Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes
by Jonathan Auxier
Suggested Ages: 12 + (But my 9 yr old loved it, just some of the language was a wee bit challenging for him)
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Description: Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is the beguiling tale of a ten-year-old blind orphan who has been schooled in a life of thievery by his brutal master, Mr. Seamus. One fateful afternoon, as he's picking the pockets of townspeople enraptured by a travelling haberdasher, he "discovers" (steals) a box of magical eyes. When he tries on the first pair, he is instantly transported to the island at the top of the world, where he meets the maker of the eyes, Professor Cake. The Professor gives Peter a choice: travel to the mysterious Vanished Kingdom and try to rescue a people in need ... or return back to his master and a life of crime. Peter chooses wisely, and together with Sir Tode, a knight errant who has been turned into a rather unfortunate combination of human, horse and cat by a grumpy witch, he embarks on an unforgettable adventure in a book destined to become a classic.
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.
Mom's Rating: 9/10
Don't usually put in quotes for Mom and Me Monday's, but really enjoyed these two
"There are times when Justice demands from us more than we would give."
"Now there is a wonderful thing in this world called "foresight." It is a gift treasured above all other because it allows one to know what the future holds. Most people with foresight end up wielding immense power in life, often becoming great rulers or Librarians." (Hmm love nice quotes about Librarians)
We received this from Penguin in exchange for an honest review
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