Ella

Ella

Book - 2015
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In this modern-day parody of Kay Thompson's Eloise, a six-year-old girl named Ella charms and terrorizes the very hip city hotel where she lives.
Publisher: New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), 2015
ISBN: 9780670016754
0670016756
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm

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mmcbeth29
Aug 20, 2015

SUMMARY: This is a "parody" of the Eloise books. Ella is a six year old modern hip version. She lives at the Local Hotel which is rather run down. She has an iPad and cell phone, gives fist bumps, scooters around the hotel and does yoga. She has a nanny she calls Manny because he is a man. His arms are completely tatooed, he plays guitar and he drinks beer. She has a female tutor who wears bootie shorts. She orders up whatever she wants whenever she wants and in the end she drops a whole watermelon from the roof deck.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations are the highlight of the book. They are very colorful, nicely detailed and fun.

THE GOOD: There are some definitely funny parts to this story and some of the modern takes were interesting. I did like the multicultural aspect.
THE NOT AS GOOD: This book does not closely resemble the spirit of Eloise's personality. Plus, Ella's personality did not come through because the focus was more on the background elements. And why is this rich little girl living in what appears to be a slum hotel? The beer drinking and bootie shorts were also not appropriate (even if accurate) in a children's picture book--thus the two stars instead of three. This book had great potential, but fell short for me.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Ages 8-11 due to more mature content

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IrishMoon
Apr 10, 2015

If your goal is to raise a superficial child who has no regard for anyone else, this is the book for you...if not, I strongly advise you that you skip this book. Once again, with this book I was reminded why I should always read a new book myself PRIOR to reading with my child. I kept waiting, hopefully, for there to be a redeeming ending, but it never came. Although the highly indulgent parents finally put their feet down over 1 things, the spoiled child never did "get it".

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mmcbeth29
Aug 20, 2015

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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Nov 02, 2014

Green_Cat_117 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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