Eloise is a precocious little girl who lives at The Plaza Hotel in New York City and makes every day an adventure – and also plenty of trouble for all the adults around her. She is six years old and never gets bored. Her activities include braiding her turtle Skipperdee’s ears, making a hat out of a Kleenex box (or an egg cup or a piece of cabbage), ordering room service (including raisins for Skipperdee, of course), and riding the elevators up and down. She has a pug named Weenie, and a British nurse called Nanny who talks talks talks about taking a “bawth.”
I loved this book in elementary school and still do. Hilary Knight’s illustrations capture Eloise’s tantrums and hilarious exploits perfectly in black and white and shades of red. A favorite page is the pull-out of Eloise’s escapades on the elevator.
Check out the sequels to the original, as well as easy readers and DVD’s for more fun with Eloise! Also, if you’re ever in the “Big Apple,” you can go see a portrait of Eloise at the Plaza.