Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by @JonathanAuxier

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Gardener, Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is the utterly beguiling tale of a ten-year-old blind orphan who has been schooled in a life of thievery. One fateful afternoon, he steals a box from a mysterious traveling haberdasher—a box that contains three pairs of magical eyes. When he tries the first pair, he is instantly transported to a hidden island where he is presented with a special quest: to travel to the dangerous Vanished Kingdom and rescue a people in need. Along with his loyal sidekick—a knight who has been turned into an unfortunate combination of horse and cat—and the magic eyes, he embarks on an unforgettable, swashbuckling adventure to discover his true destiny.


[Now, for those of you who know anything about blind children, you are aware that they make the very best of thieves]


(@scholasticuk, 2 January 2012, first published 1 August 2011, 320 pages, paperback, #popsugarreadingchallenge 2020, a book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement, borrowed from @GlasgowLib)  




Oh, this was a treat to read, an absolute treat. I found myself falling deep into the story from the first page and it held me tight until I reached the end and all of Peter’s secrets and his true identity had been revealed. I liked the little black and white illustration at the start of each chapter hinting what was to come. I loved the way the book was narrated, like a wise old professor was telling a beguiling bedtime story. This has all the trademarks of great children’s fiction – magic, adventures, scheming adults and kids too smart for their own good. I was enthralled with this book.

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