Enigma by Graeme Base
A Magical Mystery

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Bestseller Graeme Base harks back to his classic New York Times bestselling solve-the-mystery story The Eleventh Hour in an all-new book that will “puzzle” and entice young readers.


Enter a magical world in this warm, funny, and enduring story about the special relationship between a grandson and his grandpa—and their love for magic.


Bertie Badger loves to visit the Retirement Home for Elderly Magicians and watch his grandpa perform magic tricks. But one day all the magicians’ props go missing, so Bertie sets off to investigate. Can he solve the mystery in time to save the show? This clever book will engage readers as they are challenged to solve the mystery along with Bertie, discovering where the missing props have gone by using a decoder included with the book that reveals the mystery.   Graeme Base, creator of Animalia and many bestselling and beloved books for children, conjures up an inventive, irresistible tale.   F&P level: S

About Graeme Base

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Graeme Base is one of the world's leading creators of picture books. His alphabet book, Animalia, received international acclaim when it was first published in 1986 and has sold more than two million copies. Graeme lives in Melbourne, Australia.
Published January 1, 2008 by Penguin. 48 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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Bertie Badger undertakes a magical mystery tour to recover a cache of missing props.

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Publishers Weekly

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Akin to The Eleventh Hour , this über-puzzle of a picture book asks readers to crack codes and find hidden pictures, all in aid of solving a mystery relayed in rhyming quatrains.

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Common Sense Media

Graeme Base's stunning picture books have long been favorites of kids and critics alike due to illustrations that are infused with color and boast enough detail to keep kids busy perusing the pages for days.

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