Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

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Book - 2011/08/01
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Raised to be a thief, blind orphan Peter Nimble, age ten, steals from a mysterious stranger three pairs of magical eyes, that lead him to a hidden island where he must decide to become a hero or resume his life of crime.
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2011/08/01
ISBN: 9781419700255
1419700251
Branch Call Number: J FICTION AUXIER
Characteristics: 381 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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An enjoyable and unusual story in which a Dickenesian beginning morphs into a cross between The Neverending Story and Alice in Wonderland, combined with perfectly deadpan asides that may make you chuckle, scratch your head, or roll your eyes. (I was glad that this facet of the story never reached the somewhat-annoying-false-personality level of Lemony Snicket or Pseudonymous Bosch.) As in Trenton Lee Stewart's Mysterious Benedict Society series, children are not seen as helpless and are considered in many ways more worthy of and equal to the story than adults are.
Warning: There is a surprising amount of violence and death for a book of this kind, including one scene which implies that some children are killed in battle by a power-hungry king and their own drugged parents. (Weirdly enough, the resolution appeared to ignore this, acting instead as if everyone survived that particular fight, which seemed very unlikely to me.)
On the whole, I enjoyed the story, and I will be reading the sequel as well.

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Tabaqui
Oct 22, 2016

Another great find from the library! Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes tells the story of a boy, blind from birth, who is a master thief. This was a wonderful adventure that stayed away from clichés. (Mostly. Scabbs was almost exactly like Gollum from LOTR.). I did think the violence could be too much for younger kids, though. Overall, a fun story with good messages about family and friendship.

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benjamo666
Oct 03, 2016

It's good.

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Elina_yz
Jul 04, 2016

Peter nimble was the first book I read in English so I decided to read it again. I already knew what was going to happen but It was still very interesting. It reminded me of all my struggles when I tried reading in English. When I finished the book the first time I felt like I had completed something important. It was my favourite book and it still is.

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Bookarcher
Jun 29, 2016

This is a truly amazing read that captured my attention just by reading the description! The story is innovative, interesting and attractive, all leading to one point; This book is awesome! The story plot is amazing, thus putting us in the place of a homeless blind boy named Peter Nimble, awaiting a fate never imaginable by anyone...

vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

Interest level: ages 10-12. While at times a bit dark, this clever book sends readers on a wild and fantastical journey with Peter, a blind orphan and a cast of truly original characters, as he tries three sets of eyes given to him by a mysterious stranger.

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Amberflare
Aug 03, 2015

This is an fanstanstic read, it's truly delightful. This book is kind of dark but not really. It's full of a very accelerating adventure. Peter is an homeless boy trained up to be a thief and a very good one too

karo Jan 31, 2015

This is an incredible book! It has a terrific and surprising ending. Hoping to see more from this talented author soon.

JCLChrisK Oct 08, 2014

"You may have observed in your own lives that there is a great power in storytelling. A well-spun tale can transport listeners away from their humdrum lives and return them with an enlarged sense of the world."

What a fun book! It is most definitely a well-spun tale told with a voice and tone that transport readers away to a timeless, mythical world of stories where anything is possible, from horrible cruelties to fantastical magics to amazing triumphs. Peter Nimble certainly experiences the full range.

On the first few pages, readers learn Peter was found as an infant by pirates, floating in a basket with his eyes pecked out by a raven. From there he nursed on an alley cat until they were all thrown into the bay in a sack. He survived--"Until this point," writes the narrator, "you have been witness to Peter's rather typical infancy--probably not unlike your own. But it was only a matter of time before he distinguished himself from the teething masses"--and by the age of ten was the world's most capable thief, blindness and all, though prisoner to the cruel man who had taken him in. From that point his lot changes, as he is whisked away on an adventure that leads from one unexpected moment to another.

I have to admit I was thrown a bit at that point; based on the cover and first chapter I was expecting a tale of urban thievery, when it went all kinds of other directions. This threw me, but did not lose or disappoint me, and I ended up devouring the book with a strong sense of satisfaction. It was a refreshing escape I'm excited to share with other readers.

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strathconauser
Aug 23, 2014

One of my favorites!!! read it please!!!

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JCLChrisK Oct 08, 2014

“In my experience, heroes are no more *good* than you or I. And though occasionally noble, they are just as often cunning, resourceful, and a little brash.”

JCLChrisK Oct 08, 2014

Being wise, Professor Cake knew that any relationship not beginning with a punch or two would most assuredly fade over time: it is a well-known fact that brawling begets friendship.

JCLChrisK Oct 08, 2014

There is an old saying about how easy it is to “take candy from a baby.” This saying is utterly false; anyone who has tried to take *anything* from a baby knows well what sort of crying, kicking, and general commotion will ensue.

JCLChrisK Oct 08, 2014

Patches generally operate near or within gaming rooms, wedding chapels, and other spots filled with well-dressed, stupid people.

JCLChrisK Oct 08, 2014

“Do you remember what a little boy is?”

The woman looked at him in wild terror. “If it’s a sort of torture, it will never work! You can *little boy* me all you want—I’ll never give in!”

JCLChrisK Oct 08, 2014

“King Incarnadine recognized at once the threat that you and your kind posed to his plans. While adults can be intimidated and deceived, a child’s constitution is made from far stronger stuff. He knew that a kingdom full of children would never accept a fraudulent ruler.” The raven could not have been more right. As you know, children (unlike grown-ups) are far too clever to be tricked by imposters—a fact that goes a long way toward explaining their distrust of wicked stepmothers and substitute teachers.

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veruk
Oct 03, 2012

"The story of Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes was handed down to each ganeration-the tale of the prince who became a thief to become a king."

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bookaholic007
Dec 19, 2011

"Kings aplenty, princesses few, The ravens are scattered and the seas withdrew. Only a stranger may bring relief, But darkness will reign, unless he's-"

- "brilliant." Her majesty snorted. "Now it's the blind leading the blind."

-"Three cheers for serious nature!" the people shoutded. The king scowled at this last declaration. "if i didn't know better, i'd say you wee all just repeating whatever comes from my perfect mouth."

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Bookarcher
Jun 29, 2016

Bookarcher thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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eason2002
Jul 21, 2013

eason2002 thinks this title is suitable for 1 years and under

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tonging
Oct 05, 2012

tonging thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 25, 2012

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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bookaholic007
Dec 19, 2011

bookaholic007 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 25, 2012

Babies found floating in baskets usually turn out quite well. They get adopted by pharaohs’ daughters and the like, right? Well, that may be the case for some babies, but Peter Nimble isn’t exactly the lucky sort. Found floating in the sea, his eyes pecked out (presumably by the raven perched there), Peter is abandoned to the wilds of the world. On his own he manages to use his talents to become the world’s greatest thief. This talent is swiftly exploited by the nasty Mr. Seamus who makes Peter steal for him. All seems bleak until the day Peter stops to listen to a crazy haberdasher who has come to town. Next thing he knows, Peter has pilfered a box containing three pairs of magical eyes and in accepting them he allows himself to take part in a marvelous, epic adventure.

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