Eloise and the Very Secret Room – Lisa McClatchy author, Tammie Lyon illustrator

91lobzmecsl   Eloise and the Very Secret Room – Lisa McClatchy author, Tammie Lyon illustrator, Simon Spotlight, 9781481467506, 2016

Format: Hardcover Beginning Reader

Rating: 2

What did you like about the book? I enjoyed reminiscing and rediscovering Eloise, originally created by Kay Thompson and illustrated by Hilary Knight in the 50’s. Her independent spirit remains, though her stratified world at the Plaza Hotel is harder to imagine. Eloise and Skipperdee, her turtle have fun in the hotel’s Lost and Found Room. She joyfully engages her imagination with all the hats and ties. The illustrations are wonderful. The “Ready-to-Read” aspect will encourage new readers to discover Eloise again.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Capturing the imagination and impish side of childhood is fun, but Eloise’s tests the outer limits with her Nanny in unsafe ways. Reading this book together with your child is best so some issues can be further explained, like running away, hiding and breaking rules in the context of the surroundings.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Grandparents that loved Eloise as a child.

Who should buy this book? “Ready to Read” children and their parents

Where would you shelve it ? “Ready to Read” sections

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Diane Neylon, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 

Date of review: 11/23/16

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