Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I am Eloise I am six

by Kay Thompson and illustrated by Hilary Knight.

My favourite childhood book.

(Next to "Black Sambo" (which my mum had to read to me in Chinese as I didn't know any English when we first came to NZ...) anyhoo).

The book is written in the first person and narrated by Eloise herself, it doesn't contain any fullstops so when you read it aloud it's just like Eloise talking, or ranting, rather. Furthermore, it's full of amazing, cute and imaginative illustrations of Eloise's antics and vivid imagination. So, it may contain a few more words than desired by most children but it gets away with it because the words provide such entertainment whilst you get totally aborbed by the lively drawings - they are simple yet consuming.

So, here are some extracts from my fav book -

"Nanny is my nurse she wears tissue paper in her dress and you can hear it she is english and has 8 hairpins made out of bones she says that's all she needs in this life for Lord's sake Nanny says she would rawther I didn't talk talk talk all the time she always says everything 3 times like Eloise you cawn't cawn't cawn't sometimes I hit her on the ankle with a tassel she is my mostly companion..."

"I have a dog that looks like a cat his name is Weenie sometimes I put sunglasses on him then I have to scratch his back with a wire hanger I have a turtle his name is Skipperdee he eats raisins and wears sneakers The Plaza is the only hotel in New York that will allow you to have a turtle..."

"Here's what I like to do
Make things up
Here's what I hate
Peter Rabbit
Here's what I can do
Chew gum
Stand on my head for the longest amount of time
Stand on my toes
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..."


  1. LOVE IT.



  2. Ok hun, I'll see how my packing goes! Making the book can sit nice and tightly next to my degrees! Ahhh the perils of packing!

    Thanks Serg!! I appreciate the lovely comment :)