Item description for Eloise Takes A Bawth by Kay Thompson & Hilary Knight...
Overview Six-year-old Eloise loves to take a bath, which is bad news for Mr. Salomone and the elegant people gathering below in the Plaza's Grand Ball Room for the charity event of the season, a Masked Ball.
Publishers Description It's bath time for Eloise in this picture book starring everyone's favorite precocious Plaza Hotel resident. ELOISE has been celebrated at the PLAZA, in PARIS, at CHRISTMASTIME, in MOSCOW. Now ELOISE takes a plunge in the BAWTH.
Citations And Professional Reviews Eloise Takes A Bawth by Kay Thompson & Hilary Knight has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Ingram Children's Advance - 10/01/2005 page 39
Publishers Weekly - 09/23/2002 page 72
Kirkus Review - Children - 10/01/2002 page 1482
School Library Journal - 12/01/2002 page 110
Horn Book Magazine - 01/01/2003 page 63
Booklist - 12/01/2002 page 679
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2002 page 56
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2003 page 96
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2003 page 56
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Studio: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.14" Width: 8.04" Height: 0.46" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Oct 22, 2002
Publisher Simon & Schuster
ISBN 0689842880 ISBN13 9780689842887
Availability 0 units.
More About Kay Thompson & Hilary Knight
Kay Thompson (1909-1998) was a flamboyant musical performer on stage and screen, as well as author. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and died in New York City in July 1998. Hilary Knight has illustrated for magazines such as "Good Housekeeping," "Cricket," and "McCalls." He drew the pictures for all four classic Eloise books.
Reviews - What do customers think about Eloise Takes A Bawth?
What a brat! Mar 15, 2008
This book is particularly silly. She is such a brat. I don't know that I really like these books as they are so far from how we live and the values I want my children to have. The parents are never around and she gets in so much trouble without regard to anyone else. I don't think we will be reading any more of these books. Recommended for 4-8 years.
The final Eloise story completely misses the boat. Apr 28, 2003
Americans have the mistaken belief that stories _about_ children are necessarily _for_ children. This was good for Kaye Thompson, though, because the "Eloise" books were most-often bought by adults for children.
But they're hardly kiddy-lit. A sophisticated child might appreciate Eloise (I did), but for the average child, Eloise is little more than a bad role model.
She's spoiled, self-absorbed, bratty -- and gets away with it, because she knows what most children don't realize until they've become parents: the most-important thing you can do as a child is to disrupt the adult world. It doesn't matter that you're punished for it, if you've inflicted pain and confusion on grown-ups.
Eloise is _not_ the child hiding in every adult, but rather the child many adults wish they had been - doing whatever they like, then secretly snickering, because they know their parents aren't going to enact any _meaningful_ retribution. Unlike most children, Eloise isn't sufficiently intimidated by adults to be worried about the consequences of her acts.
I've been an Eloise fan "forever," so I eagerly anticipated "Eloise Takes a Bawth." Alas, it doesn't come close to the "originals." Once you know the hotel is throwing a grand Venetian ball, the title's import becomes all too clear. The book slogs its wholly predictable way to a completely foreseeable ending. Eloise might be full of surprises, but this story isn't.
The preceding books were about _attitude_, not _plot_. "Eloise Takes a Bawth" is almost all plot, and a poor one at that. Is it any wonder that Kaye Thompson suppressed it? It's a shame her family and publisher didn't respect her judgement.
Eloise "completists" will want "Eloise Takes a Bawth" for their collection, but they are warned -- ...
Who says bawths can' be fun? Mar 11, 2003
About a little girl(Eloise), who is forced into taking a bath, in order to be clean for the Grand Ball. She spends a lot of time in the bawth, pretending to be a boat racer, a skier, and a surfer. She keeps filling the water up, and ends up flooding the whole bathroom. Her room happend to be just above the Ball room. Everyone at the ball is wondering how water is getting all over the place. They all think that one of the hotel's pipes has sprung a leak. Her father, one of the people who are important at the ball, comes up to her room to get her, and realizes she was causing all the water to be in the ball room. First she is in trouble, but then her father looks at what has happend to the Ball Room. It is a pretty good story with an ironic ending.
Funny! Dec 9, 2002
I have been read Eloise since I was five years old and she never gets boring. This book is an excellent edition to the continious saga of Eloise. How can you do anything but love this precocious little girl? This is a great book for children, and adults will love it to.
Eloise Takes a Plunge..... Nov 19, 2002
There is nothing so refreshing, so enlivening, or inviting, there is nothing so delicious as a bawth. Eloise, that irrepressible and precocious nymph, just about sinks the Plaza Hotel as she splawshes, dives, plays and swims in the tub, tub, tub of her penthouse bawthroom. Drips, drops, leaks, and waterfalls begin to spout all over the building, and the manager, Mr Salomone is beside himself as he watches all his hard work on the Venetian Masked Ball, to be held that very evening in the Grand Ballroom, turn wet, soggy, and almost float away. "ELOISE/thanks to you/the Plaza's through through through/flooded floor to floor/stem to stern/door to door/The Venetain ball's a bust/Come down with me/I want you to see/the mess you've made!" But has Eloise's bawthtub antics really ruined the ball? No, of course not. In her own inimitable way, she's actually saved the day, and the Venetian Masked Ball turns out to be the sensation of the social season..... Written in the early sixties, though never published, Kay Thompson's Eloise Takes A Bawth finally makes its long-awaited debut with the help of playwright Mart Crowley and the stunning and imaginative artwork of her long-time collaborator, Hilary Knight. Ms Thompson's engaging and lyrical text is filled with her trademark energy and wit. But it's Mr Knight's captivating artwork that really steals the show. Each bold and busy pen and ink illustration is rich in subtle color, brilliant, eye-catching detail, and marvelous facial expressions, and youngsters will want to linger and explore every inch of each fun-filled page. Especially noteworthy is a dazzling four page fold-out of the masked ball in all its New York, social scene glory, and a creative and playful look behind the walls, at the Plaza's intricate plumbing system. Perfect for kids from 4 to 94, Eloise Takes A Bawth is a veritable feast for the eyes and ears, and a treasured masterpiece to read and share with friends and family now, and future generations in the years to come. "Now Eloise's forty-year bawth is finally drawn. Soak away."