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The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery [Hardcover] by Base, Graeme

Graeme Base

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ISBN 10: 0810908514 / ISBN 13: 9780810908512
Published by Harry N. Abrams, 1989
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1989 Hardback without dustjacket. New Condition. Sealed. Minimal shelfwear to book & cover. SKU-6137944 1989-09-01. Bookseller Inventory # SKU-6137944

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Title: The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery [...

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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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.

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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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