Reading/Interest Level: Preschool
Author: Lisa McClatchy
Illustrator: Tammie Lyon
Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks
Eloise is going to the dinosaur museum with her tutor and her nanny. Eloise loves dinosaurs! She also loves vexing her tutor. At the museum, Eloise mimics her tutor and misbehaves by “decorating” and touching the exhibits. She sees many dinosaur bones, including the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Eloise has a fun time at the museum!
Eloise is quite a feisty child. Although she causes havoc in the museum, Eloise does not get punished or told her behavior is inappropriate. Furthermore, her nanny and tutor are made to seem incompetent. Kids and parents will get a good laugh out of the book, but they may also need to talk about proper behavior. The illustrations are bright, colorful, and endearing. The text is very appropriate for an early reader: the words are repetitious and easy to read. A great level one early reader.