Who is Eloise?

Eloise is the irreverent and irrepressible fictional heroine of Kay Thompson’s classic book series.


First published by Simon & Schuster in 1955, Kay Thompson’s Eloise, with hilarious illustrations by Hilary Knight, was an overnight sensation.

Over sixty years later and not a day over six, Eloise is so good at being bad, that she has earned respect, respect, respect of precocious adults everywhere. She’s the impish child in all of us.

Eloise is a self-assured child who lives in a luxurious hotel in New York, The Plaza.

She is looked after by her British nurse, Nanny, and has two beloved pets: a dog named Weenie and a turtle, Skipperdee, for whom she calls room service and orders “one roast-beef bone, one raisin and seven spoons” and insists that they “charge it please!”.

She has her own language with endless monologues, and a rawther enormous imagination. She’s the uninvited guest at all functions, a terror to mail carriers, and the unessential little helper to the entire hotel staff.

If something is amiss, Eloise usually has a hand in it.

Kay Thompson

Kay Thompson (1909–1998) was a singer, dancer, vocal arranger, and coach of many MGM musicals in the 1940s.

The Eloise character grew out of the voice of a precocious six-year-old that Miss Thompson put on to amuse her friends.

Collaborating with Hilary Knight on what was an immediate bestseller, Kay Thompson became a literary sensation when Eloise was published in 1955. The book has sold more than two million copies to date.

Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight created four more Eloise books, Eloise in Paris, Eloise at Christmas, Eloise in Moscow, and Eloise Takes a Bawth.

Hilary Knight

Hilary Knight, son of artist-writers Clayton Knight and Katharine Sturges, was educated at the Art Students League, where he studied with Reginald Marsh.

Besides the Eloise books, Hilary Knight has illustrated more than fifty books for children, six of which he wrote himself.

He lives and works in New York City, not far from The Plaza Hotel.

Meet Eloise and Her Friends

Eloise is so lucky as she has so many great friends and she’d love for you to meet them!


Hello, this is me me Eloise. I am six. I am a city child.

I live in an enormously luxurious hotel in New York, thank you very much.

My absolute favourite colour is pink, pink, pink.

Here’s what I like to do, make things up.

Of course, getting bored is not allowed, so I go to as many parties as I possibly can, they are rawther festive.


This is who I live with, Nanny, she is mostly my companion.

She is English. Nanny would rawther that I didn’t talk talk talk all the time.

Sometimes I get terribly sick, and Nanny has to get up and pamper and spoil me for awhile.

Ooooo I just love Nanny I absolutely do.


This is my dog, Weenie, he looks like a cat.

I always know when it’s morning because Weenie breathes in my face and kisses me.

Together Weenie and me weigh 36 pounds.

Sometimes I put glasses on him, especially if we’re travelling. Of course, we always travel incognito.


This my turtle. His name is Skipperdee.

He eats raisons and wears sneakers.

The absolute first thing I have to do every day is braid Skipperdee’s ears otherwise he gets cross and develops a rash.

There are very few hotels or airlines that will allow you to have a turtle.

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