Rating: 4 stars.
The story centres around Peter (a young boy) and Pax (a fox raised by Peter as a pet). After a difficult separation, Peter works to try and get Pax back.
This was an adorable tale and I raced right through it (couldn’t stop). I really enjoyed the perspective that the author created from Pax. I found it very much like I’d imagine how the fox would see the world, entering it without a lot of understanding. The descriptions were beautifully simplistic and whimsical.
Peter’s hardships were quite the challenge to overcome, but his new friend made for an interesting companion character. I loved the illustrations. They were a great accompaniment to the book, and the cover totally sucked me into the tale from the beginning.
I’m not overly impressed with the ending, and I find it difficult to criticize without giving anything away. Regardless, it left me unsatisfied.
Recommendation: Junior Readers. It was sweet, some darker stuff in here with respect to the animal hunting, so if that makes you queasy, skip those sections.