Pax By Sara Pennypacker, Illustrated by Jon Klassen
- Format: UK Paperback, 294 pages.
- Publisher: Harper Collins Kids.
- Release Date: 1st September 2017
- Links: Waterstones, Goodreads.
- Rating: 4 Stars.
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 favourite 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.
A few weeks ago I met up with some lovely bloggers from the North East for our first book club which of course meant that there would certainly be buying of books, however this book was a total surprise. After all I only picked it up due to Aimee pointing it out and from just seeing the gorgeous cover I knew that I would have to buy. Once home however I finally got to read the blurb and knew that this was a book for me and most likely end in tears because I love a good human/animal bonding story.
Set during what I presume is World War Two, Pax is an extremely powerful and emotive novel which I absolutely adored. Split into dual perspectives we follow both Pax and Peters journeys from the moment they are parted and they’re fight to be reunited once again. After Peter is forced by his father to abandon Pax before he moves in with his Grandfather we see his struggle with this and instead decides to run away back home and on the way rescue Pax and be reunited with his fox. Pax however is sure his boy will return to him despite what other foxes say about man, Pax’s boy is completely different and will come for him.
I absolutely adored this story, especially during Pax’s perspective which quite honestly I cried a little bit at it. Seeing how Pax is growing to learn his own kind and become so protective of them was a journey I really loved. I feel the story of a whole holds just a powerful message about how animals are apart of the family but not only that, the story sends the message about growing up, acceptance as well as the idea of letting go and moving on.
If you are a fan of Disney films, stories such as Homeward Bound or anything about animals as part of families then this is definitely a book which you should definitely read!