Eloise Decorates for Christmas – Lisa McClatchy author, Tammie Lyon Illustrator

91cbiplcbvl  Eloise Decorates for Christmas – Lisa McClatchy author, Tammie Lyon illustrator, Simon Spotlight, 9781481467476, 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 embodies the impulsive, impish nature of a precocious child, during Christmas. Eloise and her story endings always reflex this enthusiasm with the “love, love, love’ phrase that tries to explain her unorthodox actions.  The “Ready-to-Read” aspect will encourage new readers to discover Eloise again.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The book celebrates the magic of Christmas, the holiday tree and the frenzied actions of the season. Sometime Eloise crosses the line with her misbehaving.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Grandparents that loved Eloise as a child, Parents looking for a Christmas book.

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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