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Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is the utterly beguiling tale of a ten-year-old blind orphan who has been forced into a life of crime. One fateful afternoon, Peter steals a mysterious box that contains three magical pairs of eyes. When he tries the first pair, he is instantly transported to a hidden island where he is presented with a special quest: to travel beyond the known world and rescue a lost kingdom from its treacherous ruler. With the help of the Fantastic Eyes and some unlikely friends, Peter ...

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Overview

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is the utterly beguiling tale of a ten-year-old blind orphan who has been forced into a life of crime. One fateful afternoon, Peter steals a mysterious box that contains three magical pairs of eyes. When he tries the first pair, he is instantly transported to a hidden island where he is presented with a special quest: to travel beyond the known world and rescue a lost kingdom from its treacherous ruler. With the help of the Fantastic Eyes and some unlikely friends, Peter embarks on an unforgettable, swashbuckling adventure to save a people in need—and to discover his true destiny.

“Jonathan Auxier’s strange and inventive debut, Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, is a beautiful adventure told in a dashing and assured voice. It’s Little Nemo in Slumberland meets Oliver Twist. I enjoyed it tremendously.” — Audrey Niffenegger, author of the bestseller The Time Traveler’s Wife

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Gr5–8—Jonathan Auxier's energetic story (Amulet Bks., 2011) is tailor-made for listening! It is reminiscent of classic fairy tales like Pinocchio, with a dash of Oliver Twist thrown in for good measure. Listeners are transported to the magical world of Peter Nimble who, as an infant, was set adrift, blinded by ravens, rescued by drunken sailors, and forced into a life of crime. The blind boy survives by becoming skilled in the art of thievery and picking locks. When Peter steals a box filled with three sets of magical eyes, he tries the first pair and suddenly is transported to a foreign land where an evil king rules, and his mission is to set things right. Listeners uncover the mystery along with Peter as the truth unfolds layer by fantastical layer. Michael Page's narration is exceptional. He portrays a variety of characters with myriad accents and dialects. His gravelly-voiced thieves, raspy ravens, and flighty sparrows are all credible and entertaining. This action-packed fantasy adventure with a fair amount of violence is a first-purchase choice.—Patty McClune, Conestoga Valley High School, Lancaster, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455869725
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Auxier, raised in Canada, now lives with his wife in Los Angeles, where he works as a screenwriter. This is his first novel. You can visit him online at TheScop.com.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    Epic Adventure

    Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes cannot merely be called a story.

    It is in fact, an EPIC ADVENTURE! From start to finish the book grabs you by the, well, "eyes" and won't let go. All at once it reminded me of some of the best adventure epics - Peter Pan, Percy Jackson, and The Princess Bride. And while those may seem lofty comparisons, the truth is that Peter, oh so nimbly, rests right alongside them. This is book practically begs to be read aloud - orphans, master thieves, sword fights, and shipwrecks. Really , what more could you ask for? Magical eyes? Messages in a bottle? Mysterious haberdasher? Yep, it has those too, all wrapped up in a charming story filled with fun and a little wordplay thrown in for good measure. It will absolutely be one of my first classroom read alouds this fall. The Newberry Committee had better be paying some serious attention to this one!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2011

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    Great Tale of Adventure

    This would be a great read-aloud book for parents and kids. Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is a great tale of adventure that spans a wonderfully imaginative world. Death and destruction are not skipped over in this story and there is quite a bit of fighting, but what Peter and his sidekick Sir Tode are fighting for is worth it. Peter is a humble character; even if he is the best thief the world has ever known.

    The creativity in the story lasts the entire way through. There was never a dull moment as each chapter left me wanting to know what would happen next. This is a story for the imagination as nearly everything would be impossible in our reality. If you can suspend your disbelief and not question why or how the story goes, it will be a completely enjoyable ride.

    Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    A lovely debut for imaginations of all ages

    Over the past several months I've read a few books intended for younger audiences, none of which really struck my fancy. I was beginning to worry that there was something lacking either in contemporary children's literature or, worse, my imagination. Fortunately, I soon came across Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, which immediately captured my imagination and my heart. Peter is an endearing hero as a 10-year-old blind orphan who is surprised to find himself transitioning from the role of thief to that of kingdom-rescuer. Even if we feel from the beginning that Peter is destined for greater things, his hesitations and troubled self-doubt make him relatable and quickly win the reader's sympathy. I loved the Dickensian setting of the beginning of the novel, and while I missed that darkly Victorian world as the book progresses into a magical realm, Auxier's witty narrative voice and the enthralling quest Peter sets out on more than compensated for that absence.

    As a bonus, each chapter features one of Auxier's lovely pen-and-ink drawings, and I can only hope we'll see more of his artwork in future projects! Definitely recommended for audiences young and old alike.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Awesome

    Simply awesome. I love Sir Tode, he crakes me up. One of my all time favs!!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    AWESOME BOOK!

    Best book ever!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Me9

    I love it :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2012

    It was ok

    This book was ok. I thought it would have been better. It was sort of strange and I didn't really believe any of it. I know it's fantasy and that's not real, but this was sort of, out there a little. And it was sort of sad too.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Loved it

    Witty, charming, feel-good adventure. I highly recommend it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

    Peter Nimble Rocks

    After reading Peter Nimble and his Fantasic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier one word came to mind, "epic". I decided to google the word to figure out if it truly fit the feelings that I was having towards the book. After sifting through countless definitions on many websites I decided that this book is in fact epic. The definition that best matched my feelings was: heroic and impressive in quality. I feel that Peter truly was heroic and the writing was extremely impressive in quality.

    I generally don't read book that are close to 400 pages. Most of my fourth graders tend to not be ready or interested in books of that size, and the students that are ready tend to have their own titles in mind. After recieving an ARC in the mail I decided to give Peter a chance.

    I am in love with this epic quest. Peter is a blind orphan that was found floating in the ocean eyeless. His eyes pecked out by a raven. He spends his life working as a thief for a man that treats him like dirt. One day he steals a box containing three pairs of eyes from a mysterious traveler. His curiosity gets the better of him and he slips one pair into his empty sockets. Instantly he is transported to an unknown island. That is where his quest begins. I'm not going to go any more into the plot. I went into this book knowing very little, and I feel that you would benefit from uncovering his quest as you read.

    Being a reader of shorter middle grade books at times I struggle to stay focused on longer text, but this book felt like a 400 page sprint. The action was often and exciting while at the same time developing beautiful characters and an awesome new world. Throw in a few twist and turns and you have yourself a tale that will hook readers of both middle grade and young adult.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    This actualy is a great book

    The author of this book is one of my aunt's friends so of course I had to read it. I ended up with my favorite book of all time. This book is wonderfully told through a very creative point of view. It has heart racing twists and is a MUST read book. And all of you people that hate this book. Hey mabye this just isn't your type of book, but it isn't terrible so don't go saying mean things. I am pretty sure that the author of this book sometimes reads these comments, and if you are saying mean things it hurtstheir feelings. So in concluaion this book is amazing, and please don't hate if you don't like the book, it may just not be your type. -6th grader (Fantasy lover.)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Exellent read!!!

    This was a great book! I enjoyed it a lot and I almost wish.it didn't end (but if a story didn't end would it be a good story or just a bunch of words that went on forever?) :) :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2012

    Wonderful!

    I had the opportunity to meet the author, Jonathan Auxier, while student teaching. He came to speak to my middle school students about this book. I didn't expect much except for a break from being in front of the room teaching Math.

    The presentation was awesome! Jonathan was so charming and charismatic. He presented Peter Nimble in a way that had everyone captivated. So, of course, several students and I bought the book immediately to read.

    This really is an epic adventure! I had several conversations with students about how Peter taught them about their own destinies. Even though they don't have fantastic eyes, this book helped my students understand that they, too, are destined for greatness. Anything that does that deserves at least 5 stars..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

    I loved this book and I'm in my early forties. I bought it to r

    I loved this book and I'm in my early forties. I bought it to read to my son and ended up reading it myself. A very creative and well told story. I'm looking forward to more books from this author. I agree with another reviewer, it is an epic adventure!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    I absolutely LOVED this book! Yes, it is an MG book, and yes, I

    I absolutely LOVED this book! Yes, it is an MG book, and yes, I am an adult, but I enjoyed every minute of this book and couldn't put it down! I'm so excited for my sons to read it because it has everything they could want in a book: action, adventure, heroes and villains, fighting and thieving!! What boy wouldn't want to dive into it!

    Peter Nimble has had a very difficult life. He is found abandoned as an infant, with his eyes having been pecked out by the crows who are found with him. He scrounges out a life as best he can, until he is taken in by a cruel man who teaches him to be the best thief in the world so he can steal for him in exchange for the meager food and board he provides. All that changes when Peter steals a box with three pairs of eggs in it - and magically, each pair of eggs has a pair of eyes in it. When Peter puts in the first pair of eyes he is transported to an island where a kind man takes him in and explains that these eyes are meant only for Peter, to help him on a quest to save a damsel in distress. Peter sets off on the adventure of a lifetime, where he finds his destiny.

    This was such a fantastic, magical book, and I definitely recommend it to all fans of fantasy and adventure, who love a good underdog to root for :D

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Awsome

    This book is great and highly suggested!actually met the author!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Boring

    BORING!!!!!

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    This Book is Fantastic

    I started this book and could not put it down. It is charming and witty. As some other reviews have said, it was kind of sad, but I think that makes it better. You can tell a book is good if it moves you, and Peter Nimble most certainly moved me. This book is an adventure-filled must-read. - J.M.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Peter Nimble and his Fantastic eyes

    Peter nimble takes you through sadness and happiness through traveling to a desert, discovering a lost kingdom and meeting friends and enimies along the way. Peter Nimble will take you to an ultimate adventure you will never forget. -K.K

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    A modern classic!

    When i saw this book at my library, i thought i wouldnt like it .but when i started to read,it changed the way i think about adventure! Sir tode cracks me up, and the end makes me shiver with anticipation every time!must buy!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2011

    One of my all-time favorite books!!

    I loved this story for its richness, its clever use of phrases, its illustrations -- which I kept referring back to, its explorations of scary/safe worlds, its friendships, its examples of loyalty and courage. Everyone in our family wanted the privilege of reading this story aloud to the grandchildren, but our grandson picked it up and started reading ahead, while his dad reads each night to he and his brother. I asked my 8-year-old grandson if he liked the book. With a huge smile, he replied, "I REALLY, REALLY like it!"

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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