[Gus Twintig] ê The Clock Without a Face [androgyne PDF] Ebook Epub Download ✓ A beautifully illustrated short detective story that ends cleverly and sets up a search for the reader i.
, decode all the right information and find actual emerald encrusted clock numerals hidden around the U.
S As of this reading in summer 2013 , I believe all or almost all of the numerals have been found, and most of the internet presences supporting the book have been removed.
From what I can tell, the math is hit or miss a few equations to solve, but a stronger emphasis on deducing locations from clues The artwork a plan of each floor of a building is wonderful Isometric perspective with detail comparable to that of Geoff Darrow, mixed in with a wonderful sense of humor I haven t gone back and re explored much of the images after The owner and thirteenth floor resident of an apartment building has had the emerald numbers stolen off his valuable clock, on top of that, the residents of all the other floors have also had things taken Enter the detective, Dodge, and his assistant, Gus, as they attempt to find the culprits A detailed picture mystery book, in the vein of Graham Base s Eleventh Hour, or the Where s Waldo books, tending to the later This has a lot of difficult words, so I don t see kids reading this one on there own which, as it s a board book, to me, does not bode well , but could be a good read aloud then hand to the kids to find the things in the pictures The mystery is not super difficult, I had two theories going in and both were kind of right.
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This was fantastic It is a story, but also a picture puzzle mystery, AND the adventure continues in real life for readers to actually participate in solving the mystery themselves So cool and original.
It made me think of The Westing Game plus Graeme Base Each page is a level of an apartment building, giving information and parts of the story that take place on that floor, including a very detailed picture of the floor The pictures contain lots of clues, so keep an eye peeled.
I can t wait to booktalk this book I can snag the kids by telling them they can go actually find the missing clock numbers themselves It s a great way to integrate technology, literacy, and real life investigating This is great for all elementary readers, but even older kids and adults could really get into this mystery In fact, my li This book is just so cool Finn age 7 enjoyed looking at the pictures with me, and they inspired him to do some similar drawings, but the story itself is still a little over his head, and some of the jokes a little too advanced I m thinking when he s about 10 we will revisit.
Everything about this puzzle of a book is clever, fun and thought provoking Highly recommended I paused to enjoy the image A gorilla with a walking stick, and perhaps a top hat and a monocle probably attending the theater But where would he keep his tickets without any pockets The question almost distracted me from the vexing mystery at hand.
Fans of Where s Waldo or books by Graeme Base will enjoy this mystery It seems the jewel encrusted hands of the Emerald Khroniker have been stolen, and it s up to Roy Dodge, private detective and his confidential assistant, Gus Twintig, to solve the case Each page reveals a different level of the 13 floor building, with a brief bit of banter with each resident and a drawing of the apartment, which reveals clues to astute readers As the pair progress down the building, each apartment dweller gives clues as well, and each states that they, too, have had something stolen This is a clever and sometimes frustrating book, with great word play and intricate drawings In fact, like Where s Waldo, there are additional things
The story here is fine, well written and funny, a mystery that can be solved by examining drawings in the book examining them VERY closely I m guessing this would be too hard for the target audience of 4 8th grade The solution is given at the end, but there is another real world puzzle with real treasures to be found also by examining the drawings This would definitely be beyond the ability of the target audience and renders this portion of the book experience quickly obsolete a search online shows that most of the treasures were found within a few weeks of the book s release in 2010 The format of the book also makes it problematic for shelving.
The Clock Without a Face by Gus Twintig Scott Teplin, Mac Barnett, and illustrator Eli Horowitz showed up on the new shelf in the children s library a few months ago Attracted by the odd shape and the detailed cover illustration, I checked out the book Rather, I attempted to check out the book but the odd shape made it impossible for the self service scanner So after standing in line to talk to the circulation desk I was finally able to take the book home.
Although this is a thirty page board book, I wouldn t classify it as a children s book It s really of a graphic novel or adult novelty book.
A detective and his assistant are called to a strange apartment building where on the top floor Bevel Ternky s emerald studded clock has been stolen Not only that but everyone else in the building is missing something.
Floor by floor the detective gather The first surprise of this slender, clock tower shaped board book was that it took over an hour to read This was partly because I spent twice as much time looking at the illustrations as I did reading the text Each turn of the page reveals a new level of the apartment building where the story is set, and each level contains further clues and red herrings that the detective and reader must use to discover who stole the bejeweled numbers from the landlord s clock.
The story reminded me of Ellen Raskin s The Westing Game meets Graeme Base s The Eleventh Hour , so I was delighted when I found out from the author s blog later that both of those books along with Kit William s Masquerade and Georges Perec s Life, a User s Manual , both of which I now want to read inspired this one There s a real life treasure hunt associated with the book, but I ll leave