Sometimes self-awareness gets turned into pitch perfect satire like Portlandia, and sometimes it gets sculpted into a witty and wonderful parody like Mallory Kasdan’s new children’s book, ELLA. ELLA is a re-imagining of Kay Thompson’s Eloise, this time with the smart, highly evolved and lovable six-year-old urban girl living in a place she calls The Local Hotel. It’s a place, Ella tells us, that has a door “with no obvious signage.”
Today you can finally meet the ELLA: “the amazingly illustrated, totally hilarious, very modern parody of Eloise.” by Mallory Kasdan and illustrated by Marcos Chin. Bustle says, “Share it with your favorite hip parents. Keep it for yourself. Whatever you do, just get it.”
She has a nanny called Manny. He has tattoos for sleeves and he might go in with some guys to buy a grilled cheese truck. Sometimes Ella weaves purses out of Ziploc bags and reclaimed twine. (She is artsy of course.)
She has a dog named Stacie and a fish named Rasta and a scooter which is important for getting everywhere she needs to be.
Altogether she has been to 62 events including that Hillary Clinton fundraiser. She is NEVER bored. If Ella and Kay Thompson’s Eloise got together for a play date, they would have a very good time indeed.
On Sunday, January 25th from 3:00-5:00 you can catch ELLA’s book launch at Powerhouse Arena in DUMBO!