I tend to fall for certain authors and Jonathan Auxier is one of them. I read Peter Nimble and the Fantastic Eyes a year ago or so and didn’t love it at first but for some reason the character of Peter grew on me. I wanted to know about this orphan who had lost his eyes. I wanted to follow his wild tales across the seas. So when Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard came out I was on it.
Sophie is growing up in a book store and is a young bookmender. She has lost her mother and lives in a town that is preparing to burn all books of nonsense. This means all children’s books, and fiction. How could you not be hooked with that as a beginning? Plus dear Peter Nimble arrives in the middle of the night. He brings a book that needs repairing but hold a magic power and possibly the answer to what really happened to Sophie’s mother. This is where we begin – a tale of strange animals, witches, magic, evil and books.
There is so much to share but it is much better to just find a cup of tea, a comfy chair and slide into the world of fantasy. It would make a great read aloud to start the year. You could but don’t really need to read Peter Nimble first. I would read one out loud and leave the other for the students to read and have fun with on their own.