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Review: Ella

February 28, 2015


Six year old Ella is an “urban child.”  Her mom’s in the entertainment industry so Ella is generally left in the care of her nanny.  They live in an upscale hotel where Ella is “hotel-schooled” and pretty much has free rein of the hotel.

Ella by Mallory Kasdan is a parody of the popular Eloise books and, I’m sorry to say, I had mixed feelings about it.

The Good:

  • This book is full of diversity, including a male nanny.
  • Ella is clever, entertains herself well, and says she’s never bored.
  • The illustrations by Marcos Chin are fantastic.

The Not-So-Good:

  • The book is recommended for ages 4 and up but I don’t think youngsters will understand much of it.
  • Ella is given a lot of freedom and her lifestyle (including texting) is beyond most 6 year olds.

In the end, Ella was okay for me.  I think those who have fond memories of Eloise will appreciate the book more than children so it should be marketed toward adults.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Tandem Literary.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
13 Comments leave one →
  1. February 28, 2015 6:44 am

    Ella sounds like one hip six year old!

  2. Beth F permalink
    February 28, 2015 7:34 am

    Bummer. I don’t mind precocious kids, but this one sounds a little over the top

  3. February 28, 2015 7:36 am

    Yes, the minute I read the first paragraph I thought of Eloise!

  4. Diane (@bookchickdi) permalink
    February 28, 2015 8:01 am

    I like the cover illustration.

  5. February 28, 2015 8:40 am

    I liked it, but I agree with you. Adults would probably be attracted to the story but I’m sure the kids would enjoy it too, especially the illustrations.

  6. February 28, 2015 11:39 am

    Interesting! It sounds like a fun nostalgic update for Eloise fans. I’d give it a flip-through.

  7. March 1, 2015 9:59 am

    Hmmm… it does sound like the book doesn’t fit the age. Cute cover!

  8. Patty permalink
    March 1, 2015 4:53 pm

    Well the diversity would be good?

  9. March 1, 2015 5:55 pm

    Bummer that there is so much good diversity but that the book isn’t too good.

  10. March 1, 2015 6:31 pm

    My daughter and I haven’t read this one yet, but she is excited about it. She is definitely not six, though.

  11. March 1, 2015 7:54 pm

    If Gage is texting at 6 I’m in big trouble!

  12. March 2, 2015 11:46 pm

    Agree- better marketed to parents than kids, but quite entertaining!

  13. bookingmama permalink
    March 3, 2015 6:58 pm

    Very interesting reaction — I tend to think I’ll agree with you when I get around to reading it!

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