The Eleventh Hour

ThThe Eleventh Hour Book Covere Eleventh Hour: A Courious Mystery
Graeme Base
New York: Puffin, 1988.

“A book is read, a story ends, a telling tale is told.
But who can say what mysteries a single page may hold?
A maze of hidden codes and clues, a clock at every turn,
And only time will tell what other secrets you may learn…”

This is the set up for this curious mystery that starts on the title page.  This book has glorious drawings and is rich in detail. There is so much detail that you can get lost looking for all the hidden information.  I am glad the author added the “inside story” to the back of the book. I re-read the story this morning.  It is luscious, just like Horace’s feast.  I had forgotten that along with the wonderful drawings, it is was written in rhyming verse.  With the rhyming verse, the items to look at, find, and discuss this was a perfect book for Alexis and Sarah.

Spoiler alert!  If you want to solve all the puzzles in this book yourself, don’t read the next paragraph.  While it doesn’t say outright who stole the feast, it does give you a clue.

This was Alexis’ original contribution to Elijah’s little library.  Unfortunately, our bookstore didn’t have it in stock on the day I shopped. It sill might appear on Elijah’s bookshelf in the form of a birthday or Christmas present.  I couldn’t find our copy so I ordered this one.  When it came and Alexis spotted it, she was so happy!  “I love this book!”, she crowed. “I remember sitting in my bed with paper and pencil determined to solve the puzzle and find all the mice.  I sat there until I solved it and figured out who stole the feast.”  I asked her how long it took her to solve the puzzle and she doesn’t remember.  She doesn’t think she ever found all the mice. I started looking for the mice this morning.  It takes persistence, patience, and very sharp eyes!

About the author: Graeme Base

Who wouldn’t like a guy whose favorite childhood books were The Lord of the Rings trilogy!  They are some of my personal favorites! This author lives in Australia with his family.  He decided to be a writer so he could draw and write what he wanted.  He gets his ideas from traveling or from everyday happenings.  His trip to promote his book Animalia gave him ideas for The Eleventh Hour, a book he once described as “an Agatha Christie-type mystery in pictures—without any murders.” I think this is why Alexis loves this book so much, she is a mystery lover.1,2

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