What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Me, Eloise features the mischievous Eloise up to her usual antics: lying, manipulating, and defying the rules to have a little fun. She eventually takes responsibility for her actions, but the majority of her behavior is not the sort most parents want their children to emulate, and there are no consequences for her offenses.
What's the story?
It's Eloise's (voiced by Mary Mouser) 6th birthday, and instead of big excitement for her special day, the Plaza is bustling with anticipation of the arrival of a Japanese family with an 8-year-old daughter, Yuko, who happens to be an accomplished violinist. Can Eloise overcome her jealousy and help Yuko adjust to hotel living, especially without getting into trouble?
Is it any good?
While Eloise's life -- a rich kid raised by a nanny in a hotel while her mother is chronically absent -- makes for an interesting world, her behavior, a combination of brattiness, dishonesty, and entitlement, is fairly incorrigible.
Kids will enjoy Eloise's adventures and mischief here, and the fun side plot of the accomplished violinist who could use a little fun, but parents may be a little unsure about Eloise's devious behavior as a good role model for kids. Side note: Her friend, the Japanese classical musician whose life is all work and no play, may strike some parents as a bothersome stereotype.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about rules. Why are rules important? What happened to Eloise when she disobeyed the rules? What are some important rules at your house?
Did Eloise get in trouble for lying? Why is it important to tell the truth?
Becoming accomplished at a musical instrument takes a lot of dedication and practice. Are you interested in playing an instrument? Which one?