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Overview

ELOISE
has
been
celebrated
at
the
PLAZA,
in
PARIS,
at
CHRISTMASTIME,
in
MOSCOW.
Now ELOISE
takes
a
plunge
in
the
BAWTH.

Six-year-old Eloise loves to take a bath, which is bad news for Mr. Salomone and the elegant people gathering below in the Plaza's Grand Ball Room for the charity event of the season, a Masked Ball.

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A Los Angeles Times Book Review Best Children's Book of 2002

The Barnes & Noble Review
After 40 dry years, a new book starring the Plaza Hotel's famous resident splashes into the spotlight with text pieced together from Kay Thompson's drafts, all-new illustrations by Hilary Knight, and a huge RAH RAH RAH from fans!

Eloise is just as rambunctious as ever. When Nanny announces that Mr. Salomone is coming for tea and that "we must be clean as clean can be," Eloise makes way for the bathroom, where she reaches out to "fling on all of these faucets and handle all of these handles." But after she turns on the water and starts her "bawth," Eloise forgets all about turning off the taps and sings a sweet ode to bathing, letting her imagination run wild with pirate and mermaid fantasies. Unfortunately, though, the old Plaza begins to leak water through its cracks to the floors below, causing a few mishaps in the suite of a well-do-to guest and creating some worries for Mr. Salomone's Venetian Masked Ball setup. After Eloise gets dressed and Mr. Salomone vents his anger, the three march down to the ballroom, where, surprisingly, the "sensation of the social season" is merrily underway.

Eloise fans will thank their lucky stars for this book. Not only is it as hilarious as her previous adventures, but the creators have taken us back 40 years with that breezy, playful Eloise feeling and style. Mart Crowley has done excellent "plumbing" work, and Hilary Knight's illustrations are just as perfect as ever. It's a wonderful new visit to the Plaza, and no children's bookshelf will be complete without this little girl's memorable bath. Matt Warner

Publishers Weekly
Ever-irrepressible Eloise absolutely loves taking a bawth, and her devotees will absolutely love seeing her "splawsh, splawsh, splawsh" her way through a delightfully disastrous-yet ultimately propitious-time in the tub. "You have to be absolutely careful when you take a bawth in a hotel," announces the famous Plaza-dweller, who ignores her own advice and turns on all of the faucets ("Let that water gush out and slush out into that sweet old tub tub tub and fill it up to the absolutely top of its brim so that it can slip over its rim onto the floor if it wants to"). A judicious use of blue on Knight's trademark pen-and-inks traces the flow of water as it seeps from the penthouse through the floors of the Plaza Hotel into the grand ballroom, where workers feverishly prepare for the Venetian Masked Ball. Featuring two gatefold spreads, Knight's drolly detailed pictures depict the hotel's startled guests and employees as water gushes from such unexpected sources as elevator buttons and chandeliers. Oblivious Eloise, meanwhile, blissfully imagines herself driving a speedboat full throttle, water skiing and battling pirates in the Caribbean. A postscript (cleverly presented as a message in a bottle) explains that Thompson and Knight collaborated on this book 40 years ago, and it has been brought to light with the help of playwright Crowley. Since the buoyant art and humorously bubbly text surely rise to the level of its precursors, it's high time this book appeared, "for Lord's sake," as Eloise herself might say. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This delightful addition to the "Eloise" series has finally been brought to an eager public after forty years. Nanny wants Eloise to take a bath in her hotel suite because Mr. Salomone, the hotel manager, is coming to tea. Mr. Salomone needs to take a break from the hectic preparations for the Venetian Masked Ball in the "Grawnd Ballroom." Eloise delights in turning on all the faucets of the "grawnd" bathroom, as there is nothing so refreshing as taking a "bawth." As she imagines herself sailing on the ocean, a pirate on a ship, or a little mermaid swimming under the sea, the ceiling of the "Grawnd Ballroom" slowly begins to leak. Of course, right above the "Grawnd Ballroom" is the "grawnd" bathroom. The drawings are whimsical fun, with some pages folding out to display lively panoramic scenes. The inspiration for this story was rumored to be born in Kay Thompson's brain as she soaked in a hot tub in Rome! 2002, Simon & Schuster,
— Cheryl Peterson
School Library Journal
Gr 1 Up-Irrepressible Eloise continues to confound the staff of the Plaza Hotel with her imaginative and disaster-producing adventures. Nanny informs the mischievous child that she must take a bath as Mr. Salomone, "the sweetest old manager in this sweet old world busy busy busy with the Venetian Masked Ball in the Grawnd Ballroom tonight," is taking a much-needed break and coming for tea. The resulting elaborate pre-tub rituals and an endless soak full of pirates, motorboats, water skis, etc., create major plumbing problems that saturate the hotel and flood the ballroom. However, when Eloise is hauled off by the manager to confront the mess she has made, what do they discover but a highly authentic Venetian celebration complete with floating gondolas and wet but enthusiastic revelers. Knight's witty line drawings capture Eloise's wild imaginings and capricious personality and those fascinated with the underpinnings and plumbing of a huge hotel will find the myriad details fascinating. The two double-gatefold illustrations are awesome. The text and pictures wander all over the page in perfect imitation of this cantankerous heroine. As in her previous adventures, the language is quirky and sophisticated, sometimes difficult to follow, and probably more appealing to adults. A "rawther" necessary purchase where Eloise is wildly popular.-Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Proving herself once again more Force than Child, Eloise wreaks watery havoc upon the Plaza Hotel in an episode announced nearly 40 years ago but never published. Has it been worth the wait? "For Lord's sake," need you ask? After Nanny imprudently tells her to draw her own bawth, Eloise immediately locks the door and embarks on an all-taps-full-on adventure that takes her from ocean's bottom to a battle with Caribbean pirates-and sends water pouring between floors to gush from every fixture, threatening to wash out the Grawnd Ballroom's Venetian Masked Ball. Working from his original sketches, Knight creates splawshy close-ups of the self-absorbed six-year-old bounding balletically about a variety of imagined settings, interspersed with cutaway views of lower floors peopled by soggy guests and panicked hotel staff. The pages are so brilliantly conceived that readers will need to share bawth after bawth just finding the jokes and noticing something new with each soak. When Mr. Salomone, the manager, invites Eloise to tour the destruction, a mahvelous double gatefold opens to reveal-a whirl of floating gondolas, extravagantly costumed performers, and delighted (or at least urbane) guests. Thanks to Eloise, the Ball is the social season's high-water mark. And she knows just what to do about the five-million-dollar repair bill, too: "I'd absolutely charge it." Here's the extraordinary extrovert at her very grawndest (and most destructive); rare is the reader who won't be up for repeat dives into her upper-crust, never-humdrum world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689842887
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/22/2002
  • Series: Eloise Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Hilary Knight

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.

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 2 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.

Biography

Hilary Knight's career as a children's illustrator changed forever when he was introduced to Kay Thompson, who had an idea for a book about a six-year-old girl she had made up as a sort of alter ego. Knight sent Thompson a Christmas card with a drawing; the two cloistered themselves in a room at the Plaza, and Eloise was born. Her 1955 debut was a smash.

Knight has been in the press as Eloise's de facto representative since Thompson passed on in 1998 and her titles were freed for republication. But his contribution to children's literature is vaster, and his talent for creating evocative, singular illustrations is peerless. His work on Betty MacDonald's Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series in the late 1940s, for example, was another case of his creating images that became inextricable from the stories; so much so that when Maurice Sendak took over the job for one Mrs. Piggle Wiggle title (Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Farm, 1954), even that legendary illustrator's work seemed somehow unsatisfying. Knight had already left his imprint on the job with the flowing lines that had brought the story to life, seemingly drawn by MacDonald's words themselves.

In the MacDonald books, Knight lent his drawings of oval-faced, pixie-ish characters a certain ethereal quality, so that they often appear to be floating or vibrating. He accomplished the same conveyance of mood for the Eloise books, giving everything – especially the stringy-haired, peripatetic Eloise -- a sense of swanlike exuberance. It was with the Eloise titles that Knight had an opportunity to expand his art's relationship to a story; and the detail and scope evident in those books is often breathtaking and delightful. His work for other authors, including the The I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken (for adults) and Sunday Morning by Judith Viorst, shows his versatility.

Though he has primarily been known as an illustrator for other writers, Knight has also had sole billing on a few titles of his own. The best known of these is Where's Wallace, featuring an orangutan antecedent to Waldo, and it's an excellent example of Knight's ability to create a virtual circus (or, in this case, zoo) on the page. He has also revived classics such as Cinderella, The Owl and the Pussycat, and The Twelve Days of Christmas, all of which show a softer, more textured style than in his other books. His work is always magical and alluring.

Good To Know

Eloise's visual inspiration was from a painting that Knight's mother did in the 1930s. He had plenty of encouragement: He told Barnes & Noble.com, "I started as a craftsman in my early teens -- family friends were trapped into buying jewelry, paintings, and 'objects' even before they got to the safety of our living room."

Eloise has a sort of doppelganger in Ian Falconer's irrepressible pig, Olivia. His Olivia and its sequels earned a coveted book blurb/blessing from Knight: "Eloise has met her match! We love Olivia!"

Knight's parents, Clayton Knight and Katherine Sturges, were successful illustrators also. Knight attended art school but his studies were interrupted by World War II, and he enlisted in the Navy. After almost two years of service, he began working as a magazine illustrator.

The origin of Eloise's dog Weenie, according to Knight in a 1999 Newsday article, came from one of Thompson's notes on the story that she gave to Knight before he began work on it. "I was intrigued by pugs long before Eloise. Kay gave me a piece of paper that read, 'I have a dog that looks like a cat,' and my original drawing was neither dog nor cat. It obviously wasn't right. Just about then the Duchess of Windsor began collecting pugs - at that point the Windsors were taken seriously as arbiters of fashion."

Well into his 70s, Knight says he is "still standing, with a pen in my hand." He reserves special admiration for fellow artist and renowned cariacaturist Al Hirshfeld: "[He] is my inspiration and should be to everyone. Here is a man at 100 whose work is consistently terrific."

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 1, 1926
    2. Place of Birth:
      Long Island, New York
    1. Education:
      Studied at the Art Student's League and the New York School of Interior Design

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    Posted March 26, 2003

    Here's what I love....Eloise! Get this book on the dub-dub-double!

    Eloise is my new hero. And 'sklathe' is my new favorite word! You can't help but get silly and sound British when you read this aloud. My 3 y/o daughter loves to say 'Bawth' and 'Nawny' (For Nanny)and order things on the dub-dub-double (playfully). The thing that is so magical about these books is the way the author captures the wild imagination of children. Especially those who get lots of unstructured play. I use these books to remind myself of what it's like to let your imagination run free! It's such a joy to read a book without a message such as 'liking yourself' (Eloise would be baffled by this QUESTION of self-love!)Eloise is just too busy admiring herself in the mirror, spying on those around her, loving everybody and elevating every mundane experience (e.g. taking a bawth)into a great adventure! This is pure entertainment. Here's what you do: buy the book!

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    Eloise--Better Than Ever!

    My two daughters enjoy these Eloise books like crazy

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