Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Review: Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
Pages: 381
Release Date:  August 1st, 2011
Date Read:  2012, April 9th - May 8th
Received:  Audiobook from library
Rating:  5/5 stars
Recommended to:  10+

Peter Nimble is nothing but a blind thief.  He steals from pockets, purses, and shops.  He is light on his feet and smart with his fingers.  He has a gift for thievery, and that's all he's ever done...
But when a strange man appears in town, showcasing something marvelous, and blackmails Peter into helping him, Peter finds himself whisked away on the greatest adventure of his life.  And what is in the box, the one the strange man was showcasing?  It might hold the answer to all of Peter's questions.

I was so shocked and surprised by the mastery of this book.  I thought it would be your average MG novel, but it was so, so SO much more.  The writing, for one, is exemplary.  Completely and utterly gripping and beautiful and it just flowed so well.  It had a fantastical element to it that really went along with the theme of the book.  It was perfect.

I read this book nearly a year ago (or listened to it via audio, I should say), and I honestly have no complaints about it at all.  It left only the fondest memories of the story and the most beautiful ideas in my head.  Inspiration is still abundant when I think of this story.  Someday, I will have it on my shelf.  I will read it to my children.  It's just that good.

Peter Nimble is no ordinary boy.  He may look like one on the outside, but inside he has courage and love and all the capacity for adventure that an avid reader could every hope for.  He is one of a kind, also.  He may have elements of the character we all want to read about, but he's his own person - totally a unique creation.  I loved him so much.  It was the perfect narration because, although he could not see, he described things based on how they felt or sounded or tasted, and it really added so much to who he was.

The other side characters were also excellent.  Especially Sir Tode.  OMG I loved him so much!!  The narrator's voice for him was perfect and it made me laugh!  Sir Tode had the best one-liners, hands down.  There was also an old woman, a whale-like sea creature, thieves, and an evil king.  There were orphans and bugs and monsters and all sorts of other characters to keep the reader glued to the page.  (Or the audiobook, if you prefer.)

But honestly.  I can't say enough about how glorious these characters were!

And if the characters were glorious, wait till I tell you about the story!  Good golly, it was absolutely out of this world fanTAStic!

Totally amazing.  All the fantasy elements were there, plus so much more that makes it its own unique fairy tale.  The execution was just as brilliant as the idea, too, which is saying something.

I loved absolutely every moment that included the magic box.  I won't tell you what's inside of it - that's just half the fun - but I can't help but mention it.  The imagery was stunning.  I just...I don't even know how to explain how I'm feeling right now without giving it all away!

Besides the box, I loved every setting and place that Peter Nimble found himself in.  It was all ingeniously written and had such a grand scope.  The ideas were so brilliant that some settings I normally don't particularly enjoy reading about - such as the desert - became absolutely the most interesting thing I'd every read about.

Annnnd on top of that - the ending.  It was so perfect and heartwarming and fairy tale and lovely.  It leaves the reader wondering and imaginative and excited and ready for adventure.  There's no end to how magical it all was!

In short, this book had it all.

And what else is there to say, without giving it all away?  You read it for yourself.  You'll understand.

Utterly gorgeous!  In every way!  I'm so stunned but the magnificence of this story and can't wait for more and more people to read it!  I've been telling everyone I can about it.  It deserves to be read over and over again!

For the Parents -
So clean and sweet, and not too graphic so young readers can enjoy it as well.  Recommended 10+


  1. I'm in the mood for a fun middle grade adventure. I may have to give this one a try.

  2. souds awesome. adding to the wish list
    gr8 review

  3. Leah @ The Pretty Good GatsbyJanuary 23, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    I've been dying to get my hands on a copy of this book since it came out! I've seriously heard nothing but EXTREMELY positive things.

  4. Yes! I hope you do! :)

  5. Thanks, Rogier! :)

  6. Definitely buy it!! It's out in paperback and totally worth every penny you spend on it! :))