Eloise (1955 book)

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Eloise book cover.jpg
AuthorKay Thompson
IllustratorHilary Knight
CountryUnited States
Children's literature
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Publication date
June 19, 1955
July 10, 1969 (re-release)[1]
Media typePrint (hardcover and paperback)

Eloise (originally titled Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown-ups) is the first of the Eloise book series of written and drawn by Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight, respectively. It was published in 1955.[3] In 1969, the adult-oriented book was re-released as a children's book.[1] An audiobook version of Eloise, narrated by Bernadette Peters, was released in October 2015 to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the series. Again, the book was meant for "child at heart" adults looking for a good read. After the book and story were later bought by Disney and turned into a children's movie, it skyrocketed to success for both audiences. This was a major marketing point and strategy for children (mainly girls) books and learning on independence and recreational activities to do with parents. Later on, there were two additional movies made by Disney and Co. The first movie entitled Eloise at the Plaza was released on April 27th, 2003 as a spin off from the original book. Afterwards, Eloise at Christmastime was released on November 22, 2003. Although this film did not do as well in ratings comparatively to its predecessor, audiences still enjoyed the film, but admitted was geared towards children more than a general audience. Both films feature actress, singer, and performer Julie Andrews. [2]


On April 23, 2003, Eloise was adapted into a live-action made-for-TV film, titled Eloise at the Plaza, produced by DiNovi Pictures and Handmade Films for Walt Disney Television with distribution handled by ABC Television Network. It was released on both VHS and DVD in the same year by Buena Vista Home Entertainment. After the release of the first movie, Eloise at Christmastime was released on November 22, 2003 on VHS and DVD in the same year.


  1. ^ a b "Eloise by Kay Thompson". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b Gans, Andrew. "Bernadette Peters Will Narrate New Collection of "Eloise" Stories". Playbill. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  3. ^ Silvey, Anita. The Essential Guide to Children's Books and Their Creators. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. pp. 241–. ISBN 9780547348896. Retrieved 23 May 2015.

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External links[edit]

  1. ^ "Eloise At The Plaza". Disney Movies Official Website. Disney Movies. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Eloise at Christmastime". Disney Movies Official Website. Disney. Retrieved 9 April 2019.