Creator / Graeme Base

Graeme Base is an Australian author and illustrator. He writes picture books with large detailed illustrations that contain many clues and bonus details for the observant.

His books include Animalia, The Eleventh Hour, The Sign of the Seahorse, The Worst Band in the Universe, and Jungle Drums.

Animalia inspired a TV series of the same name.

Graeme Base's works provide examples of:

  • Art Evolution: Compare the people in Animalia to his more recent works.
  • Battle of the Bands: The Worst Band in the Universe
  • Culture Police: The Worst Band in the Universe is set in a society with strictly-policed ideas about what's acceptable in music.
  • Exact Words: In The Eleventh Hour, every party guest denies being responsible for stealing Horace's birthday feast, and a clue near the end confirms that they have all told the truth—yet one of them is still the culprit. The final solution explains that Kilroy the Mouse was correct when he gave his denial in the form 'one mouse could never eat it all' - he let in 111 fellow mice as accomplices and they stole and ate it together.
  • Guide Dang It: The complex puzzles in The Eleventh Hour provoked many such a moment. Originally you had to send off for an answer booklet, in later editions this was included with the book.
  • Jungle Drums: Jungle Drums
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Truck Dogs features dogs with vehicle body parts.
  • Red Herring: The Eleventh Hour, a mystery story, features many clues in the illustrations, some of which are red herrings. There's also at least one literal red herring.
  • Try Everything: The final solution to The Eleventh Hour is unlocked by decoding a message on the last page using the first letter of the culprit's name as an alphanumeric cipher. The answer book acknowledges it is perfectly possible to brute-force the answer (especially since there are only 11 suspects and the leap of logic would suggest the 11th letter of the alphabet) but both it and several hidden clues near the end of the story advise that the reader will have more fun if they use observation and deduction to find the culprit first.