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It’s Me Eloise: The Voice of Kay Thompson and the Art of Hilary Knight

Eloise has been called a force of nature: brazen, ill-mannered, and utterly appealing, the six-year-old terror of the Plaza Hotel. The girl Kay Thompson created in voice and Hilary Knight brought to life through illustration is at the heart of a new exhibition at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, It’s Me Eloise: The Voice of Kay Thompson and the Art of Hilary Knight, on view February 12 through June 4, 2017.

In addition to the Eloise franchise, Knight has showcased his pictorial skill in Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (1957), The Christmas Nutshell Library (1963), Beauty and the Beast (1963), Where’s Wallace? (1964), and Sunday Morning (1968). He is not only a popular children’s book illustrator, but also a successful graphic designer, having created many memorable magazine illustrations, record covers, and posters for Broadway productions—further evidence of his multi-faceted career.

The New York Times declared Eloise as “one of the most recognizable characters in children’s literature.” Eloise’s popularity remains as strong as ever. Whether Eloise is skipping through the hallways of the Plaza or travelling to Paris, her shenanigans and unerring confidence are unmistakable.

Knight knowingly warns, “[Eloise] is a free spirit and exceedingly nimble—just when you think she’s in the lobby, you hear from the elevator operator that she’s on the top floor. That’s Eloise.” But where can you find Eloise now? At The Carle, of course!


A 40-page illustrated catalog with an essay by curator Jane Bayard Curley is available in The Carle Bookshop.


Members Preview Reception: It’s Me, Eloise: The Voice of Kay Thompson and the Art of Hilary Knight

February 11, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm

As a valued Museum Member, be the first to see this blockbuster exhibition before it opens to the public.

5:00 pm Reception 6:15 pm Lecture by guest curator Jane Bayard Curley, Eloise: The Alice in Wonderland of the Atomic Age Members RSVP by Monday, February 6 to Jenny Darling Stasinos at (413) 559-6310 or

Everything Eloise

February 12, 2017 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Free with Museum Admission

Celebrate The Carle’s special exhibition It’s Me, Eloise: The Voice of Kay Thompson and the Art of Hilary Knight with a day of programs all about Eloise. Programs include:

  • Eloise-inspired projects in the Art Studio

  • 1:00 pm Getting Bored is Not Allowed! A grand gallery tour with Guest Curator Jane Bayard Curley

  • 2:00 pm From Dumpster to Diva: The Story behind The Plaza’s Stolen Eloise Portrait, with art conservator Lansing Moore


The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy.

Eric Carle and his wife, the late Barbara Carle, co-founded the Museum in November 2002. Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Since opening, the 40,000-square foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren. The Carle houses more than 13,000 objects, including 6,600 permanent collection illustrations. The Carle has three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country and Master’s degree programs in children’s literature with Simmons College. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call (413) 559-6300 or visit the Museum’s website at

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