Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes
A StoryBook - 2011
"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."
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“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.”
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.
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.
Patches generally operate near or within gaming rooms, wedding chapels, and other spots filled with well-dressed, stupid people.
“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!”
“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.
"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."
"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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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12
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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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