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Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes Hardcover – August 1, 2011
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Jonathan Auxier, raised in Canada, now lives with his wife in Los Angeles, where he works as a screenwriter. This is his first novel. You can visit him online at TheScop.com.
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And so it is, along with Sir Tode, the Haberdasher and the Taverner, that I followed Peter Nimble further into the adventure. And what an adventure it turned out to be!
The tone set within the pages of this book is more YA than is The Night Gardener. However, not so much so that an adult won’t enjoy its rhythm. This book is beguiling, and the magic found on every page is engaging. Interesting to me is the way Auxier slyly slides himself into his third person narrative, using an omniscient point of view to speak directly to the reader. Skillfully done.
Auxier is a self-admitted thief.* So writing about a thief is not so far-fetched for him. Peter Nimble, after all, is the greatest thief who ever lived, and being blind since birth only enhances his thievery. When Peter steals a box, he finds the ‘eyes’ that move his life into untold imaginings. Untold, that is, only for someone who isn’t Jonathan Auxier, the ‘Royal Storyteller.’
* Auxier admits to being influenced by the likes of Dickens’ Oliver; C.S. Lewis’ Aslan; Peter Pan; and Gollum, among others. His insight for the inspiration of his own characters is pure mastermind. As you read, you can’t help but think, ‘Hey, this guy stole characters from those other guys!’ Actually, he didn’t ‘steal’ anything. It’s all a matter of sway. Auxier’s characters are from his own creepy little mind.
*tips'o'the hat to mythmakers like Tolkein, Lewis Carroll, Jonathan Swift, G.K. Chesterton, and more.
* I love an adventure story (a pretty simple and clear storyline: hero goes on a quest, at bottom line) that is not simplisticly told. The story is delightful in its telling as well as for it's own merits.
*vocabulary! I don't teach anymore, but as a teacher I would have loved the prospect of vocabulary lists from the story: *meddlesome* *haberdasher* and *pandemonium*. Wordplay is also rampant with "the Just Deserts" and other literary hijinks.
*Characters that are both familiar to fiction in this genre and unique to this story. The characters feel true to the world in which they are set.
*Narration. It isn't fashionable to like narration, but as with Kate DiCamillo's 'A Tale of Despereaux', here it works admirably and the Narrator adds a sense of fun and harks to the adventure-legend sensibility.
*Illustrations. The author was able to illustrate the small chapter heading sketches, and I love the slight illumination this gives to the tale.
My son only read one other book (really a set of books) that he's liked as much as this one, and that's the Silverwing bat trilogy books.