Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes (Paperback)

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"Peter Nimble, an unfortunate orphan whose eyes were pecked out by ravens as a wee babe, has grown into a master thief due to his hard luck upbring as a blind toddler on the streets.  But when he steals a box of magical eyes of onyx, gold, and emerald, he finds himself, unexpectedly and suddenly on an impossible quest to save a lost kingdom- a quest that seems strangely suited to an eyeless boy with a brilliant knack for theft."

— Meghan

"This fantasy quest starring Peter Nimble–an unfortunate, eyeless orphan
turned master thief who ends up on an impossible journey to save a lost
kingdom–is truly charming in a delightfully old-fashioned way."

— Meghan G.


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.

About the Author

Jonathan Auxier is the New York Times bestselling and critically-acclaimed author of Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, The Night Gardener, and Sweep. He lives with his family in Pittsburgh. You can find him online at

Praise For…

"The fast-paced, episodic story, accompanied by Auxier’s occasional pen-and-ink drawings, is inventive, unpredictable, and—like its hero—nimble."
— Publishers Weekly

"This fantasy-adventure has a classic-storytelling flavor... Readers will enjoy the unique Peter, whose adventures, from facing and overcoming hardships to discovering the true meaning of heroism, make for an absorbing debut."
— Booklist

"The lightning-fast pace and terrifically engaging protagonists make this an ideal suggestion for reluctant readers and young fantasy fans."
— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Auxier has a juggler’s dexterity with prose that makes this fantastical tale quicken the senses.”
— Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9781419704215
ISBN-10: 1419704214
Publisher: Amulet Paperbacks
Publication Date: November 1st, 2012
Pages: 400
Language: English