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who is celebrating her 50th anniversary though she is still not a day over six. In the front of this book we have printed the original Eloise story & pictures and in the back of it there are sketches and stories by Mr. Hilary Knight (the Artist) and photographs of Miss Kay Thompson when she was young and fabulous and "ra
Hardcover, 84 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (first published 1955)
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This book should be titled: "How to be a spoiled little bitch."

I asked my little boy if he's like to read some books the other day, and he brought over this one, asking if I'd read it next.

I'd never read it before, which is fine with me. I like to read him new books. Too much repetition can get wearying to me.

But this book... Seriously. It pissed me off.

I've read bad children's books before. Books with bad stories. Books that were nausiating with sweetness and love. Books that were obviously
Jun 02, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am giving this five stars because Eloise has so much VOICE it is unbelievable and deeply touching--slightly disturbing, slightly heartbreaking; humorous then obnoxious, then endearing. (Knight's illustrations capture all of this perfectly!) I believe there are many interpretations to Eloise's story. For one, it is full of the imaginings of childhood and the delicious freedom of having an entire hotel in which to pursue one's whims. For another, it is the story of a very naughty little girl who ...more
LH Johnson
This book, oh this gloriously wicked and funny book, is one of my greatest pleasures. Kay Thompson was godmother to Liza (Lizaaa!) Minelli and wrote the Eloise series inspired by both the antics of Liza, and the experiences that Thompson herself had as living at the Plaza. And it is glorious.

Eloise is a furiously fabulous creation, full of stubborn humour and eccentric pleasures. And she lives. That’s such a thing for a character in a book of this nature, wrapped in long lines of text and strang
Amy C.
Oct 06, 2011 Amy C. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I do not like Eloise. I hesitate to say this about a young child, even a fictional one. But I found this little girl and her life at the Plaza hotel mostly depressing . . . a poor little rich girl, merely endured by most of the adults around her (and not endured at all by her parents -- dad is not mentioned at all, and mom is off jet-setting). I did finish reading it to my 6yo, but it was a trudge. Caro didn't really stay engaged either, though that may have been because of my reading, can't tel ...more
I knew of Eloise. The books and the movies. I'd seen snippets of one of the moviess. And what I saw was all right. Not something I'd want to watch all the time, that's for sure. Well, now I have read the book. And while there are many fans of Eloise in this world, I am sorry but I am not one of them. I can see why so many like her. But she's not for me. I think I could handle a typical 6-year old who has messy/bratty/spoiled tendencies, but part of me doesn't like the illustrations or how the st ...more
Oct 09, 2013 Hilary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
People need to calm down with the reviews of this book. Okay, so this story about a six year old isn't the most PC book on the library shelf. There is a mention of an adult having a drink and enjoying a cigar. Oh the humanity! One reviewer with clearly nothing better to do ranted on about Eloise, the "little bitch". If you don't want to 'expose' your child to the silly adventures of a pretend girl in a pretend story then carefully tuck your child away with your old Christmas decorations for safe ...more
Jun 26, 2014 ddjiii rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Lisa Vegan
Aug 13, 2007 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: little girls then everyone else
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.
Patron complaint: Eloise goes to a museum in Paris and sees a painting of a naked person.

I actually agree with the patron's assertion that the book should be placed in the junior fiction, instead of in picture books--but not because there are cartoon boobs. Mostly I just think the writing is too sophisticated for younger readers. In fact, why not shelve it in the adult section, along with Junie B. Jones, because those books are also hilarious, I think.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
I never read Eloise as a child.
It was probably banned in Alvin.
Eloise is a six year old girl
who lives in the Plaza Hotel
in New York City, with a mostly
absent mom and an indulgent set
of servants to care for her.

There is something
appealing about Eloise, but there
is also something very appaling, too.
Eloise is American, living free,
unrestricted, doing everything she
wants, enjoying her life, with little
care about anything outside her world.
Am I being too judgmental here? After
all, thi
May 06, 2015 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Peggy by: My mother
Shelves: kidlit
My mother didn't tell me until I was an adult that she liked this book--she probably thought Eloise wasn't the best role model for children (maybe she didn't want me to learn the phrase "charge it, please" too early in life. I do love room service, though.)

A fun book with wonderful, predominantly pink illustrations, made even more interesting by learning that it was inspired by Kay Thompson's goddaughter, Liza Minnelli.

P.S. I'm wondering if the "ad man" Eloise's mother knows is Don Draper. :)
Manik Sukoco
Jan 06, 2016 Manik Sukoco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that parents will either love or hate. I can certainly identify with the parents who gave this book 1 star. It is true that you'd be horrified if you had a child that acted like Eloise - she's naughty, rude, demanding and disrespectful. This book was written in 1955 and yes, one illustration shows the nanny smoking in front of Eloise. The text is written as a reflection of Eloise's internal dialogue, so no, it is not always grammatically correct. The text reminds me a little of Al ...more
Mar 23, 2010 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults who read to kids, also to kids
Eloise is six, she lives in the Plaza Hotel in New York City and she was the #5 bestseller on the adult fiction list in 1956. Eloise's creator, Kay Thompson, was an actress, entertainer, vocal arranger and coach for musicals, who died at 89 years of age. Hilary Knight, who drew Eloise and the illustrations for all the Eloise books is still living and drawing. I don't know of another children's picture book making the adult best seller list except for two more Eloise books in 1957 and 1958. Quite ...more
Dec 18, 2015 Therese rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, this was a very random read. I just needed a quick break from the series I'm reading, and when I was growing up I loved watching the tv show about Eloise, so I decided to read the book. Eloise is annoying and spoiled, but she's aldo adorable and reading about her made me so nostalgic. This book doesn't even have any good morals, so I'm not sure how good it is for an actual child, but I think they would be entertained, if nothing else.
Byron Norsworthy
May 25, 2014 Byron Norsworthy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One giant run-on sentence disguised as a book. Take a deep breath before you start. Six year old Eloise, the daughter of an apparently absent socialite mother, lives at the Plaza hotel in New York City and is raised by Nanny, a frazzled Englishwoman who appears unable to keep up with Eloise's boundless energy and imagination. The book is told from Eloise's perspective and follows a typical day of mischief-making at the Plaza Hotel. Eloise rides the elevator up and down for fun, spies on the hote ...more
So, like, I realize that I needed to read this book, right? It's a classic, right? Well. Here I am pissed because I read this book already. Well this is Miss Margaux reporting that she doesn't quite care for Eloise. She's a spoiled brat who needs to learn about punctuation. I'd much prefer Madeline if we're looking at a European-style chickadee.

However. It's an easy reader-ish book with pink and black illustrations that I absolutely adore. I'd recommend this book for the illustrations alone. So
Apr 15, 2010 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture
Eloise is a precocious little rich girl who lives in a fancy hotel. I got suckered into reading this out loud all in one go by a girl I was baby-sitting years ago, not realizing it was quite a bit longer than the standard picture book. Perhaps I would have liked it better if I had read it as a child myself, although I don't think it would ever have been a favorite. Growing up in poverty (and with moderately strict parents) I had a bit of a chip on my shoulder about rich kids and their supposedly ...more
Jul 22, 2015 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightful. Of course, I would not want to work in the hotel where this child lived, but the book is charming (and I love the illustrations, which are allowed to do most of the work in the story, if you ask me). Love that there is a fold-out page of her elevator riding scheme in this edition. Next I need to read about Eloise's adventures in Paris and Moscow!
Oct 16, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
This book was fantastic. I do not remember reading Eloise when I was little. This particular version has a delightful story about the author, Kay Thompson. She was very well known as a dancer, singer, writer and had a show with Andy Williams and his three brothers during her career. It was fascinating to read about her and there was also a piece written by Hilary Knight (a man) who drew the pictures. His artwork is delightful. Eloise was fun to read, quite the precocious little six year old who ...more
May 02, 2012 Fjóla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents with tolerance and understanding of the antics of independent kids, 8 year olds and up
My heart goes out to little Eloise, living at the Plaza, with only an old nanny to care for her and really not much to do except get into mischief. Eloise may be more a book for grown ups than it is for kids, because we know where all her weird expressions and antics come from (they come from us, the grown ups) and we get the double standards exhibited by the adults interactions with and judgement of little Eloise. In fact, I'm not sure if there is much in these books for kids, unless they're at ...more
I read Eloise a long time ago and didn't care for it too much because Eloise was soooo spoiled. But there's just something about this one when read aloud - my children were both in hysterics, and frankly, so was I and I was the one reading it! Yes, Eloise is spoiled, but she is also six- it happens. I can't believe there are adults using very adult words to describe a six-year old character on here. The thing is, Eloise is so over-the-top, young readers (or listeners)pick up on her behavior as s ...more
Jun 18, 2008 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I frequently wonder if there is any point to having picture book authors who aren't artists. Good illustrations make up for so many weak stories. Eloise, however, scores a point for the other side. The text is as witty and interesting as the illustrations and sometimes even more. I should probably start a shelf for sassy heroines since they seem to be my favorites and Eloise is no different. She is six and lives at the Plaza Hotel. The story follows her adventures in the hotel. The story itself ...more
D Long
May 07, 2015 D Long rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic. A fun little ride for lovers of Eloise. She is a very privileged little girl. Not all who are privileged are bad. She's mischievous but of course she is, she's 6. And when a 6 year old has the world at her fingertips....they can be a little bratty. Eloise is full of imagination and fun. Every child deserves to be treated like an Eloise.
The version I got included a scrapbook by Marie Brenner that told more about the creation of Eloise and about her popularity and so on. I found the scrapbook fairly interesting.

Somehow, despite that this is a children's classic, I have no memory of ever reading it before. I found Eloise a little bit TOO obnoxious for my rather, she is WAY too obnoxious for my taste. I do feel bad for her since her mother is off traveling and she is left with a nanny and mostly fends for herself (altho
Nov 21, 2008 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Though dated, this is a fun book. I wouldn't exactly say that it was ideal for modeling good behavior, but we were able to discuss the naughty things she does in the context of "that's not very nice." I could never imagine the life that she had, and it makes me sad that her parents were not part of the story, but all in all, it's just a book. With interesting illustrations, too.

This story was selected as one of the books for the November 2012 - Classic Picture Book Characters reads at the Pictur
Sonia Gensler
NEVER read Eloise before, but after a recent visit to The Plaza for afternoon tea, I had to check it out. What a unique and engaging character! Not sure I would have related as a child, but I certainly see the charm now.
Tricia Douglas
Nov 03, 2012 Tricia Douglas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eloise is a very spunky young child growing up with a nanny in a large hotel. Her mother is constantly traveling and obviously her bordom is the cause for many of the problems she gets herself into. The illustrations are perfect. The story shows a wild-haired little girl dancing around and getting in everyone's way. I learned from my Goodreads children's bookclub that this book was originally written as an adult story. The language has definitely been changed and the situations different from th ...more
lola Franco
Nov 18, 2014 lola Franco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this as a child, but as a parent, I absolutely detest Eloise. But she is a great voice for kids...
Jul 11, 2014 Shelli rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had never read the Eloise books, but had always heard mention of them in other writings or on "must read" book lists. Finally I got around to transferring it from the public library and was shocked. I just don't get it?? How is this a popular book series?? Eloise is a spoiled, unsupervised, bloody nightmare of six years. The book is much to long, and at times the writing is all over the place. The only redeeming thing I can say about this book is the fabulous illustrations. Hilary Knight did a ...more
Oct 17, 2013 Brigida rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chapter-books
Eloise is a mischievous little girl who lives in Plaza Hotel which is located in New York City. She has a wild imagination and is always getting into all sorts of trouble. This book lets children see what's it like to be Eloise. Furthermore, you can also appreciate this book for its comedic value. However, it's downfall is the nanny smoking, no parental control, and Eloise being quite spoiled. Yet, when all is said and done, you can use this book as a learning tool in correcting inappropiate in ...more
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Kay Thompson (1909–1998) was an American author, composer, musician, actress and singer. She is best remembered as the creator of the Eloise children's books.
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