Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown Ups by Kay Thompson (Hardback)
Meet Eloise, the precocious darling of the Plaza Hotel!
Eloise is a little girl who lives at The Plaza Hotel in New York. She is not yet pretty but she is already a Person.
Henry James would want to study her.
Queen Victoria would recognize her as an Equal.
The New York Jets would want to have her on their side.
Lewis Carroll would love her (once he got over the initial shock).
She knows everything about The Plaza. She is interested in people when they are not boring.
She has Inner Resources.
If you take her home with you, you will always be glad you did.
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Reading Level: 6+
"I was surprised by the things some commenters didn't like about this classic: Eloise isn't cute, she says "Oh my Lord" too much, her Nanny smokes, her situation with no parents is too sad, she is terribly spoiled. I feel most of this is sort of missing the point - Eloise is a heroic personality with a tremendously strong voice (I mean in the metaphoric English-major way, although also literally true.) And you know, the book is supposed to be funny, so you needn't take it all too seriously. To me, the only thing funnier than Eloise sklonking her stylist Vincent in the kneecap - and the picture of preening Vincent that accompanies it; really, has there ever been a more perfect union of text and illustration than Eloise? - is hearing my own 5 year old say, "Room service! Send me dinner and charge it please, thankyouverymuch!" (Although he doesn't understand why she hates Peter Rabbit.) Yes, Eloise is funnier as an adult, but that just gives all the five and six year-olds out there something to look forward to."
"Charming and witty book about a bright, loquacious, mischievous, imaginative 6 year old girl who lives at the Plaza Hotel in New York. First in the Eloise series and a good one to read first. Really fun to read to little girls and I still enjoy it."
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