The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery

By: Graeme Base


As in Base’s hugely popular bestseller Animalia, his lush, intricately detailed illustrations in The Eleventh Hour comprise a sort of visual hide-and-seek. The rhyming text and lavish illustrations each provide clues, and it’s up to the reader to piece them together and decide whodunit!

The Eleventh Hour
 is a brilliant, rigorous, creative romp that no child (or adult) should miss.

Product Description

When Horace the elephant turns 11, he celebrates in style by inviting his exotic friends to a splendid costume party. But a mystery is afoot, for in the midst of the games, music, and revelry, someone has eaten the birthday feast. The culprit could be any of a number of exotically costumed animal guests, from a pig dressed as an admiral to a pair of giraffes in tutus to a zebra gone punk.

The fun of poring over the artwork for hidden messages and significant clues is matched by the joy of a birthday as described in the text—witty, clever, laugh-out-loud verses that are just as unusual, surprising, and full of life.

It will take a clever sleuth to deduce the thief’s identity. But don’t worry, you can sneak a peek at the top-secret solution if you need to. No, it won’t be easy, but the joy in a Graeme Base book can be the thrill of the chase.

Whether your child is a huge fan of the international sensation Animalia, has read all the Graeme Base picture books, or is new to the worlds that Base creates, this beautiful, full-color book will bring joy to bedtime, story time, a rainy day, or anytime!

Additional Information

Weight .4 kg
Dimensions 11.7 × 8.7 × .5 in



Graeme Base

Published Date



Abrams Books for Young Readers




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