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Curious Mystery of the Eleventh Hour - Signed

Base, Graeme

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ISBN 10: 0810908514 / ISBN 13: 9780810908512
Published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, NY, 1989
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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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

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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.

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Synopsis:

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.

Review:

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)

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