Singable Picture Books Illustrated by Hilary Knight
Posted August 20, 2010on:
An excellent list of books illustrated by Hilary Knight, here:
Hilary Knight’s pictures are an indelible part of my life.
When I was a kid, my mother was buyer for L.S. Ayers, a department store in Indianapolis, Indiana. This was the mid-1980′s when retail was king and the store sent my mother to New York City for what seemed like a week out of every month. She came home with stories of the Big Apple, which almost always included a trip the Plaza Hotel for a drink or lunch or tea in the Palm Court or the Oak Room and to visit with Hilary Knight’s portrait of Eloise.
My mother got a copy of “Eloise at Christmastime” when she was a girl and it certainly inspired her love of New York, which in turn inspired mine.
Hilary Knight is the illustrator of many wonderful Singable Picture Books.
He is probably most famous, however, for illustrating the books about Eloise, a 6-year-old girl who lives at the Plaza with her Nanny and pets and who generally drives grown-ups around her crazy! Eloise, the character, was created by the great artist Kay Thompson.
(Kay Thompson in her famous night club act. Andy Williams and his brothers were her back-up singers!!)
The Plaza Hotel does wonderful things to honor Eloise and her creators. They’ve just opened an Eloise Suite (designed by the wonderfully outrageous Betsey Johnson) where you can stay (empty your bank account) with your family and spend the night.
(The Plaza Hotel in New York City)
The Plaza recently posted a video on of Hilary Knight, sitting in front of his iconic portrait of Eloise which hangs just outside the Plaza’s equally iconic Palm Court restaurant, telling the story of how Eloise came to be.
To see the video (and the Plaza’s wonderful Eloise offerings), just click here and scroll down to play the video:
Click here for a terrific site about Eloise:
Words and Music by Kay Thompson
Another YouTube, this one by live performers singing in the Eloise Shop at the Plaza Hotel:
Click here for a transcript of the lyrics, wonderful!
Dear Mr. Knight!
Please make a book of this song!!
Love, Eloise and her mom, Emily
A wiki about Hilary Knight here:
A wiki about Kay Thompson here:
My mom said to me once, “If you ever have a little girl, you should name her Eloise.” Unfortunately my mom did not survive to meet her, but I’m sure my mom would have been pleased to know we did exactly as she suggested.
My grandmother Penny was a 2nd grade teacher (at John Strange Elementary School in Indianapolis) for 30 years, and she read many wonderful books to my sister and I when we were young. I particularly loved the hilarious cures for bad behavior in the MRS. PIGGLE WIGGLE books (written by Betty McDonald and illustrated by Hilary Knight).
HILARY KNIGHT IS RAWTHER AT THE PLAZA