Saturday, January 7, 2012
Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
If you mix elements from Oliver Twist, Alice In Wonderland and King Arthur plus a few other fairy tale plots, and then throw in some extra twists and elements, you will have Peter Nimble.
Peter's eyes were plucked out by ravens when he was an infant, and he then survived on his own by nursing on a cat, and learning how to steal food and clothing. When he was 5, he was taken in by an old orphan master who trained him to be an even better thief and forced him to steal for him.
He then meets a mysterious haberdasher, and steals a box from him which contains three sets of what he later learns are fantastic eyes.
Together with Sir Tode, who was once a knight, but has been enchanted and is now part cat and part horse, Peter and his fantastic eyes goes on an adventure that keeps the reader wondering what will happen next. This book is fantastic, creative and fun.