The Absolutely Essential Eloise.

The Absolutely Essential Eloise.

THOMPSON, Kay; Illustrated by Hilary Knight.

Item Number: 5572

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1983.

Later printing of the first book in the author’s beloved Eloise series. Slim quarto, original illustrated boards. Signed by illustrator Hilary Knight on the front free endpaper. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

"I am Eloise. I am six", So begins the start of the famed first book by Kay Thompson's "Eloise". "At rehearsals of her act with the Williams Brothers, Thompson (who was a professional singer) prized punctuality. Then one day she was late. In a high, childish voice that she had never used before, she made her apology. One of her co-workers said, ‘Who are you, little girl?’ Thompson replied, ‘I am Eloise. I am six.’ The others joined in the game, each assuming a juvenile identity, and it became a regular rehearsal pastime" (New York Times). A book soon followed, three more were soon released.

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