Writing is like cooking, if you spill something, you should make it look like part of the act.
–John Keeble–

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery

Author: Graeme Base
Title: The Eleventh Hour
Publishing information: Harry N. Abrams, September 2003, Age 9-12
Number of Pages: 32
Genre: Picture book

Summary of Plot: For Horace’s eleventh birthday he invites eleven friends, makes Eleven treats and they play eleven games. At the Eleventh hour they go into dining hall to eat, but all the food is gone. So Horace makes sandwiches and they have a picnic.
But there is more to this book than that; throughout the book are clues to solve the mystery of who at the food. The pictures are filled with color and details.
Your Reaction to the book: I loved each picture, each page because they were filled with so much detail. I liked that each animal is dressed up and the costumes were well crafted to the character.
Potential Problems: there are a lot of words in this book for it being a picture book, and it takes a while to get into the story because you have to get through all of it before you understand why the author used some words or pictures as he did.
Recommendations: for all ages, I think anyone could enjoy this book. whether it was read aloud or silently.

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