The Eyes and the Impossible
by Dave Eggers
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Pub Date 09 May 2023 | Archive Date 15 Aug 2023
Note: The Eyes and the Impossible is being published simultaneously by McSweeney's in a wooden-covered deluxe edition for $28 and by Knopf Books for Young Readers in a traditional hardcover edition for $18.99.
The Eyes and the Impossible is the story of a dog named Johannes. Johannes is a free dog, a fast dog—such a fast dog! He lives in an urban park by the sea, and every day, he runs through the park, seeing all, missing nothing, and reporting what he sees to the park’s three ancient Bison, the Keepers of the Equilibrium. But the Equilibrium has been disrupted.
Mysterious rectangles are hypnotizing Johannes, humans are erecting a strange new building, and an entirely new kind of animal has arrived in the park—and there are hundreds of them. Johannes must run faster, see better, and ultimately do more than run and see—he must liberate those he loves.
Gorgeously illustrated throughout by Shawn Harris (author of Have You Ever Seen A Flower? and illustrator of Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers, among many others)—Dave Eggers’s The Eyes and the Impossible is a lyrical, soulful book full of wit and passion—a timeless story for readers of all ages.
Praise for The Eyes and the Impossible
“One remarkable creature vividly shows readers that “there is so, so much to see.” —Kirkus, starred review
"Utterly delightful...Eggers touches on deep topics with a light hand, effortlessly building suspense and a wonderful sense of adventure. A merry reminder to face the truth about the world and ourselves with compassion, curiosity, and joy." —Booklist, starred review
“So clever and engrossing and sweet. I loved it.”—Roddy Doyle, Man Booker Prize and Irish PEN Award winner
“An exhilarating, funny, frightening, mind-warping, heart-squeezing tale. Told at the speed of light. A must read. For all humans.”—Jon Scieszka
“A total delight: a heroic dog’s account of a thrilling adventure, during which a community determines, separately and together, how to live. I loved it.”—Maile Meloy
“This book is a magic trick. The kind of magic trick where you want to know how to do it so you can also write a book this good.”—Jon Klassen
“The Eyes and the Impossible is Exhibit A in the argument for children’s books being great literature. Honestly, it’s one of the best novels I’ve read in years. It reminded me why I love kids’ books—and why I love reading itself.”—Annie Barrows
“Hilarious, big-hearted, and beautifully written. If you want to know what I think, this book right here is a significant contribution to children’s literature.”—Mac Barnett
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Average rating from 8 members
Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read the ARC of this book. I loved the story told by this character. We humans can learn a lot from the animals in this book.
This was a beautiful, gorgeous, lyrical book. It has humor and insight. I loved the Johannes the dog (also known as The Eyes) and Bertrand & Sonja (the bird and the squirrel).
This book is a love letter to E.B. White. It’s a love letter to art and nature. A love letter to going forth and taking risks. But it’s a hate letter to ducks (you will get this once you read it)
The Eyes and the Impossible is a soul soother of a book that I will pick up & read again for years to come. I will definitely be purchasing the special edition from McSweeney’s!
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