Enigma: A Magical Mystery
Bestseller Graeme Base harks back to his classic New York Times bestselling solve-the-mystery story The Eleventh Hour in an all-new book that will “puzzle” and entice young readers.
Enter a magical world in this warm, funny, and enduring story about the special relationship between a grandson and his grandpa—and their love for magic.Bertie Badger loves to visit the Retireme
The story is simply enough - but really that is not the point of this book.
You can't help comparing the puzzles to the classic Eleventh Hour... What I loved (and was fist-thumpingly frustrating) about Eleventh Hour was that you would determine the cypher to one set of codes, and it would simply point you to another challenge. This book does not have that level of complexity - once you find the cypher to the code the ans ...more
I'm a huge fan of Graeme Base and this is another delightful read. There are clues on every page amidst the gorgeous illustrations, a code to be cracked and the hidden props to find ...more
Each page has a hidden animal you have to find as well as nine hidden paw prints. At the end of the book is a secret code you have to decipher using clues in the pages of the book. I admit that I couldn't find the clues without looking at the publisher's note ...more
When a magician usually has an item disappear, he knows exactly how to make it reappear. That is not the case for poor Grandpa, so his grandson, young Bertie begins to hunt for the thief. His journey takes him to several friends of grandpa’s who are also missing items and Bertie returns without finding the character responsible for all of the missing items. The mystery is solved when grandpa’s rabbit reappears and explains he is responsible for taking the items. The story ...more
I love the detail that Base hides in his pictures, little animals, paws, it's always something - and always fun. I wasn't quite as wowed by this as the Eleventh Hour, but the the Bison and Panda might be two of my favorite Base pages. The rhyming was cute, but also not quite as successful as some of his other books ...more
I really enjoyed this story and the mystery solving the reader does. The illustrations are wonderful and hold hidden clues as to "who did it". I think children will enjoy hearing this story or reading it as they become involved in the detective work.
He was born in England but moved to Australia with his family at the age of eight and has lived there ever since. He attended Box Hill High School ...more