Jonathan Auxier was born in Vancouver, Canada, and obtained his MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, a lecturer in Victorian children's literature. PETER NIMBLE AND HIS FANTASTIC EYES is his first novel.
Check out Jonathan's website at www.thescop.com.
"Auxier's strange and inventive debut, PETER NIMBLE AND HIS FANTASTIC EYES, is a beautiful adventure told in a dashing and assured voice. It's Little Nemo in Slumberland meets Oliver Twist." - Audrey Niffenegger, author of the New York Times bestseller THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE
"As delightful a magical story as readers ages 9-14 will hope to find . . . Part hero quest, part orphan saga, and wholly captivating." - Wall Street Journal
"Debut author Auxier spins a lively, magical adventure . . . the fast-paced, episodic story, accompanied by Auxier's occasional pen-and-ink drawings, is inventive, unpredictable, andŚlike its heroŚnimble." - Publishers Weekly
"What is the most telling difference between works of children's literature written long ago and those written today? I'll answer for myself: Tone. The tone of a book like WIND IN THE WILLOWS or THE SECRET GARDEN is difficult to replicate. What PETER NIMBLE manages to do is create a tone akin to those books of yore . . . Kids will stay with Peter every step of the way. It's like something you've seen before and nothing you've ever read." - Elizabeth Bird, children's librarian at the New York Public Library and A Fuse #8 Production blogger
"PETER NIMBLE AND HIS FANTASTIC EYES is both a pull-no-punches adventure with the darkness of the most authentic fairy tales, and a whimsical romp in a fictional world where anything is possible. . . . The book's quirky nature, distinctive plot, and fresh themes will draw young readers in and spark their imaginations, earning it a place on the shelf for re-readings." - Quill & Quire
Kirkus Reviews: "What begins Dickensian turns Tolkien-esque in this quest replete with magic and mystery. . . Auxier has a juggler's dexterity with prose that makes this fantastical tale quicken the senses."
Jennifer Brown, Shelf Awareness: "This book may well convert those who don't consider themselves reader . . . Kids will love being on the inside track and watching how the action unfolds. But most of all, they will root for this reluctant hero and hope for his return."
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Winner of the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year for Children Award
A Junior Library Guild Selection
An Amazon "Big Spring" Children's Book Selection
A Book Page Most Anticipated Children's Book of 2014
School Library Journal starred review: "Auxier gives readers a spooky story with depth and dimension."
Kirkus starred review: "Lots of creepiness, memorable characters, a worthy message . . . make this cautionary tale one readers will not soon forget."
VOYA Magazine, "perfect ten" review: "An excellent ghost story for middle-grade readers . . . 5/5."
Forthcoming April 2016"Sophie is given an extraordinary book to repair, and with it comes all manner of magic and danger. If E. Nesbit penned Don Quixote, the results would be something like this extravagant tale. In this sequel to Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes (2011), that book's title character returns to meet his equal in Sophie, a 12-year-old bookmender. She has dark skin, unlike most of her fellow Bustleburghers, inherited from her deceased mother, who came from a faraway island. Peter delivers to her the magical Book of Who, which puts her in the sights of Inquisitor Prigg, whose life objective is to destroy all nonsense, most specifically storybooks. Sophie quickly learns that the danger to her is very real, as she is a Storyguard, like her mother before her. In the dubious company of charms-purveyor Madame Eldritch, a hexed mandrake, Sir Tode (a small, hooved, catlike creature), and a giant silver tigress, Sophie must find and protect the other three books: of what, where, and when, of course. Together, the four volumes contain information about all the magic that ever existed. Themes of parental legacy, friendship, and the permanence of stories in the minds of their readers are woven through this elaborate adventure. Auxier balances delectable language, invigorating nonsense, and wisdom with aplomb. This novel should be in the hands of every human young enough at heart to be enchanted by the written word." - Booklist (starred review)