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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, und Eloise Takes a Bawth.
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.
It’s Eloise’s sixtieth birthday—though she’s still not a day over six. Celebrate both her birthday and Christmas with this sweet holiday classic that now comes with a CD narrated by the brilliant Bernadette Peters!It’s absolutely Christmas, but I don’t mind a bit. I give everyone a present for that’s the thing of it. So when it’s everly Christmastime, and you’re under your Christmas trees, simply tinkle a bell and have a trinkle, and remember, me Eloise! Deck the halls of The Plaza Hotel with tinsel and holly, singing fa la la la lolly with the very special little girl who lives there—Eloise! Eloise’s fans—young and old—will love, love, love this new book & CD edition narrated by the talented Bernadette Peters!