Thursday, November 10, 2011

Magical Pick: Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes--A Must-Read

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes
by Jonathan Auxier
Amulet
2011
400 pages

Visit The Scop, the author's website

Beguiling, mesmerizing, totally transporting, and inventive, Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is a quick-paced, intelligent novel in the capable hands of a master storyteller. Auxier deftly blends fantasy and obscure and strange words from bygone days with a substantial plot.

Peter Nimble is a ten-year old blind orphan raised to be a master thief and pick-pocket. He happens upon a traveling haberdasher (hat salesman) and steals a box which he later discovers holds three pairs of magical eyes. When he puts on the first pair, he is transported to another world entirely where he learns his quest: to rescue a long vanished kingdom from a horrible, evil king who just so happens to be an imposter to the throne. With his "enchanted cat-horse-man creature" sidekick, Peter ventures off on his journey.

From the fantastic cover to the imaginative chapter titles, this novel shows a writing finesse not seen since the Harry Potter series. From utter absurdities to the well-imagined characters, this novel gives a wink and a nod to Charles Dickens. Auxier is a true scop (the title of his website)--a scop is a storyteller or minstrel.

Readers who loved Harry Potter are in for a real treat. Peter Nimble is a feast for the eyes and imagination sure to have readers chuckling to themselves.

Highly, highly recommended ages 10-up. Publisher recommends ages 10-up, but the younger readers may have some trouble unless they are accomplished readers.

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review.

8 comments:

  1. I am always looking for what to read after Harry Potter! I would love to have an opportunity to win a copy!

    thiebaudl@lisd.net
    I live in Texas.

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  2. I would like to have a copy of this also. Thank you.

    kristina.gale@susd.k12.or.us
    Myrtle Creek, OR

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  3. Sounds like a great read!

    Norma O'Keefe
    Limestone Community School
    Limestone, Maine

    normaokeefe@gmail.com

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  4. I'd love a copy to share with the students in he gifted and talented program at my school, I can't keep up the supply of new challenging books for them

    Deirdre Jameson
    Oak Park Elementary School
    Stillwater MN

    minivanlibrarian@gmail.com

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  5. I would love to have a copy of this title for my 6th graders.
    sandraca@ccisd.com from Texas

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  6. This sounds great!. I am sure a lot of students would love this.

    Susanne
    Astoria, NY
    pegisuss4@live.com

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  7. Another good one!
    jperry@winslowk12.org

    Jane
    Winslow, Me.

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  8. Looks great!
    elizabeth.nebeker@cfisd.net

    Liz
    Cypress, TX

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