ella book coverReviewed by Christen Krumm

I have always loved Kay Thompson’s sassy, precocious Eloise–the little girl that lives in the Plaza (can I live in the Plaza?). Mallory Kasdan has written a cheeky parody updated for the girls of today.

Ella is an urban child who lives at the Local Hotel. She has an iPad and is always bugging the Desk Clerk about the Wifi. The bell boys have beards and wear skinny jeans, and she hangs out with Maverick, the bouncer for the rooftop bar. Ella has a Manny (male nanny) with tattoo sleeves, who plays guitar and makes films. Her dog’s name is Stacie who is every bit as diva as Ella (Stacie is a  dachshund who rides in a purse). Ella also has a pet fish named Rasta. Ella’s bedroom is huge (I want her bedroom) with a loft bed and a rainbow. She does yoga, and she and Manny always have a cup of coffee in the morning. They eat room service and she has adventures with her American Girl dolls. Ella is just as “charming” to all the hotel guests as Eloise is to the Plaza guests.

Ella is the Eloise for the twenty-first century. Mallory Kasdan has created a fun, modern six-year-old. Marcos Chin’s illustrations are spot on, almost making me want to frame the pictures of this book as artwork. Parents that are fans of Eloise will want Ella—while parents will enjoy the similarities and updated version of Eloise, kids will love Ella’s modern day adventures and be captured by the illustrations.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Christen is a ravenous reader, wanna be author, Litfuse Nester, and slightly addicted to coffee. Lives in Arkansas with her husband and three mini people. Connect with her at her blog: http://ChristenKrumm.com or Twitter @ChristenKrumm.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Tandem Literary. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.