Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

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"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.
Praise for "Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes
""Auxier has a juggler's dexterity with prose that makes this fantastical tale quicken the senses."
-"Kirkus Reviews"

Publisher: Toronto : Puffin Canada, c2011
ISBN: 9780670064663
Branch Call Number: J AUX
Characteristics: 381 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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OPL_KIDS May 27, 2020

The hero’s quest gets a new spin in the magical tale of Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier. Peter Nimble is a ten-year old blind orphan who was ruthlessly trained to be the greatest thief who ever lived. Peter is offered an escape from his hard life, however, when he unexpectedly encounters a traveling salesman and a kind professor. When he is asked to undertake a dangerous adventure to help others in need, the boy who was always told he was nobody must learn to trust in his own strength and the strength of others. This fantastical, often hilarious adventure explores themes of friendship, loyalty, and identity while reminding readers that true sight recognizes the nobility in us all.

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Jul 06, 2019


Jan 17, 2019

The fantasy in this books is super fun! While the main character is a "good" thief, which is not something you want to encourage children to be, there are other life lessons and morals scattered throughout. Fast paced and colorful! Your imagination gets a good workout with this one!

An enjoyable and unusual story in which a Dickenesian beginning morphs into a cross between The Neverending Story and Alice in Wonderland, combined with perfectly deadpan asides that may make you chuckle, scratch your head, or roll your eyes. (I was glad that this facet of the story never reached the somewhat-annoying-false-personality level of Lemony Snicket or Pseudonymous Bosch.) As in Trenton Lee Stewart's Mysterious Benedict Society series, children are not seen as helpless and are considered in many ways more worthy of and equal to the story than adults are.
Warning: There is a surprising amount of violence and death for a book of this kind, including one scene which implies that some children are killed in battle by a power-hungry king and their own drugged parents. (Weirdly enough, the resolution appeared to ignore this, acting instead as if everyone survived that particular fight, which seemed very unlikely to me.)
On the whole, I enjoyed the story, and I will be reading the sequel as well.

Oct 22, 2016

Another great find from the library! Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes tells the story of a boy, blind from birth, who is a master thief. This was a wonderful adventure that stayed away from clichés. (Mostly. Scabbs was almost exactly like Gollum from LOTR.). I did think the violence could be too much for younger kids, though. Overall, a fun story with good messages about family and friendship.

Oct 03, 2016

It's good.

Jul 04, 2016

Peter nimble was the first book I read in English so I decided to read it again. I already knew what was going to happen but It was still very interesting. It reminded me of all my struggles when I tried reading in English. When I finished the book the first time I felt like I had completed something important. It was my favourite book and it still is.

Jun 29, 2016

This is a truly amazing read that captured my attention just by reading the description! The story is innovative, interesting and attractive, all leading to one point; This book is awesome! The story plot is amazing, thus putting us in the place of a homeless blind boy named Peter Nimble, awaiting a fate never imaginable by anyone...

vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

Interest level: ages 10-12. While at times a bit dark, this clever book sends readers on a wild and fantastical journey with Peter, a blind orphan and a cast of truly original characters, as he tries three sets of eyes given to him by a mysterious stranger.

Aug 03, 2015

This is an fanstanstic read, it's truly delightful. This book is kind of dark but not really. It's full of a very accelerating adventure. Peter is an homeless boy trained up to be a thief and a very good one too

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JCLChrisK Oct 08, 2014

“In my experience, heroes are no more *good* than you or I. And though occasionally noble, they are just as often cunning, resourceful, and a little brash.”

JCLChrisK Oct 08, 2014

Being wise, Professor Cake knew that any relationship not beginning with a punch or two would most assuredly fade over time: it is a well-known fact that brawling begets friendship.

JCLChrisK Oct 08, 2014

There is an old saying about how easy it is to “take candy from a baby.” This saying is utterly false; anyone who has tried to take *anything* from a baby knows well what sort of crying, kicking, and general commotion will ensue.

JCLChrisK Oct 08, 2014

Patches generally operate near or within gaming rooms, wedding chapels, and other spots filled with well-dressed, stupid people.

JCLChrisK Oct 08, 2014

“Do you remember what a little boy is?”

The woman looked at him in wild terror. “If it’s a sort of torture, it will never work! You can *little boy* me all you want—I’ll never give in!”

JCLChrisK Oct 08, 2014

“King Incarnadine recognized at once the threat that you and your kind posed to his plans. While adults can be intimidated and deceived, a child’s constitution is made from far stronger stuff. He knew that a kingdom full of children would never accept a fraudulent ruler.” The raven could not have been more right. As you know, children (unlike grown-ups) are far too clever to be tricked by imposters—a fact that goes a long way toward explaining their distrust of wicked stepmothers and substitute teachers.

Oct 03, 2012

"The story of Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes was handed down to each ganeration-the tale of the prince who became a thief to become a king."

Dec 19, 2011

"Kings aplenty, princesses few, The ravens are scattered and the seas withdrew. Only a stranger may bring relief, But darkness will reign, unless he's-"

- "brilliant." Her majesty snorted. "Now it's the blind leading the blind."

-"Three cheers for serious nature!" the people shoutded. The king scowled at this last declaration. "if i didn't know better, i'd say you wee all just repeating whatever comes from my perfect mouth."

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Babies found floating in baskets usually turn out quite well. They get adopted by pharaohs’ daughters and the like, right? Well, that may be the case for some babies, but Peter Nimble isn’t exactly the lucky sort. Found floating in the sea, his eyes pecked out (presumably by the raven perched there), Peter is abandoned to the wilds of the world. On his own he manages to use his talents to become the world’s greatest thief. This talent is swiftly exploited by the nasty Mr. Seamus who makes Peter steal for him. All seems bleak until the day Peter stops to listen to a crazy haberdasher who has come to town. Next thing he knows, Peter has pilfered a box containing three pairs of magical eyes and in accepting them he allows himself to take part in a marvelous, epic adventure.


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