Book Review: Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, by Jonathan Auxier

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Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, by Jonathan Auxier
“Now, for those of you who know anything about blind children, you are aware that they make the very best thieves. As you can well imagine, blind children have incredible senses of smell, and they can tell what lies behind a locked door—be it fine cloth, gold, or peanut brittle—at fifty paces. Moreover, their fingers are so small and nimble that they can slip right through keyholes, and their ears so keen that they can hear the faint clicks and clacks of every moving part inside even the most complicated lock. Of course, the age of great thievery has long since passed; today there are few child-thieves left, blind or otherwise.

At one time, however, the world was simply thick with them. This is the story of the greatest thief who ever lived. His name, as you’ve probably guessed, is Peter Nimble.”
 
Reading level: Ages 10 and up
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Reprint edition (November 1, 2012)

Praise:
“I absolutely loved this book…As soon as I read the opening lines of the book, I was hooked.” – WIRED’s Geed Dad blog

“Auxier has a juggler’s dexterity with prose that makes this fantastical tale quicken the senses.” – Kirkus

“The fast-paced, episodic story, accompanied by Auxier’s occasional pen-and-ink drawings, is inventive, unpredictable, and–like its hero–nimble.” – Publishers Weekly

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is as delightful a magical story as readers ages 9-14 will hope to find. Wholly captivating.” – The Wall Street Journal’s Bookshelf

“In his debut novel, Auxier writes a charmingly well written story with a dark edge and entertaining twists in language and plot to capture and keep the attention of even the most reluctant reader.” – Library Media Connection

Awards and Honors:
2011 ABC New Voices Project Choice
2011 BookPage Best Book of 2011, Middle Grade

About the Author:

 JONATHAN AUXIER is a struggling writer. His first novel, Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes was published by Abrams last year. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife Mary and their adorable pet umbrella.

My Thoughts:
Prepare yourself for one fantastic adventure! I love the idea of a blind thief and a kingdom with no children. It is such a unique idea and very well told. I was sucked in from the first page and loved every word of it. It is full of wisdom such as the following quotes:

“As you know, children (unlike grown-ups) are far too clever to be tricked by impostors – a fact that goes a long way toward explaining their distrust of wicked stepmothers and substitute teachers.”

“Most people with foresight end up wielding immense power in life, often becoming great rulers or librarians.”  

“It is a well-known fact that brawling begets friendship.”

This book would appeal to children and adults of both genders and all ages. Very well done, and very much worth the read!  I would highly recommend this one.

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