Knight, Hilary. Hard Cover. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999. Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
Illustrated by Hilary Knight. New edition. Inscribed by Knight to front pastedown. Publisher's pictorial paper boards in the matching pictorial dust jacket with Knight's illustrations. A fine copy, personally retained by Knight after publication. Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown Ups is the first book in Kay Thompson's series featuring the rambunctious child protagonist Eloise, a resident of the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Eloise, like the author herself, is vivacious, charming, and spunky; Thompson herself was an actress and singer, as well as one of the first women to wear fashionable pants - a bold move in the 1940s. Indeed, while many cite her goddaughter Liza Minnelli as an inspiration for the character, Thompson insists that she, also a resident of the Plaza, largely based Eloise on herself. The other novels in Thompson's series feature Eloise in a series of adventures and include Eloise in Paris (1957), Eloise at Christmastime (1958) and Eloise in Moscow (1959).