The Eleventh Hour / Graeme Base
Last year, I shared our family's favourite picture books. The Eleventh Hour* just missed out on inclusion. This had little to do with the book being inferior to those selected, and a lot to do with the ages of my children.
If I were to write that list again now, it would definitely feature.
The Eleventh Hour is my all-time favourite Graeme Base book. And I'm thrilled that my daughter now enjoys it too.
Horace the Elephant is turning Eleven. He plans a Grand Affair (a Fancy Dress one, of course), and cooks a Fantastic Feast for the Guests to enjoy after a morning of Games.
Base's artwork is legendary, but his rhymes and rhythm are no less amazing. I like that he doesn't tone down the language and choose the simpler word just because he's writing for children. He assumes - rightfully so - that children will understand from context, and learn new words in the process.
I had the pleasure of meeting Base (briefly) at Melbourne Zoo earlier this year. I took our collection of books to sign for the kids. And he signed most of them for the kids.
But I had him write this one to me. Because, well, you know. I got it for my eleventh birthday once upon a time, and I ain't giving it up!
Have you or your children read The Eleventh Hour? What did you think?
And do you have any recommendations for future reviews?