Monday, January 16, 2012

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

✰✰✰ Peter Nimble is a blind orphan who must steal to survive. Despite his disability, he has honed his lock picking skills to perfection and earned a reputation as the best thief in the land. On one fateful day Peter steals a box, and as luck would have it, the contents change his life forever. As Peter tries to discover the purpose of the six magical eggs contained within the box, he is suddenly thrust into a quest to solve a riddle and save a town from an evil king.

Along the way to the Vanished Kingdom, Peter and his faithful companion, Sir Tode, must battle many obstacles and overcome challenges. Together they embark on an adventure of a lifetime and discover the values of friendship and trust.

The Bottom Line: Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is an epic tale filled with adventure and action. Young Peter never lets his disability stand in the way of his goals, and along the way he learns to trust in both himself and his friends. Jonathan Auxier's debut novel is an enjoyable read; however, there is a distinct shift in tone and voice that occurs in part three. Due to some scenes of violence depicted in the book and some challenging vocabulary words, it might not be appropriate for younger readers. Also, the book is nearly 400 pages long and perhaps could have been tightened up a little. Thus, I would recommend this novel for both middle grade readers and young adults.

Details: Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier. Hardcover published by Amulet Books in 2011. 400 p. ISBN: 978-1-4197-0025-5

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