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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671223502
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 04/30/1969
Series: Eloise Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 68
Sales rank: 34,923
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Kay Thompson (1909–1998) was a singer, dancer, vocal arranger, and coach of many MGM musicals in the 1940s. The Eloise character grew out of the voice of a precocious six-year-old that Miss Thompson put on to amuse her friends. Collaborating with Hilary Knight on what was an immediate bestseller, Kay Thompson became a literary sensation when Eloise was published in 1955. The book has sold more than two million copies to date. Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight created four more Eloise books, Eloise in Paris, Eloise at Christmas, Eloise in Moscow, and Eloise Takes a Bawth.

Hilary Knight, son of artist-writers Clayton Knight and Katharine Sturges, was educated at the Art Students League, where he studied with Reginald Marsh. Besides the Eloise books, Hilary Knight has illustrated more than fifty books for children, six of which he wrote himself. He lives and works in New York City, not far from The Plaza Hotel.

Date of Birth:

November 9, 1909

Date of Death:

July 2, 1998

Place of Birth:

St. Louis, Missouri

Place of Death:

New York, New York


Washington University

Read an Excerpt

Here's what I can do

Chew gum



Stand on my head for the longest amount of time

Get dizzy and fall down

Make a terrible face

And here's the thing of it

Most of the time I'm on the telephone

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Eloise 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was just reviewing books in the teens section and decided to review some books I read when I was younger :D This book was good! Eloise always made me happy and cheered me up because she's so funny and energectic! I guess I had blonde hair and kinda looked like her when I was little and even though my name is Skylar my aunt would always call me Eloise because I was so hyper!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mother used to read Eloise to me and my sister when we were little, and we always laughed! She is such a naughty little girl, but only because she's trying to be helpful. Such a busy body! I recommend this book for both boys and girls.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Might be okay for older girls....too long for my 3 yr old who usually sits through the longest books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was at the video store with my cousin. She wanted to get Eloise at the plaza. I said fine. We loved the movie so we disided to get the book. The book is so good i love to read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eloise is such a fun and energic kid to read about!! She way to much spunk and that's a great thing to! The whole book makes you laugh and you will enjoy trust me on this one!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eloise is a six year old girl who lives at the Plaza hotel in New York City with her Nanny, her pet bulldog Weenie and her pet turtle Skiperdee. Eloise loves to rampage around in the Plaza while helping all of the staff there. She would rather run around than sit still like Nanny wishes that she would. But I guess that's just the Eloise way! Eloise has many, many friends in and out the Plaza (Bill, Prunella, Mr. Salmoneli, and Mr. Peabody to name a few) and she decides that she is the one and only person to help around the Plaza. If you are looking for a book that will give you stitches in your sides from laughing so much, then I 'rather' suggest that you buy one of the many Eloise books, if not all of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read this book about a million times since I was twelve...and loved it more every time! Eloise is simply irrepresible, and just what all of us wish we'd had the courage to be as a child (or maybe even now!) Fantastic for children and adults alike (truly!), this book is one to be cherished and read again, again, again!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eloise is the funniest and mischeivious little 6 year old that I have ever met! She knows everyone in the plaza,and she has 2 pets that live with Eloise and her Nanny. They sing in the morning and Eloise has adventors at night. She hates school and absolutely despises her tutor. Eloise is a book for all ages!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My mostly companion and I are 16 and still love love love little miss Eloise. This book is one of the special tokens of our friendship, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has ever been or known a little girl. It's amazingly fun to read, and is actually totally realistic. Every step Eloise takes reminds me of myself as a first grader. This mischievous little girly can't be passed up, and if you bring her home you won't regret it! I 100% promise you that. So go on and charge it please thank you very much. The end!
ashleylegan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is perfect for any child, especially one who tends to have a little extra energy compared to the rest!Eloise is a little girl who lives in the fanciest hotel in NYC--the Plaza-with her nanny. The Plaza is not exactly a child-friendly environment, but Eloise has no trouble finding her fun! She causes more disruption with her mischievous (yet good-natured) plans than anyone could imagine.This book is not only comical, it has wonderful morals in it. It teaches children that everybody is different, and differences should be appreciated. They learn that the best of friends can be found in the most unexpected people. Most importantly, it teaches the importance of family and of doing good deeds.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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, this is a children's book.
deliriumslibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Absolutely the finest children's book ever. The thing of it is: they're closing the Plaza and that's just terribly sad. Eloise is the spirit of New York.
ckarmstr1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eloise is a mischievous six year old who lives at the Plaza Hotel. She causes quite the commotion at the hotel. She torments the elevator men, the desk ladies, and room service. She gets in the middle of everything. She pranks anyone she can, and when she's tired, she takes a nap on random mattresses in storage rooms. She also enters any open room she can find and pretends she is an orphan so that people give her things. This book is great to read to kindergarteners or first graders.
AnnieHidalgo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As an only daughter of a single musician dad at her age, I was more than a bit of an Eloise. Madeline was always the more admirable character - maybe it was the structure, or the fact that she actually lived in France - but Eloise's hijinks seemed like the kind of thing that every 6-year-old would do, given the chance. She was Fancy Nancy, before Fancy Nancy. (Or maybe FN is Eloise trying to imitate Madeline - but that's another book review.) I like Eloise, because unlike a lot of kid's books these days (I thinking here of David Shannon's "No, David" in particular, and similar works), Eloise is unconventional and spunky throughout, and does NOT end up ultimately tamed by the adults around her. Do you think she grew up and became Auntie Mame?
anneofia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"The Absolutly Eloise" consists of the original story, "Eloise;" and some "Rawther interesting" bonus material - "The Story of Eloise" as told by Marie Brenner, and "The Story of Hilary Knight;" An evolution in the illustrator's own words and pictures. Anyone who loved "Eloise" and likes to know the backgrounds of favorite stories will really enjoy this book. I'm only sorry it doesn't include the other "Eloise" stories.
bookworm12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'd heard of Eloise, but had somehow missed the book until now. It's delightful! The little, sassy kiddo runs wild in the Plaza Hotel, where she lives, causing mischief out of boredom. My favorite part, other than the hilarious illustrations, is Eloise's descriptions of the people she's closest to, her nanny, the maid and the hotel manager. She describes their quirks and flaws with the innocence as only a 6-year-old can do. This copy also includes fun extra bits about the author and the creation of the character, which adds to the enjoyment of the book.
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this picture book. It's about Eloise, a six-year-old girl who lives in the Plaza Hotel with her nanny, her turtle Skiperdee, and her dog that looks like a cat, Weenie (and her mother, who we never see). Did I mention that she was feisty? She loves to play pranks and sneak into all sorts of places where she's not supposed to go, and cause general grief and turmoil for the poor employees, who love her anyway. You can't help but fall in love with her mischievous grin and quick imagination. The author does an excellent job conveying Eloise's attitude and child's world through the text. "Egg cups make a very good hat" - my husband and I are always imitating that line. The illustrations are in black and white, with touches of pink. They perfectly capture Eloise's saucy tone, and display her loose-limbed body in hundred of wild configurations, with facial expressions to match. It will make you laugh out loud. This is a wonder of a book to read aloud, and I can't wait until my girls are old enough to read it with me.
mbrockington624 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eloise is a precocious little girl who lives at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The story follows Eloise though the adventures (and misadventures) of her life in the Plaza; a typical day includes everything from ordering a single raisin from room service to watching the debutantes ¿prancing around.¿ Thompson perfectly captures the eager, breathless, non-stop chattering of a young child telling someone about their day. The illustrations done in black, white and pink are charming and full of little details that children will love to explore. This book is a good fit for early readers, who will enjoy following along and laughing at Eloise¿s exploits.
timothyl33 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun book for kids, though for me I couldn't stop thinking that Eloise might need some Valium for her ADD.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the hilarious story of a little girl living in the Plaza Hotel and running (or ruining) everything. Eloise has many adventures and knows everyone and everything about the hotel. This book is written as though Eloise is talking about her life: her dialogue skips everywhere.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is something unlikeable about Eloise, even though she is abso. adorable. I never read this book as a child, so my first exposure was when I was in my twenties (I think I read it for a children's fiction class in library school?). I initially felt very negatively about Eloise - she's entitled and a spoiled brat - there's no comeuppance or lesson about how good she has it compared to others. She just runs around the Plaza Hotel causing mischief and mayhem, getting away with it, not feeling sorry, and then starts all over again the next day.Okay, I reread it just recently and I feel a lot more positively about her. I'm not sure why, though! The illustrations are absolutely vital to conveying the adorableness of Eloise - the text does not do her justice. Her face really shows her character - she's bored, she's grumpy, she's got a perpetual, "Yeah, I did that. So?" expression that is fabulous! She's sometimes sweet and loving and very childlike, while sometimes her face shows a maturity and an incongruous ironic adult humor. The limited color palette - pinks and blacks - is perfect for her. Most of all the illustrations convey the movement, the action, the lively spirit of Eloise - it's all very endearing. The text is overlong and the author's insistance on three-times repetition is weird and distracting, but the basic story of Eloise and her life in the Plaza is a cute one.So yes she is spoiled and entitled and sometimes annoying. But that's okay. I love her anyway!
lorsomething on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After the Herdmans (Worst Christmas Pageant Ever), Eloise is the first kid I ever really wanted to know. I laughed all the way through this one.
Schuman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story of Eloise, a rich girl living with her Nanny in the Plaza, while her parents are away away on business.I liked the whole book but I especially liked the fold out elevator, it was fun to track her movements up and down.It is a very interactive book.
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DichterPR More than 1 year ago
Classic! I'm surprised anyone would think otherwise. Just a riot!