Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Eleventh Hour, by Graeme Base

The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery
by Graeme Base
32 pages
New York: Harry N. Abrams
ISBN 9780140561609

Horace the Elephant hosts 11 friends for his 11th birthday party... but someone eats all the goodies! Can you figure out who it was?

Told in verse, this mystery story lets the reader play detective by navigating the hidden clues in both text and illustration. The fancifully-dressed animals enjoy the costume party, until a terrible theft is uncovered. Who ate up the birthday feast while guests were playing games? Was it the sly Cat, the musical Crocodile, or the obvious suspect -- the Pig? Cryptic messages and visual clues will inform the observant readers, who get to puzzle out the code at the end of the book to find out whether they've guessed right! Too sophisticated (and possibly frustrating) for the K-5 set, this challenge in codebreaking and close reading is suitable for 6th-and 7th-graders.

Author Info
Media: acrylic paint


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