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The Eyes and the Impossible

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Outstanding animal adventure has deep, complex emotions.

Book Dave Eggers Fantasy 2023
The Eyes and the Impossible Book Cover: A dog running on a sunlit path through a forest

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age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+
age 5+

Fantastic book. You'll be glad you read it!

This is a great book. The reading level is for middle grades, I think 3-6. But it would be great for a read-aloud down to 4 or 5 years of age. It's a fun story told from the point of a dog who lives in a park. He is very smart but doesn't know a lot of things that kids know, which is highly entertaining for kids! When he describes things, sometime they really have to put on their thinking caps to figure out what he really means. There are also some heavy topics handled very gently. Things about family, identity, independence, friendship, and courage to name a few. If you like audio books, this one is beautifully read by Ethan Hawke. But if you get the hard cover, you're in for a treat with the beautiful illustrations and lovely book.

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This outstanding adventure story weaves complex thoughts about loyalty, friendship, and purpose into an epic escape plot that's pure bliss to read. The Eyes and the Impossible immerses readers in the mind of an energetic, contemplative dog who has no sense of time or distance but who speaks with authority about what he sees and is fiercely devoted to his friends. His thoughts about "the rectangles" lead to simple but deep questions, and his quick friendship with the goat Helene shows every aspect of his personality and priorities. The book's vocabulary is sophisticated but easy to follow, and the chatter among the animals pulls readers deep into their world and asks big questions in small ways, inviting readers to answer in their own way and own time, just like Johannes.

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