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Eloise by Kay Thompson, Hilary Knight

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: 46,800
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 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story and illustrations but too difficult to read on my Color Nook. In order to read the captions of the illustrations, I had to enlarge the screen, then had to resize to normal in order to turn the page.
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
Eloise was my favorite when I was younger, & I cannot wait to share her stories with my little girl. Definitely a must have for any child's library!
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!
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DichterPR More than 1 year ago
Classic! I'm surprised anyone would think otherwise. Just a riot!
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I love this book it is great
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