A clever parody about a little girl living in a hipster hotel.
This is ELLA. She is six years old. She lives at the Local Hotel. She has a nanny called Manny. He has tattoos for sleeves and he might go in with some guys to buy a grilled cheese truck. Sometimes Ella weaves purses out of Ziploc bags and reclaimed twine. (She is artsy of course.) She has a dog named Stacie and a fish named Rasta and a scooter which is important for getting everywhere she needs to be. Altogether she has been to 62 events including that Hillary Clinton fundraiser. She is NEVER bored. If Ella and Kay Thompson’s Eloise got together for a play date, they would have a very good time indeed.
About the Author
Mallory Kasdan is a writer and voice actor. She writes about parenting and pop culture, and does voiceovers for television and radio. ELLA is her first book. Mallory lives in Brooklyn with her familyunfortunately NOT in a hotel. Read her essays and listen to her voice work at www.mallorykasdan.com.
Marcos Chin is an illustrator living in Brooklyn. His drawings have appeared in magazines, book covers, and advertisements in the USA and around the world. Whenever possible he tries to sneak his two dogs, Shalby and Rita, into his drawings. Marcos teaches illustration at the School of Visual Arts, in New York. Visit him at marcoschin.com.
What People are Saying About This
Praise for Ella:
"An entertaining spoof."--School Library Journal
"Ella's mischief and cadence (and Kasdan's minimal punctuation) ring thrillingly familiar. . . . Her self-descriptions are hilarious; the text winks with merry self-awareness. . . . For hipsters of all ages."--Kirkus Reviews
"Kasdan name checks urban standbys from edamame to Zumba, while fellow first-timer Chin’s funny full-color vignettes of a multicultural downtown scene and a heedlessly energetic child are loving tributes to Hilary Knight’s originals."--Publishers Weekly
"If you’re an Eloise fan, you must take a peek at this parody. . . . Share it with your favorite hip parents. Keep it for yourself. Whatever you do, just get it."--Bustle
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ella By: Mallory Kasdan A modern day look at life in an urban hotel told from a six-year olds point of view that obviously has a famous and wealthy mother. Students will love the endless contemporary references. This multi-cultural picture has so many classroom possibilities: Reading • Comparing/contrasting to Eloise. • Character development and inferring character traits. • Comparing/contrasting Ella’s life to our own life. • Although Ella seems happy with her life…what does she really want and thinking about the clues Mallory Kasdan leaves for the reader. Writing • Generating small moment ideas. The book is filled with so many ideas for students of all ages to relate to. • Ella has important people in her life that many students would not consider to be their “go to” adults. Who are our students “go to” adults and why? The adults may be different but the reasons are probably similar. • What are the positives/negatives of having a famous parent? • Explain the meaning of Manny’s quote, “We are everything and nothing too.” Ella is sure to capture students’ attention because it is so “hip” in the written language: iPad, caller ID, Wi-Fi, Bono, Zumba, texting, chillax, but also with the illustrations: skinny jeans, dachshunds, scooters, skirts/leggings just to name a few.