Monday, September 5, 2011
Book Monday: Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
1) I am super stoked about this book because I won it through a contest over at Literary Rambles. When it came in the mail from Regal Literary my heart pounded a little faster. My second ARC ever! And when I tore open the envelope and saw the real live beautiful cover, I held it over my nerdy book loving heart to calm it. (I should delete that...it sounds weird!)
2) The synopsis of this book is so intriguing: 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.
3) The writing is fabulous. Who wouldn't want to read a book with beautiful words like "haberdasher," "swashbuckling," "thievery." Honestly, it was like being swept into Neverland, or something like it. This book has the feel of a classic. Artistic, articulate, magical, colorful, meaningful...are just some of the words that come flowing into my stream of consciousness when I think about this book. (I know...how thoughtful of me:)
4) I started reading it to my six year old daughter, whose attention span I thought might be ready since this book is Middle Grade, but I lost her after just a few pages when Peter Nimble is a baby, gets his eyes pecked out by ravens, and crawls under a pub to drink a mother cat's milk. See I thought that was interesting.
5) Jonathan Auxier is an awesome writer name, dontcha think? So French and elegant. I'm jealous of cool writerly names. Were they born to be writers?