Eleventh Hour, 1989 first edition by Graeme Base.


Written and illustrated by Graeme Base. First US edition, 1989. (First published in Australia, 1988.) Harry N. Abrams, Inc. New York, A Times Mirror Company.

An Agatha Christie-inspired whodunit for kids!

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"When Horace the elephant turns eleven, he celebrates in style by inviting his friends to a splendid party. Fine music, games, and the promise of a magnificent feast prepared by Horace himself (everyone knows elephants are the world's best cooks) make this costume gala a most special event. But little does Horace know that when the partygoers gather for the banquet, a curious mystery will be revealed. None of the eleven animals is above suspicion when the clock strikes the eleventh hour!"

The mystery? Somebody ate Horace's feast! Who did it?! Kids will find hidden messages and clues to the mystery in rhymes and wonderfully detailed illustrations inspired by animals that Base and his wife saw in their travels. The solution - the Top Secret Inside Story - in the back of the book is still sealed, as shown in the photos.

Condition: Very Good/Very Good. Dust jacket: Light shelf wear; on the back, small closed tear on fore edge, scratch near spine. Illustrated cover boards: On the back, corresponding scratch near spine. Name on front fly leaf else pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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