kids. Adults will love the parody of the grown-up world and comments such as, "Oh my Lord I am absolutely so busy I don't know how I can possibly get everything done."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Eloise's world. Would you like to live in a hotel? How hard would it be to only see your parents every once in a while?

Book details

Author:Kay Thompson
Illustrator:Hilary Knight
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Simon & Schuster
Publication date:November 18, 1955
Number of pages:80
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 7

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Adult Written bymoviemadness April 9, 2008

Wonderful book for children

Eloise is a great book for kids 4+. It is cute, enchanting and all-around wonderful. One thing that parents may wanto to be aware of is Eloise's antics. She is a bit obnoxious, and sometimes does things that are not so good...
Adult Written bylucian214 April 9, 2008

More fun than expected!

I was very pleased how well this movie incorporated the book storyline AND was supportive of Eloise (not just seeing her as a trouble-maker) AND added an actual plot to the story! The secondary plot lines of Nanny and Phillip falling in love (not with each other!) are cheesy, but not negative. Overall great fun, especially with the superb actors they used. My 2 and 7 year-old kids loved it! (It was my favorite book growing up, so I had to check it out)