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The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base
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Sep 28, 10

bookshelves: all-time-favorite, childrens-lit, mystery, art-illustration
Recommended to Megan by: Judy
Recommended for: children
Read in September, 2010 — I own a copy, read count: 20+

My mom bought this book for my sisters and I after the illustrations caught her eye in a local bookstore. She brought it home, and we had a lot of fun reading it together, pouring over the beautiful illustrations, and trying to decipher the mystery.

When Horace the elephant turns 11 he throws himself an elaborate birthday party, and invites all of his other animal friends to join in the fun. There are games, costumes, and of course an elaborate feast that Horace himself had prepared. Unfortunately, as the 11th hour draws near, the guests are disappointed to learn that the feast has already been eaten. Through a series of clues, the reader is left to discover who stole the feast.

Author/illustrator Graeme Base pulls out all the stops in this book, which is full of mysterious clues, scrambled sentences, riddles, and hidden characters cleverly placed in the beautiful art. Hands-down one of my all-time favorite books for kids.
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