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Eloise by Kay Thompson
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Mar 09, 2009

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Recommended to Agnes by: Margaret
Read in March, 2009

I read this on Saturday - it's all four Eloise books in one. I'd heard about these 1950s children's books before, especially since getting a subscription to Vanity Fair, which seems to talk reverentially about the Plaza Hotel in every other issue, but I didn't know what they were about. They're brilliantly illustrated tales of a precocious six-year-old poor little rich girl, whose absentee mother leaves her to run amok in New York, Paris and Moscow's most exclusive hotels with only her British nanny to loosely supervise her. I'm sure it's every 10-year-old little girl's dream come true. Reading this as an adult, I still found some charm in the stories, though "Eloise in Moscow" is a pretty paranoid 60s take on the Soviet Union, but it would have been nice to have a little bit more plot, and Eloise does get a bit too much at times. Still, a fun way to spend a Saturday morning in bed.
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