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Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes: 02/06/12

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Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier is a debut middle grade fantasy about a blind thief who goes on an extraordinary journey and frees a kingdom. Along the way Peter picks up some magical items and an unusual traveling companion.

Peter's life began in a basket on the ocean where he was blinded by crows. He though is an adaptable survivor. By the time of his quest he has spent a decade living on the streets, stealing to survive.

As Peter is blind and the adventure is shared through his point of view, there is very little in the way of visual description. Most everything in the world is built through descriptions smell, touch and sound.

There are three basic parts to Peter's adventure: his life before the quest, setting out on the quest and the rescue. The initial set up and the journey itself are quick paced and excellent. The rescue, though, loses the pacing and feels padded. There just seemed to be about twice the detail compared to the sparser, more tightly written sections.

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Four stars.

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Comment #1: Monday, February 06, 2012 at 19:15:28


I've heard good things about this one and have been thinking about buying it for my nephew. Thanks for the review.

Comment #2: Monday, February 06, 2012 at 21:57:31


You're welcome. If he likes fantasy-adventure, he'll like this.

Comment #3: Monday, February, 6, 2012 at 22:13:47

Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting

I've been dying to read this — I have it on my Pinterest TBR. It's such a wonderful premise, and I love the way the descriptions have been written.

Comment #4: Monday, February 06, 2012 at 21:58:21


I hope you get a copy to read.

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