When blind 10-year-old orphan Peter Nimble steals a box from a mysterious traveling haberdasher, he doesn't expect the box to contain three pairs of magical eyes, in this novel for readers 8 to 12. When he tries the first pair, Peter is instantly transported to Professor Cake's island, where he is asked to travel to the dangerous Vanished Kingdom and rescue a people in need. Along with his loyal sidekick Sir Tode—a knight who has been turned into an unfortunate combination of horse and cat—and the magic eyes, Peter embarks on an adventure on which he may discover his own true destiny.
"It is incredibly difficult to write a book for the youth of today that is interesting to them and yet manages to feel "timeless" without covering itself in must and dust. That Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes succeeds in this endeavor is a testament not only to its author but to a publishing world that's willing to put out something that doesn't slot into the usual five categories of books for youth."—School Library Journal