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 Peters father enlists, Peter has to move in with his grandpa. Far worse than being forced to leave home is the fact that Pax cant go. Peter listens to his stern fatheras he usually doesand throws Paxs favorite toy soldier int...
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The best book I have read in a long, long time. I'll write a review once I finish putting my heart back together. Hoo boy.
Wild and tame, war and peace, anger and love--Pax is a beautiful meditation, almost fable-like, on these interconnected themes. No word is wasted or wanting in the luminous tale of Peter and his fox, Pax and and their converging journeys. Pennypacker masterfully creates emotions that are palpable, like the tension of the father’s simmering anger or Peter’s overwhelming ...more
I haven’t written a review about this book yet because I don’t really have anything to say about it. Overall, it was just kind of… meh. It’s disappointing because I expected to like this book or at least be affected by it in some way, but the truth is it didn’t tug at the heartstrings, it didn’t make me cry, and it didn’t really make me react at all.
The book gets kind of repetitive early on. It switches between Peter’s perspective and Pax’s and all the chapters are fairly similar: Peter is toil ...more
Книжка про лиса і його хлопчика — це, звичайно, історія про любов і вірність. Втративши маму в автокатастрофі, Пітер знаходить таке ж осиротіле лисеня. Пітерів батько не подужав смерті дружини і геть відсторонився від сина, тож маленький рудий Пакс швидко став найліпшим другом Пітера. Але це також історія про війну, і про той жахливий слід, який вона приносить в життя людей і тварин. Коли Пітерів батько вирішує приєднатися до війська і спихнути сина на дідуся, який мешкає за триста миль, то тако ...more
"How many kids this week, he wondered, had woken up this week to find their worlds had changed...? Their parents gone off to war, maybe never coming home. That was the worst, of course. But what about the smaller loses? How many kids missed their older brothers or sisters for months at a time? How many friends had to say good-bye? How many kids went hungry? How many had to move? How many pets had they have to leave behind to fend for themselves? And why didn't anyone count those things? People s ...more
What a great story about a boy and his fox. Pax was taken in as a kit by his boy. After five years his father makes him leave the fox in the woods saying it is because of the war. His heart is broken and this book is about both their journeys. You alternate between the story of the fox and the story of the boy. It is a very heartfelt story that I didn't want to stop. Beautifully written and full of emotion, the characters were wonderful and you rooted them on. This is a pretty short read and I w ...more
WELL I'M MAD. I get so so nervous reading animal stories because I love animals. They are so pure, so precious and we don't deserve their perfectness. And I'm always SO STRESSED reading animal books because when do they end well??? Never. GAH. But this book seemed beautiful so I wanted to try it!
And it was beautiful. And the illustrations were gorgeous and the writing was everything. But FLIPPITY FLYING FRUIT to that ending. I'm disappointed and slightly furious. The ending is probably not what ...more
Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.
I was really hoping that 2016 would be different than 2015 when it came to me and super hyped beloved by the kidlit powers that be MG books. If Pax by Sara Pennypacker is any indication, I'm still going to be one of the minority dissenters. So be it. Honestly, I could write an entire post about the sort of books that get the most attention and promotion from said powers and what that says about the priorities of the kidlit elite, ...more
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book for review, and then proceeded to read the entire book in one sitting. This is one of the most remarkable books, let alone middle-grade reader books, that I've read in a very long time. Pennypacker's prose is crystalline, surprising, and utterly lovely as she bounds from Pax's perspective to Peter's, and back again. I so appreciate that even though this book is "for younger reader's," she doesn't condescend to them in the slightest; she raised the ...more