Pax by Sara Pennypacker (Illustrated by Jon Klassen)
|This is a heart-warming, poignant, and insightful tale. Peter and Pax, young boy and his fox, separated by war, provide counter-heroes as they strive to get back to each other. While the morals and storyline are perfect for children, the depth and insight of this book is such that it is a worthy read for adults too. Digging into the crevices of war, the implications and consequences of it, the emotional upheaval, and the growth brought on by its machinations, this tale is one of the best books I have read in some time.
The parallel storylines are also parallel interrogations of adaptation, grief, loss, war and self-discovery. This theme of personal growth dictates the entire book, and, I was very happy to note that the ending (no spoilers I promise) did not betray that theme but reinforced it, and the morality (truth to the self above all else) that guides the story.
In short, an excellent read, and a wonderful experience.
NB** I have not commented on the illustrations because the ARC copy I received in exchange for an honest review did not have illustrations**
Published February 2nd 2016 by Balzer + Bray