Is that you, Eleanor Sue?
Book - 2018
Saturdays are dress-up days when Eleanor Sue climbs out the window ... tiptoes over to the front door ... and rings the doorbell. When her mother answers, she doesn't see Eleanor Sue. She sees a cranky old neighbor. Or a hungry witch. Or a white-bearded wizard. Eleanor Sue is a master of disguise, but when her mother gets in on the act, along with Grandma, anything can happen.--
On Saturdays, Eleanor Sue plays dress-up. After donning a dress and wig, she climbs out her bedroom window, tiptoes to the front door, and rings the bell. Her mother answers it and meets "Mrs. McMuffins, your new neighbor," who accepts an invitation for tea. Twenty minutes after she leaves, the doorbell rings again and Eleanor Sue's mother invites a small witch in for lunch. After a succession of visitors (wizard, bear, delivery person, cat), Momma playfully complicates the game, first by trying to fetch Eleanor Sue to meet the cat, and next by dressing up in her own disguise. The conversations between the mother and her daughter-in-disguise are charming, as the child begins by imitating adult chatter, laces it with increasingly high-flying fantasy, and in the end, engineers her own return to reality. While the text is gently amusing, the artwork is downright captivating. Tusa's expressive ink drawings, washed with delicate colors, suggest the settings and portray these lovable characters with energy, warmth, and wit. A winsome picture book that's sure to inspire imaginative play. Preschool-Grade 3. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
Disguised in an impressive bouffant wig and a green dress, Eleanor Sue climbs out her bedroom window, knocks on her own front door, and introduces herself to her mother as Mrs. McMuffins, a new neighbor. Eleanor's mother has lots of time and a deep well of patience, and she invites her visitor in for tea. But that's just the beginning: throughout the day, Eleanor's mother opens her door to a witch, a wizard, and a bear; accepts a delivery of flowers from her own garden; greets a cat; and at last answers the door in a costume of her own. Imaginative but never too precious talk shared between mother and daughter underscores realistic character play ("I wore my shoes right through, ma'am," Eleanor-as-delivery-person says as her mother proffers a footbath), and Eleanor's hints at the personas to come reward alert listeners. Artwork by Tusa (Follow Me) in a palette of rose, sienna, and green offers instant accessibility to the characters' emotions and all the warmth of the Sunday funnies. Eleanor's mother takes obvious delight in her daughter's inventiveness in this celebration of creative play, simple pleasures, and bighearted love. Ages 4–8. (Dec.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
PreS-Gr 1—On Saturdays, little Eleanor Sue likes to plays dress-up. As she puts on each new disguise, "she climbs out of her bedroom window, tiptoes over to the front door, and rings the doorbell…" Her mother answers and cheerfully plays along with her daughter's whimsy, saying "Well, hello. Can I help you?" Appearing as a new neighbor Mrs. McMuffins, a witch, a wizard, a bear, a delivery person, and a cat, Eleanor Sue's costumes culminate in dressing up as her grandma, only to find out that her mom dressed up as Grandma too! To add to the confusion, the real Grandma comes to visit, causing Eleanor Sue to finally appear as herself. Tusa's signature ink-and-watercolor (and "turnips, twigs, and raindrops" per the front matter) illustrations perfectly complement the lighthearted tone with plenty of humorous details. VERDICT A sweet, charming tale perfect for fans of dressing up, this is a strong selection for most libraries.—Yelena Voysey, formerly at Pickering Educational Library, Boston University Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.
On Saturdays, Eleanor Sue dresses up as anything from a neighbor to a bear, climbs out her window, and rings her front doorbell, but this time, her mother is getting in on the fun.Review by Publisher Summary 2
A little girl who plays dress-up to fool her mother every Saturday dons disguises and rings the doorbell, but when her mother gets in on the act, along with Grandma, anything can happen.Review by Publisher Summary 3
A fun-loving little girl who plays dress-up to fool her mother every Saturday dons disguises and rings the doorbell, hoping not to be recognized, a habit that becomes riotous when her grandma turns the tables. By the award-winning creator of Follow Me.Review by Publisher Summary 4
Saturdays are dress-up days when Eleanor SueClimbs out the window . . .Tiptoes over to the front door . . .And rings the doorbell. Ding dong.When her mother answers, she doesn’t see Eleanor Sue. She sees A cranky old neighbor. Or a hungry witch.Or a white-bearded wizard.Eleanor Sue is a master of disguise, but when her mother gets in on the act, along with Grandma, anything can happen in this whimsical picture book by award-winning author/illustrator Tricia Tusa.