Eloise is a brat on any continent

Kay Thompson hit the 1956 top ten with—of all things—a picture book about a child who lives at the Plaza Hotel. It’s sequel, Eloise in Paris, opens with the Eloise, enfant terrible, getting a cablegram: She’s going to Paris.

At six, Eloise can’t travel by herself, so Nanny accompanies her. Hilary Knight’s très agreable drawings show what happens on the trip.

Actuellement, what happens in Paris is that Eloise makes a nuisance of herself, pretty much as she does at home. In Paris, however, she gets to parler francais to show how clever she is.

Eloise is beaucoup de hyperactive, beaucoup de undisciplined, beaucoup de uncontrollable. Would you want such an enfant terrible in your maison? Mais non!

Normally, j’aime children’s books, but I don’t aime Eloise.

The best thing about Eloise in Paris (besides the illustrations) is that it’s short. For that I say, “Merci beaucoup!” Je ne sais pas how anyone could find Eloise amusing. I have an absolument desire to throttle the little brat.

Eloise in Paris is fun for adults, but I don’t recommend it for children. They might see Eloise as a role model, which would be rawther a disaster.

Eloise in Paris
By Kay Thompson
Drawings by Hilary Knight
Simon & Schuster, 1957
#6 on the 1957 bestseller list
My grade: D+

  © 2007 Linda Gorton Aragoni

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Linda G. Aragoni

I make big ideas simple for learners. In eight sentences, 34 words, I taught teens and adults to write competently. Now I'm writing guides to turn willing volunteers into great nursing home visitors.

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