Peter Nimble And His Fantastic Eyes

Paperback | July 31, 2012

byJonathan Auxier

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 8.2 × 5.2 × 0.9 inPublished:July 31, 2012Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from grandson loved it his parents had to take it from him as he would of stayed up all night to finish it!
Date published: 2016-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes This is a fantastic book! It is very well-written. You can tell that Jonathan Auxier knows what he is doing. The book has an enchantin story line, and I loved it!
Date published: 2015-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic From the time he was a tiny baby, Peter Nimble has had to fend for himself. He found a stray cat from which to nurse and when he was a few months old he learned to steal to feed and clothe himself. This may sound impossible, but then you don't know Peter like I have gotten to know him. He is a most capable ten year old boy. Even though he is blind, he is the greatest thief in all the lands. He can open any lock, sneak into any building and steal food from your own dish. One day he is faced with a most challenging situation. He is asked, as a favour, if he would guard a carriage secured with the most cunning assortment of locks. Being true to his nature, Peter can't help but pick all the locks and steal the most wonderful of treasures. When he tries to use this treasure he becomes ensnared in a magic he has never even imagined possible. This is the start of an adventure that will take Peter to the ends of the earth and places far beyond. From the very first pages, reading about an infant who found his own wet nurse/cat, I loved this book. If life had let me, I would have read it in one sitting, which I suspect many children will try to do. Should you be wise enough to choose to purchase this book for your child, be sure to remove it from him or her at bed time, or remove the bulbs from their lights as they will not be able to put it down. When your child tells you of the Vanished Kingdom, don't say it doesn't exist, as it might have been magically added to your atlas when you weren't looking. Peter is such an unlikely hero. He was abandoned at birth, blinded by ravens and left to fend on his own as an infant. Not really hero stuff. But he is good at what he does, thieving. Somehow, with all these strikes against him, he is a most lovable character. Not the kind that makes you want to cuddle and hug him, but the kind that you want to sit down and have a serious discussion with, treat him like and equal. This story has all the makings of a wonderful adventure: unlikely hero, fumbling sidekick, children in need of a hero and magic, and it delivers many times over. Once the action begins, it doesn't stop. You and your child will enjoy it right to the final word. This is a debut novel by author Jonathan Auxier.
Date published: 2011-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Peter Nimble is a MUST READ When I received an email asking if I would be interested in reviewing a middle grade novel from Penguin Canada, I said YES! I almost said no to the book because of the “eyes” issue. I do not like to read about eyes and thought it might be gross. I am so happy I took the chance because this book is, well, FANTASTIC. If you’ve read the Peter and the Starcatchers series by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, I can tell you this compares to that, only it’s a little more whimsical, with less pirates (but there are thieves!) and nothing set in real life. Pure fun fantasy awaits you when you pick up this book. Peter Nimble is a likeable character right from the start. He’s had a pretty rough time growing up and wasn’t treated all that well, but still, by the age of 10 he’s a pretty thoughtful and caring little boy – even if he is a thief! Regardless of how others treated him, Peter tends to listen to his heart and make choices that might go against the way he was raised. I had to say I was captivated by just the first line and although it made me laugh out loud, I also thought “ooo, I wonder if people will complain about this and totally NOT get the spirit of the story”. See for yourself: “Now, for those of you who know anything about blind children, you are aware that they make the very best thieves.” – p. 3, Chapter 1 In fact as soon as I read that and laughed, I read it out loud to my husband who said “WHAT?” and then laughed as well. I knew this was going to be a fun ride from there. The narrator is witty and has hilarious little asides to what he’s telling you. The entire feeling of the narration was jovial and fun. It was almost as if you could see a twinkle in the narrator’s eye even if you had no idea who was narrating (the author?) I also became quite smitten with Sir Tode and was delighted when the two became travelling buddies. The two characters together were so enjoyable to read, I was almost sad when I got to the end of the story. The ending does have some darker moments, there is death and evildoings, so though this is middle grade, I think it might be a little easier on the older end of the spectrum, unless you are sure your child is ok with people (and creatures) dying. I might add that I did tear up a little bit over birds once or twice. The entire story was so enchanting I almost felt like I was watching a cartoon. The story took hold of my imagination and I could almost see everything on those pages come to (animated) life before my eyes. Each chapter is adorned with a sketch of a scene or character that will appear within it. The cover pages and index are full of art and the cover of the book itself just holds so much magic that it makes me giddy looking at it. I had one of my total geeked out moments when I read the “About the Author” at the end of the story and discovered that Jonathan Auxier had grown up in Canada. Even though he’s now living in the States I shall consider him a Canadian author (YAY!) and be proud to tell people I pass in the store that not only should they buy this book because it’s amazing, but also because a fellow Canadian wrote it and THAT is something to be excited about! The adventure and humour and life lessons (in a non-preachy way) are just splendid in Peter Nimble and although I don’t quite want a sequel to this story, I would LOVE to read more fantastical tales from the author in the future. I think he’s a Must Buy! now for me after this one.
Date published: 2011-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from combines magic with swashbuckling action and clockwork steampunk Reason for Reading: The plot sounded wonderful and the author is Canadian! Peter Nimble doesn't really have a name but this is what he's called in the thieving world of a perhaps Victorian-like English town. He's made his own way in the world since discovered floating in a basket with his eyes pecked out by a raven. Now under the control of a wicked master who keeps him locked up and makes him thieve for his food Peter ventures upon a couple of strange men, Professor Cake and Mr. Pound who give him the adventure of his life. Along with a case which includes three sets of fantastic eyes, with unknown magical powers, and a partner Sir Tode, an unfortunate knight who was cursed by an old hag, he is sent to a Vanished Island with a mysterious riddle to help right the wrongs done there. A wonderful story that quickly grabs your attention with delightful characters one becomes fond of right away. The outcome is predictable in a way but the getting there is a whole lot of fun filled with lots of adventure and action. The story is quite violent during the battle scenes, combatants on both sides are killed and the method is described in often uncomfortable detail, so the book is not for the sensitive or squeamish. But those who like "gross" will have a rollicking good time. A very unique story, unlike anything else out there right now, that combines magic with swashbuckling action with clockwork steampunk. I only have one issue, being that the narrative crosses the line and talks to the reader as if someone were telling us a story. This is always a tricky thing in children's books and here the author has used the device sparingly but because of that, it felt jarring to me when every now and then the book would suddenly speak to me as I had nearly forgotten the device was in use. One final thing that I am very happy with is that the book ends on a final note, even mentioning how things turned out in the future for the characters that, I think, we can be sure that this is a stand-alone novel. I'm glad to read a new author who has presented us with a full story in one book and not attempted the tired routine of beginning yet another series. Good book! I look forward to author's next work.
Date published: 2011-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun fantastical tale Jake's Review: Mom you were right (mom's note: now this is in print so you all know he actually said I was right.) The story is really exciting and lots of fun. Sort of reminds me of the Percy Jackson book you made me put down so that I could read this one. Some of the stuff was kinda scary and I didn't like that people were killed in such not nice ways. Also some of the words were really hard to figure out. Other than that it was a good book that I wanted to read to the end. Oh yeah and couldn't the story have been a bit shorter, I don't like it when books are so long (mom's note: wait till he has to read Moby Dick). I wouldn't recommend this one to Brian but I think Benjamin would like it. More for kids who like to read and probably better for older kids because of the killing and stuff. Jake's Rating: 9/10 Mom's Review: What an absolutely enchanting magical tale that even a 9 yr old can enjoy. We read it together on many occasions as some of the language was a wee bit difficult for him and well it was just fun to read aloud. A great old fashioned epic story filled with adventure, magic, plenty of twists and turns and quite frankly just a fun ride. Some nice dry humour as well. A truly enjoyable story that even adult readers will enjoy. My only complaint is that the last 3 quarters was so good I didn't want to put it down, and I ended up reading till 1 am. Damn you Jonathan you so owe me a Tim Horton's Xtra Lg Coffee -- the American XL too! I would recommend for 10 up as there is some difficult language and some violent scenes that the sensitive or younger reader might have difficulty with. Would be a fun one for a class story in which the teacher could read a chapter a day.
Date published: 2011-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow!! As a teacher, parent and avid reader, I cannot say enough about this book! Fast paced, intelligently written, and accessible to young readers. I cannot wait to hand this book over to my sons to enjoy, and to use it in my classroom. Auxier's use of the narrator is brilliant; he tells an amazing story whilst proffering thoughtful insight into the world of Peter Nimble. My favourite quote was "You may have observed in your own lives that there is a great power in storytelling. A well-sprung tale can transport listeners away from their humdrum lives and return them with an enlarged sense of the world." (Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, p. 218) I find similarities between Auxier and Phillip Pullman and Terry Pratchett -- I believe that we may have the next great YA writer on our hands in Auxier! If you enjoyed Pullman's "His Dark Materials" or "I Was a Rat" or Pratchett's "The Amazing Maurice," you're bound to love Peter Nimble!
Date published: 2011-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical! I loves this book! It was magical and engaging an I am recommending it to everyone!!
Date published: 2011-08-10