Before Lost had us pausing and rewinding our DVRs, there was The Eleventh Hour, a mindfuck of a children's book by the artist Graeme Base. The plot revolved around the seemingly innocent birthday party of Horace the Elephant, which took place on 11/11 at 11 o'clock in the morning, for eleven guests, including a tiger, a zebra, a mouse, and - my favorite - twin-sister giraffes. (Naturally, Horace was turning - yes - eleven years old.)
But once you turned the pages, you realized each illustration was packed with hints, codes, secret languages, and a terrible twist: Horace's sumptuous birthday feast was stolen, and only by unraveling each page's mystery could you possibly find the culprit. There was also a sealed portfolio in back of the book that revealed (almost) all of the secrets Mr. Base had concocted.
If you obsessed over this book as a child, it might be time to revisit the illustrated mystery, which will prove as fascinating and sly for your grown-up eyes as it did in your 4th grade bedroom. And if you've never seen The Eleventh Hour before, we highly encourage you to check it out - with the warning that, much like Lost, you won't be able to stop twisting your brain for at least forty minutes.
And on that note - seriously - did any Eleventh Hour fans ever figure out the name of the Swan?!