The Eleventh Hour

The Eleventh Hour

A Curious Mystery

Book - 1989
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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.
Publisher: New York : Abrams, 1989
ISBN: 9780810908512
Characteristics: [32] p. : col. ill. ; 31 cm


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cals_lneale Jan 21, 2016

Horace the elephant invites all his friends over for a birthday party, but the feast has mysteriously disappeared. Follow codes & clues hidden throughout the illustrations to discover the curious truth.

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JCLTamiT Nov 07, 2017

I loved reading this when I was younger. I wish I could go back to not knowing the answer to the mystery!

Apr 17, 2017

I love this book! The riddles and puzzles are so fun to try to figure out. Can you figure out the mystery before the end of the book? A fun read for older kiddos.

SaraLovesBooks Oct 10, 2016

My family and I had a lot of fun reading this story together, and trying to put the mystery together. It is not a story to do alone.

The illustrations are amazing. The story moves along at a great pace, with clues on every page to help the reader figure out what the solution to the mystery is. This book was the first of Graeme Base's I ever read, and I love it!

forbesrachel Dec 13, 2012

A real mystery for children. Namely the book is about the party games the characters play, so again Base adds a fun element, although with a sleuthing twist. In each image are hidden clues to be found, these can be mixed up letters, or codes to unscramble. Unfortunately children will need help from their parents, and even many adults will find this difficult. There are several ways to solve the mystery, and fortunately at the back of the book is "The Inside Story", which explains all the clues, and reveals the culprit.

Jul 24, 2010



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May 28, 2012

A whodunnit, where's waldo kind of story. I took it out for my 6 year old but I think he might still be a bit young for it, and he's also not into whodunnits. Maybe as the other user said, it'd be best for a child who's slightly older.

Written as a rhyming poem, it was so much fun for me to read. I really enjoyed that there were historical references that children in the age range could learn something from, so it's not just another pointless poem.


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