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From Barnes & NobleA 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