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Title:
Ella
Author:
Kasdan, Mallory, author.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), 2015.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
"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"--
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Ages 4 up.

AD 730 Lexile.
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ISBN:
9780670016754
Format :
Book

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Summary

A clever parody about a little girl living in a hipster hotel. This is ELLA. She is six years old. She lives at the Local Hotel. She has a nanny called Manny. He has tattoos for sleeves and he might go in with some guys to buy a grilled cheese truck. Sometimes Ella weaves purses out of Ziploc bags and reclaimed twine. (She is artsy of course.) She has a dog named Stacie and a fish named Rasta and a scooter which is important for getting everywhere she needs to be. Altogether she has been to 62 events including that Hillary Clinton fundraiser. She is NEVER bored. If Ella and Kay Thompson's Eloise got together for a play date, they would have a very good time indeed.


Author Notes

Mallory Kasdan is a writer and voice actor. She writes about parenting and pop culture, and does voiceovers for television and radio. ELLA is her first book.  Mallory lives in Brooklyn with her family--unfortunately NOT in a hotel. Read her essays and listen to her voice work at www.mallorykasdan.com.
 
Marcos Chin is an illustrator living in Brooklyn. His drawings have appeared in magazines, book covers, and advertisements in the USA and around the world. Whenever possible he tries to sneak his two dogs, Shalby and Rita, into his drawings. Marcos teaches illustration at the School of Visual Arts, in New York. Visit him at marcoschin.com.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

What if Eloise was a hipster-in-training and lived in a chicly gritty boutique hotel, instead of the venerable Plaza? While some of Ella's unrepentant mischief directly descends from her forebear ("I have to go through the halls and collect `Privacy Please!' signs from the doorknobs"), she's a full-fledged child of this century, with her Wi-Fi demands and endearing male nanny, who has "tattoos for sleeves" and "might go in with some guys to buy a grilled cheese truck." Debut author Kasdan name checks urban standbys from edamame to Zumba, while fellow first-timer Chin's funny full-color vignettes of a multicultural downtown scene and a heedlessly energetic child are loving tributes to Hilary Knight's originals. But does it work as a children's book? Eloise did because the line between adults and children couldn't have been clearer, and WASP-y social mores were ripe for pint-size insurrection. Ella, however, is surrounded by grownups who are running as fast as they can from staid maturity. When everyone is in touch with his or her inner child, the one real kid becomes just another face in the crowd. Ages 5-up. Author's agent: Rebecca Gradinger, Fletcher & Company. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-This modern takeoff on Kay Thompson's Eloise (Penguin, 1956), the iconic book about an irrepressible six-year-old and her adventures at the Plaza Hotel, centers on Ella, an equally precocious young black girl who lives at the Local Hotel in Brooklyn with her male nanny (Manny). Kasdan follows her source material closely, matching Eloise's stream-of-consciousness narration and updating it with current references ("Here's some other stuff I'm into/Flossing/Meditation/Zumba/Drum circles/Mani/Pedis") and liberally injecting nods to hipster culture, such as Manny's sleeve tattoos and aspirations to own a grilled cheese food truck. Chin departs from Eloise illustrator Hilary Knight's frenetic black-and-white cartoon style, infusing Ella with color, both literally and figuratively (Kasdan's work is far more racially diverse than Thompson's), and going for a flatter, almost pop-art look to illustrate his caricaturelike cast of characters. Ella herself is straight out of The Hipster Handbook, sporting a thick belt and skirt over black leggings and an oversize necklace. As with Thompson's book (originally subtitled A Book for Precocious Grown Ups), many of the jokes will go over children's heads ("[Manny] says `My hair is an extension of my philosophy'/I say `My hair is an extension of my head'"). However, while Eloise balanced its sophisticated humor with its protagonist's appealingly sassy voice, this text is dominated by references to modern culture that seem more likely to entertain self-aware twenty and thirtysomethings than kids. Though this entertaining spoof makes for a fun read for those who grew up with Eloise, children are better off sticking with the original.-Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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