Stock Image
Curious Mystery of the Eleventh Hour - Signed: Base, Graeme Curious Mystery of the Eleventh Hour - Signed: Base, Graeme Curious Mystery of the Eleventh Hour - Signed: Base, Graeme

Curious Mystery of the Eleventh Hour - Signed

Base, Graeme

7,816 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0810908514 / ISBN 13: 9780810908512
Published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, NY, 1989
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
From Nan's Book Shop (IOBA) (Glen Ellyn, IL, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since February 1, 2010

Quantity Available: 1

About this Item

INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR - An elephant's eleventh birthday party is marked by eleven games preceding the banquet to be eaten at the eleventh hour, but when the time to eat arrives, the birthday feast has disappeared. The reader is invited to guess the thief. At the end of the book is a sealed 7-page "Inside Story" that gives the solution as well as detailed explanations of all the clues and puzzles in the illustrations. For detective types, if one determines who may have stolen the feast, there is a page on which the name of the thief can be used to decode a hidden message which tells one who stole the feast and how it was done. Inscribed on the ffep. The jacket has several large and small tears and wrinkles, repaired as well as possible. Includes a protective cover. The binding corners show minor to moderate wear; the spine tail is damaged. ; Folio - over 12 - 15" tall; Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 003668

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Curious Mystery of the Eleventh Hour - ...

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, NY

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover, Pictorial

Illustrator: Illustrated by Base, Graeme

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Fair

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

About this title


When Horace the elephant turns eleven, he celebrates in style by inviting his exotic friends to a splendid costume party. But a mystery is afoot, for in the midst of the games, music, and revelry, someone has eaten the birthday feast. The rhyming text and lavish, detailed illustrations each provide clues, and it's up to the reader to piece them together and decide whodunit! "The fun of poring over the pictures is matched by the enjoyment derived from the textwitty, ingenious verses." -- Publishers Weekly Graeme Base is the author of many award-winning books for children, including Animalia (Puffin), The Sign of the Seahorse, and most recently, The Discovery of Dragons.


Reading The Eleventh Hour is like running a marathon: one finishes exhausted but satisfied. Graeme Base, creator of the popular Animalia, has crafted another intricately wrought, gorgeously illustrated picture book, this time a mystery in verse. When Horace the Elephant decides to throw himself a party for his 11th birthday, he never suspects a crime will be committed by lunchtime. Who has stolen the birthday feast? As with any good mystery, everyone is guilty until proven innocent. The proof lies in the myriad clues embedded in each glorious illustration. Young sleuths will delight in decoding the complex messages that pop up in unexpected places.

Graeme Base used the buildings he saw during his travels through Africa, Asia, and Europe to design and decorate Horace's fantastic house. Astute readers may recognize Roman cathedrals, Scottish palaces, and stone carvings from India. Best of all, secreted in these walls are cryptic messages in Egyptian hieroglyphics, anagrams, and even Morse code to challenge the perceptive and deductive abilities of any reader "of tender years or long in tooth." The Eleventh Hour is a brilliant, rigorous, creative romp that no child (or adult) should miss. (All Ages)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

Nan's Book Shop is an online store. What this means for you is that our listings are current,and regularly being updated! We have an enormous number of books that are waiting to be listed, so if there's something you're looking for it's a good idea to leave a "Want" at Abebooks, or to contact us. We have a nice collection of children's books, as well as a variety of collectible books, biography, history, gardening, art books and lots of books I never heard of until they fell into my hands, which are usually out of print. Our store is in a former dentist's office in our home. You will receive a response from us within 24 hours if you send an email with a question or just to reserve a book.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

We want you to be happy with any book you order from Nan's Book Shop. If for any reason you are disappointed, please contact us. If you choose to return the book, you will be responsible for the shipping unless we made an error, such as sending you the wrong book or having a significantly different description. In that case we will pay shipping both ways.

Payments we accept: Paypal, checks, postal money orders, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover. We cannot accept wire transfers.

Shipping Terms:

Orders usually ship within 2 business days. Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know that extra shipping is required. We use the prices given to us by the United States Postal Service.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order Cash PayPal