First Line: "Now, for those of you who know anything about blind children, you are aware that they make he very best thieves."
Awesome Description: "His voice had a cobwebby quality, and he smelled of stale gingerbread" (49).
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What Others Are Saying: "Even kids who read widely and suspect from the beginning that blind, orphaned Peter Nimble is destined for great things will be caught up in the suspenseful doings and surprise twists. And this book may well convert those who don't consider themselves readers." -Shelf Awareness
What I Thought: Words are magical. Arranged in the perfect combination they can illicit vivid images across our mind-stage. Since Peter is blind this presents an interesting challenge for Auxier in spite of the omnipotent point of view the story is told. He was forced to find words that were more than visual since those are what Peter relies on. To readers this means descriptions steeped in sensory details. Auxier is adept at creating unique worlds and characters. What could be more creative than a knight that was half cat, half horse? Probably suited to upper middle grade or younger readers who's skill is up to the task. This is a great read-aloud.
Author: Jonathan Auxier
Author's Website/ Blog: The Scop
Book Website: Peter Nimble
Who:Born in Vancouver, Canada, he obtained his MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, a lecturer in Victorian children's literature. PETER NIMBLE AND HIS FANTASTIC EYES is his first novel.
What: "Peter Nimble & His Fantastic Eyes takes place in a moment of history when the lines between magic and science were being blurred. Strange, exotic lands were being discovered and becoming known—but with that comes a loss of mystery. The central metaphor in the book is that of a half-finished map: the moment a new island or country gets charted by cartographers, it becomes reduced in some indefinable way . . . and that's sad. In the story, I wanted to take that map metaphor and make it literal. So when Peter Nimble sets out for uncharted waters, he finds himself in a place where the rules of logic and science still don't apply—a place where the impossible is still possible." -Bookpage
How: "I know a lot of writers came out of the womb with a half-finished manuscript in hand, but that wasn't me. My mother was a painter, and I grew up taking advantage of all the amazing (and dangerous) art supplies in our house. I drew constantly. Even now, every story I write begins with a picture. In the case of Peter Nimble, it all started with the image that you see at the top of the first chapter: a baby floating in a basket with a raven perched on the edge that has just pecked out his eyes." -Bookpage
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