Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

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 the utterly 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. 400 pages

Recommended by Pamela Thompson, Library Media Specialist, Texas USA


"The boy released a deep breath and steadied hi hands.  Ever so gently, he slipped the two eyes into his sockets.  He blinked.  And just like that, Peter Nimble vanished into thin air.”


Peter Nimble was found floating in the ocean; his eyes plucked out, and a raven sitting on his basket.  So begins the fantastic tale of an orphan who is raised to be a thief, the best thief in the world.  One day, after stealing a box and saving a zebra, Peter is transported to the Troublesome Lake of Professor Cake where he meets Sir Tode, an unusual knight.   The two are soon off on a quest to rescue the Vanished Kingdom from an evil heartless king.  Only once he has reached the Vanished Kingdom, does it become clear that Peter is no ordinary thief and his skills are exactly what this kingdom has needed. The short chapters and fast-paced adventure keeps the reader rolling along until the inevitable conclusion.

Reviewed by:  Alice L. Cyphers, Librarian and Reading Specialist, Pennsylvania, USA

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(Updated: May 13, 2013)
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