Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ella by Mallory Kasdan

EllaIf you are a fan of the children’s classic, ELOISE, then you should enjoy ELLA by Mallory Kasdan.

This charming parody features the adventures of spunky six-year-old Ella who lives at The Local Hotel. She has a dog named Stacie, a fish named Rasta, and a nanny named Manny who has tattoos for sleeves.

Ella shares her daily adventures with readers in this updated version of hotel living. Geared toward readers ages 5 to 8 years old, ELLA will also delight readers of all ages with her trendy insights.

The author has created colorful and entertaining characters to share in Ella’s life. Maverick, the rooftop bar bouncer, and Topher, the hotel’s Artist in Residence, are part of Ella’s daily life.

Illustrator Marcos Chin does a wonderful job capturing Ella’s journeys. The beautiful illustrations are colorful and will hold readers’ attention as the story unfolds.

ELLA is a fun book the whole family will enjoy.

Ella by Mallory Kasdan, Illustrated by Marcos Chin, Viking Books for Young Readers, @2015, ISBN: 978-0670016754, Hardcover, 56 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


Mallory Kasdan is a writer and voice actor. She writes about parenting and culture and does voice-overs for television and radio. ELLA is her first book. 

Mallory lives in Brooklyn with her family-unfortunately not in a hotel. Read her essays and listen to her voice work at www.mallorykasdan.com. Follow her on Twitter @MalloryKasdan.


Marcos Chin is an illustrator living in Brooklyn. His drawings have appeared in magazines, book covers, and advertisements in the USA and around the world. 

Whenever possible he tries to sneak his two dogs, Shalby and Rita, into his drawings. Marcos teaches illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Visit him at www.marcoschin.com.

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope this charming book caught your attention. Would you like to live in a hotel rather than a house?

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  1. It does sound like fun.
    I like living in a house - but would love, love, love the clean sheet fairy to visit daily.

  2. What Elephant's Child said - nothing like clean sheets. Book sounds cute.
    Dogs six, cats two.

  3. That sounds like a lot of fun, Mason. And I am always a fan of anyone who gets children hooked on reading.


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