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.Pick this one up. Absolutely adorabe, genuinely new ideas, and beautifully crafted. This is why kids fall in love with books!
Friday, July 22, 2011
I would KILL to have this title on Kindle, so if you are listening, Amulet Books, get on that! This title-- which is available in hardcover for a reasonable $17, is the most charming thing written for kids I've come across since Harry. Jonathan Auxier has created an incredibly charming adventure with this novel. Peter, the title character and hero, is a blind orphan. At the tender age of ten he must learn to survive, and does so by becoming an unlikely thief. He steals a box filled with three sets of magical eyes. From the blurb on on amazon.com: