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The Clock Without a Faceby Scott Teplin
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Weve buried 12 emerald-studded numbers—each handmade and one of a kind—in 12 holes across the United States. These treasures will belong to whoever digs them up first. The question: Where to dig? The only path to the answer: Solve the riddles of The Clock Without a Face!
The call comes in from the shadowy Ternky Tower: 13 robberies, one on each floor, all the way up to the penthouse, where obnoxious importer Bevel Ternky has been relieved of the numbers garlanding the legendary Emerald Khroniker, his priceless, ancient clock. Readers must conduct their own investigations, scouring detailed illustrations for hidden clues and knotty puzzles. All your answers can be found within this book: whodunit and how and where the real numbers are buried now.
Twelve—and only twelve—emerald-bedecked integers sleep somewhere in this nations soil. If you can find them, theyre yours to keep—and only this book can tell you where they are. So read the story carefully, and examine the illustrations closely. The race is on!
"Part The Westing Game, part Masquerade, this board book mystery lures readers in with its pentagonal shape, dry humor, and pages of intricate details. But the chief draw is the promise of — very real — buried treasure, with the clues to its locations hidden within the book. Narrator Gus Twintig plays an imbecilic Watson to the Holmes that is detective Roy Dodge. They are summoned to a 13-story apartment building to investigate a string of robberies: the emerald-encrusted numbers have been stolen from a clock belonging to owner Bevel Ternky, and his 12 tenants have also been burgled. Dodge and Twintig make their way down the building, interviewing bizarre residents in equally eccentric apartments (Sigfried Plumpjack's dwelling is a maze of hamster trails for him and his piano-playing hamster). The right side of each spread is an overhead cutaway view of each apartment, ostensibly drawn by Twintig. Given the potential of discovering clues to where the actual bejeweled numbers (created by jewelry designer Anna Sheffield) have been hidden, kids should be plenty motivated to pore over each scene. Ages 9 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Twelve emerald-studded numbers, each handmade and one of a kind, have been buried in 12 holes across the land. These treasures will belong to whoever digs them up first. The question: Where to dig? The only path to the answer: solve the riddle. Full color.
About the Author
Augustus Twintig was born in 1952 in the town of Dutch Oven, Pennsylvania, where his family ran a successful funnel-cake restaurant. He is the author of Mallow Me, Mallow You: A Year in the Marsh (a guide to rural confectioneries), and is a member of the Guild of Podiatric Investigators.
Eli Horowitz has edited and designed books and journals for McSweeney's for the past eight years. Before McSweeney's, Eli was employed as a carpenter and wrote science trivia questions tenuously linked to popular films. He was born in Virginia and now lives in San Francisco.
Mac Barnett is the author of Billy Twitter's Blue Whale Problem, Guess Again?, and the Brixton Brothers series. Born to non-farmers in a California farming community, Mac now lives near San Francisco. He's on the board of directors of 826LA, a nonprofit writing center for students in Los Angeles, and he founded the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers.
Scott Teplin lives and works in New York City. His work has been included in exhibitions at the New Museum, the Drawing Center, the Bronx Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Brooklyn Museum of Art and several shows at P.S. 1. His hand-bound books are included in the collections of MoMA, SFMoMA, the Smithsonian, the Walker Art Center, Harvard University, Yale University, and the New York Public Library. He currently exhibits with g-module in Paris and the Adam Baumgold Gallery in New York.
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