I wanted to do something a little lighthearted and fun this week. My birthday tends to have that effect on me and with only 3 days to go I thought of a lovely little friend from my childhood I’d love to share with you.
While others were going gaga over Where’s Waldo, my heart was stolen by the amazing artist Graeme Base who blessed my life with The Eleventh Hour.
I remember going to Prairie Lights in Iowa City, Iowa, with my mother and brother and seeing this book on the shelf. I had to have it and so out came my chore/babysitting money. I cradled that book until I got it home and rushed up the stairs to dive into the colorful world. It was a case of love at first sight.
The illustrations and the gameplay that this book challenged me with led to one of the great unresolved mysteries of my life. At the end of the book there was a hidden panel sealed until you decided to open it and learn the secret behind the story. I read the book and explored the carefully crafted panels from cover to cover over and over again, but each time I reached the end I just couldn’t bring myself to break the seal and reveal the mystery.
Eventually, other books made their way into my life, but from time to time I think about that special book and I wonder what they kept behind that seal…
~ Marta C. Youngblood