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Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

Written by Jonathan Auxier

Narrated by Michael Page


Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

Written by Jonathan Auxier

Narrated by Michael Page

ratings:
4.5/5 (73 ratings)
Length:
9 hours
Released:
Jan 10, 2012
ISBN:
9781455869619
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is the utterly beguiling tale of a ten-year-old blind orphan who has been schooled in a life of thievery. One fateful afternoon, he steals a box from a mysterious traveling haberdasher-a box that contains three pairs of magical eyes. When he tries the first pair, he is instantly transported to a hidden island where he is presented with a special quest: to travel to the dangerous Vanished Kingdom and rescue a people in need. Along with his loyal sidekick-a knight who has been turned into an unfortunate combination of horse and cat-and the magic eyes, he embarks on an unforgettable, swashbuckling adventure to discover his true destiny.
"Jonathan Auxier's strange and inventive debut, Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, is a beautiful adventure told in a dashing and assured voice. It's Little Nemo in Slumberland meets Oliver Twist. I enjoyed it tremendously." -Audrey Niffenegger, author of the bestseller The Time Traveler's Wife

Released:
Jan 10, 2012
ISBN:
9781455869619
Format:
Audiobook

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  • (4/5)
    One more cautionary tale- trust no adults- unless they treat you like a person!. A blind thief is set on a magical quest to save a princess. sounds very cliched -but it is well rendered.
  • (4/5)
    What a great adventure story! If you liked The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente, you find this equally as enjoyable. Boys will be more drawn to this one, as it has a male main character.
  • (5/5)
    I absolutely LOVED this book! Yes, it is an MG book, and yes, I am an adult, but I enjoyed every minute of this book and couldn't put it down! I'm so excited for my sons to read it because it has everything they could want in a book: action, adventure, heroes and villains, fighting and thieving!! What boy wouldn't want to dive into it! Peter Nimble has had a very difficult life. He is found abandoned as an infant, with his eyes having been pecked out by the crows who are found with him. He scrounges out a life as best he can, until he is taken in by a cruel man who teaches him to be the best thief in the world so he can steal for him in exchange for the meager food and board he provides. All that changes when Peter steals a box with three pairs of eggs in it - and magically, each pair of eggs has a pair of eyes in it. When Peter puts in the first pair of eyes he is transported to an island where a kind man takes him in and explains that these eyes are meant only for Peter, to help him on a quest to save a damsel in distress. Peter sets off on the adventure of a lifetime, where he finds his destiny. This was such a fantastic, magical book, and I definitely recommend it to all fans of fantasy and adventure, who love a good underdog to root for :D
  • (2/5)
    I have to admit that the cover and the title completely pulled me in, but as hard as I tried, I just could not bring myself to continue reading this book past the first few chapters.
  • (5/5)
    If you mix elements from Oliver Twist, Alice In Wonderland and King Arthur plus a few other fairy tale plots, and then throw in some extra twists and elements, you will have Peter Nimble. Peter's eyes were plucked out by ravens when he was an infant, and he then survived on his own by nursing on a cat, and learning how to steal food and clothing. When he was 5, he was taken in by an old orphan master who trained him to be an even better thief and forced him to steal for him. He then meets a mysterious haberdasher, and steals a box from him which contains three sets of what he later learns are fantastic eyes. Together with Sir Tode, who was once a knight, but has been enchanted and is now part cat and part horse, Peter and his fantastic eyes goes on an adventure that keeps the reader wondering what will happen next. This book is fantastic, creative and fun.
  • (5/5)
    "But I'm just a kid," he insisted. "I'm small, and I'm blind... You said it yourself, Professor, the person who wrote that note needs a hero -- someone noble and good... I'm just a criminal." "So what if you are?" the professor replied flatly. "How many well-behaved boys would have made it this far?"I LOVE THIS BOOK! This is an amazingly well-written fantasy, with an orphaned blind thief as our hero. As an infant, Peter Nimble was found floating in a basket, with a raven perched upon it. His eyes were missing - presumably pecked out by the raven. His early years were spent learning to steal in order to survive, until one day when he steals a box with six magical eggs from a traveling haberdasher. Inside the eggs are the three pairs of Fantastic Eyes. The first pair transports him to Professor Cake, who charges him with a quest to rescue the people trapped in the Vanished Kingdom from their evil ruler. Going with him will be Sir Tode, a knight hexed by a hag and now stuck in a body that's a mishmash of cat and horse parts, with a big bushy moustache. Peter will need all of his thieving skills and street smarts in this fast-paced adventure, filled with fighting ravens, talking apes, thieves, liars, sea monsters, and one awesomely evil king! What I loved: Peter may be blind, but he gets into all kinds of scrapes and fights along the way, so there's plenty of action. His creative solutions to battling bigger and stronger foes are wonderful! Auxier isn't afraid to let Peter's disability get in his way and cause problems -- sometimes not seeing things is downright dangerous, after all. Many fantasy stories spend a lot of time describing the world, so the readers will understand how this particular place works, and that can slow the story down. Not here! Readers see and experience the world as Peter Nimble does, with a delightful and funny writing style that I hope Jonathan Auxier continues to use in many more stories. Our sixth graders will love this one -- as will anyone else who picks it up. Bravo!