I’ve been eyeing this book for a very long time, especially because of this gorgeous cover, but also because one of the main “characters” of the book was a FOX! And animals in books or movies are my utter weakness.
This book was my cover-pick for one of the Booktube-a-Thon 2017 challenges and I devoured it in one day, crying and sobbing throughout the whole narrative.
Pax was only a kit when his family was killed, and “his boy” Peter rescued him from abandonment and certain death. Now the war front approaches, and when Peter’s father enlists, Peter has to move in with his grandpa. Far worse than being forced to leave home is the fact that Pax can’t go. Peter listens to his stern father—as he usually does—and throws Pax’s favorite toy soldier into the woods. When the fox runs to retrieve it, Peter and his dad get back in the car and leave him there—alone. But before Peter makes it through even one night under his grandfather’s roof, regret and duty spur him to action; he packs for a trek to get his best friend back and sneaks into the night. This is the story of Peter, Pax, and their independent struggles to return to one another against all odds. Told from the alternating viewpoints of Peter and Pax.
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Peter has to let Pax go, as his father tells him to, he is moving to live with his grandfather during the War. The first few pages already made me cry, just seeing how Peter was hurt and Pax’s desperation who didn’t know anything aside from his cage and Peter’s house.
Realizing his big mistake, Peter goes through incredible adventures, on his quest to find Pax, while the little fox has to make it on his own, abandoned by his trusted friend.
This book is listed as Middle Grade, however I believe a teenager, a young adult or an adult would find it utterly captivating and full of hidden messages that younger readers might not be able to grasp.
All characters and every scene had a purpose, it was not a random mixture of events thrown together just for the sake of it. Every scene was well thought and well written. Every character brought something to the story. Even the librarian and the soldier. They all had contributed their own truth, during the harsh years of War.
As the main character, Peter was mature beyond his age. Wondering things even adults sometimes don’t question.
This story is just not about the fox and his human companion, this story is about the destruction brought by wars, the destruction brought by humans. It’s about anger and forgiveness, it’s about finding yourself when you were never lost. It was the most beautiful and heartbreaking story I have ever read!
I heard some mixed feeling about the ending, some people disliked it a lot, but for me it felt perfect. It felt right!
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5
If you haven’t read this book yet, I am not sure what you are waiting for! And if you did, let me know in the comments down below what you think about it? Did you like it? Did you dislike it? Did you find it simple or complex?
2 thoughts on “Pax by Sara Pennypacker | An emotional story about the boy and his fox that broke my heart!”
I read pax this year as well. I LOVE Jon Klassen artwork, his picture books are beautiful. But I agree with you. The fact that is can be enjoyed by people of all ages can be applied to many children’s literature. They are often some of my favorite works of fiction. Awesome review! Thanks for bringing it to the attention of the book blogging world 🙂
I will have to read this asap because I adore foxes 🙂 I too agree that picture books can affect adults too! Here is one recommendation from me: Jane, the Fox, and me by Fanny Britt – about a young girl who adores Jane Eyre, is an outcast, loner and then meets a fox 🙂