Series #: Peter Nimble, #1
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Middle Grades
Original Publication Date: 2011
Read: 05 – 09 Mar 2016
Summary: Peter Nimble is a blind orphan, but he’s done pretty well for himself as a thief. He’s done so well, in fact, that he’s managed to steal a mysterious box that should’ve been un-stealable. The box, it turns out, contains pairs of eyes and he, being a curious thief-child, tries a pair on (in??). Well, turns out those pairs of eyes were magical and Peter is now involved in an Adventure. And this Adventure, like many others before it and many others after it, contains a Princess, a sidekick, children in need of a good rescue, bad guys, a really bad guy, magic, trickery, more magic, and friendship. Fast-paced and delightful, Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is a nimble and fantastic story.
Review: Although I saw this book before I heard of The Night Gardener, I actually enjoyed the narrative of the Night Gardener better. Regardless of that, Peter Nimble was fast fun, if a bit predictable. I have to bear in mind, though, that this book is for children. Sometimes I felt as though Auxier was talking down to his target audience a bit, but that it was done in a Lemony Snicket sort of way, without any of the “adults never know what they’re talking about” undertone (and overtone) of Snicket.
Recommendation: I recommend this book for young readers who like fantasy and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, but be warned: there is a squicky bit or two.
Publisher: Penguin Group Canada
Edition ISBN: 9780143185727