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The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery Paperback – Large Print, Sep 1 1997


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (Sept. 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140561609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140561609
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 23.4 x 0.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #171,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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When Horace turned Eleven he decided there should be Some kind of celebration. Read the first page
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By M. Molnar on March 5 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the one that started it all. Like wildfire in my Elementary School, this puzzle book was extraordinary and became very popular. As with his other books, they are no less admirable when encountering them after childhood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katie Nana mystery lover on Nov. 2 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is one amazing book! Illustrations, poetry, decoding all in one tome. Reading the review by batesrj I find s/he may have missed the point. Reading and discussing this book with your child(ren) might be one incredible adventure for all. Many years ago my son, age 12-13 at the time, and I began reading the book together about 7 p.m. in the evening. He and I loved playing games and this was a wonderful opportunity for something new. Decoding is always a fun challenge and he loved to create messages in code. We thought we would do a few pages each night. Little did we know how much fun decoding this mystery would be. Never opening the secret packet, we worked non-stop and solved the mystery about 2 or 3 in the morning! We still laugh and talk abaout the fun we had so long ago. I agree a child might not bbe able to decipher this alone, but working with a parent or other friends is a great way to encourage reading and collaboration. I even recommended this book to our school's GATE teacher who invited me to the class to discuss and work with her students.
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Format: Hardcover
Perfect for the curious and inquisitive child, the Eleventh Hour was one of my favorite books as a kid, I enjoyed every day it took me to solve the mystery, running with glee to my mom or dad every time I found a new clue, or solved another piece of the puzzle.
So when I wanted to buy some books for a neice who loves to read the Eleventh Hour was at the top of my lengthy list. She has enjoyed the book and solved the mystery pretty quickly for an 8 year old, and even solved she still loves to spend hours looking through the book at its beautiful illustrations and try to find more hidden clues to the mystery.
This is most certainly the perfect book for any imaginative and curious child!
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By A Customer on Feb. 19 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is a fun book to read! It has very detailed illistrations. It is about an 11 year-old elephant who wants to invite his animal friends to his birthday party. He has a grand feast, but no one can eat it until the Eleventh Hour. To take up the time they play games. When it is time to eat the feast, they find that the food has vanished! You have to solve the mystery to find out who stole the feast. It is a fun and challenging book. It keeps your mind working!
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Format: Paperback
While the illustrations are superb and disovering some of the clues can be great fun, solving all them is arguably impossible. For those who happen to be well schooled (certainly not children) in obscure areas of knowledge, it may be possible, but not likely given that the author makes one significant error (see page where animals discover feast is missing) and takes such liberty as making up some, but not all of the hieroglyphics (very misleading). Some COULD be deciphered, one, for the letter Q would be an extremely fortunate guess. Morse code can be translated online but will not be within casual reach of many children. The author has some brilliant ideas that are just not well suited for his intended audience. As an adult book, the conclusions are challenging, if not impossible in certain areas due to the aforementioned, however, children can certainly enjoy it if they are not frustrated by the unlikelihood they will solve the mystery based on solving each of the author's clues. If they enjoy the possibility of a correct answer based on guesswork and solving the occasional clue, it may be very enjoyable for them.
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Format: Paperback
This is still one of my favorite childrens books, I remember pouring over the highly detailed paintings of Graeme Base trying to pick out the clues in each and every one of the pictures. I recomend this book to anyone with children, I haven't met one who didn't like it!
It's also a wonderful gift for parents of smaller children because they can still have much fun along with their children trying to pick out every single clue to deduce the hungry guest really is.
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By Laura on Nov. 17 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is such a great book for children. I first read this book when I was in the 2nd grade (1992). I loved it. Around my freshman year of high school I started thinking about the book again and was trying to find it. I didn't have a title or an author so it was complicated! I'm now a sophomore in college and I just found the book!! I just ordered a copy. What I'm getting at is, the book is definitely one that will stick with you. Unforgetable. The illistrations are incredible. Great book for any child OR adult!
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By A Customer on June 3 2003
Format: Hardcover
Definitely, without a doubt, one of the best books for children (or anyone really!) who loves animals and mysteries out there. I first saw this book in 6th grade, when my class had this mystery unit and we all read this book. It was incredible! I was blown away by the awesome art work and wonderful story line, I couldn't get enough of it. And now I'm out of school, into college, and I still think about this book from time to time. It will leave an impact on you and your children, or pupils, or whoever, I guarantee it. You'll never forget this book. I know I didn't, I'm going to order a copy!
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