After finishing Holes, I went to the kids' bookcase to select our next family read. My eyes were immediately drawn to Peter Nimble (written by the same author who penned Sweep, a new family favorite). Peter is a blind orphan forced into thievary by his cruel master. With his heightened senses, he becomes one of the greatest thieves who ever lived. But everything changes when Peter steals a box containing three sets of magical eyes from a traveling haberdasher. The first set of eyes transports Peter to a mysterious island where the haberdasher tasks him with a quest to save a vanished kingdom. Peter is aided on this quest by Sir Tode, a former knight turned into a combination human/horse/cat by a disgruntled hag. Their quest is beset with perils (some of a pretty grim nature), but we think you'll find yourself rooting for this unlikely duo the whole way. Read on for Finnegan, Lourdes and Sabine's thoughts on the book.
Like Sweep, there are some pretty dark scenes (an evil ape is decapitated, Peter is abused by his former master). Did you find the book scary?
Sabine - Not really. It wasn't scary, but there was some violence in it.
Who helped Peter with his quest and how?
Lourdes - Peg. She befriends Peter and joins him on his quest to save the kingdom.
Sabine - Sir Tode is with him the whole quest and acts as Peter's eyes.
Who was Peter's most loyal friend?
Finn - Sir Tode. He kept Peter company through his journey. He alerted Peter when things were wrong (like when the thieves were double crossing him). He was even willing to sacrifice his life on a few occasions to save Peter.
Why did the haberdasher give Peter this quest instead of just helping the vanished kingdom himself?
Sabine - The haberdasher gives Peter the quest because he knows the kingdom is connected to his past.
Lourdes - The quest also forces Peter to learn things about himself.
Here's a quote from the book: “As you know, children (unlike grown-ups) are far too clever to be tricked by impostors - a fact that goes a long way toward explaining their distrust of wicked stepmothers and substitute teachers.” Do you think that's true? That children are less likely to be tricked by imposters than grown ups?
Finn - Yes, sometimes grownups just go along with things and don't ask questions. Whereas kids are suspicious and always questioning things.