The Adventures of Fawn

Far And Yet So Near

Children - Coming of Age
425 Pages
Reviewed on 09/27/2018
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

‘Whether we’re all together, or we’re far apart--we know in our hearts we have each other. We’ll be far and yet so near!’ The Adventures of Fawn: Far and Yet So Near by Al E.Boy is the third book in the series about young reindeer Fawn and her adventures. The Reindeer Games are just a day away and, like everyone else in Santa’s village, Fawn is also excited. The reindeer want to go outside and practice a little before tomorrow’s games. Fawn and Doctor Weather, Santa Claus’ bride-to-be watch them eagerly head off. Everyone is busy with the preparations and no one notices a black raven flying off in the same direction the reindeer are heading. Santa’s reindeer are being controlled by a mysterious stranger and they march off together to an abandoned cavern. Who is the stranger behind the kidnapping of the reindeer? Running parallel to this plot is a sub plot where Fawn ends up in an English manor house near London after being reindeer-napped. Will she be able to return to the North Pole and be with her friends?

The story is imaginative and has an element of magicality running through which makes it an enchanting read for children. The plot has adventure, magic, suspense, and action and captures the essence of the Christmas season. The characters are also whimsical -- Santa, Doctor Weather, Bunny, Wajic, Snowboy, Comet, Vixen, Fawn, and others -- and there is an element of danger and fear that crops up when they survive the dangers of the ‘Hangnail Pass’ and the ‘Wandering Bridge,’ which makes the plot exciting. The author does a 'fawn-tastic' job of knitting the reindeer-napping of Fawn into the main plot, seamlessly adding another twist to the story. The detailed narration makes the story vivid and tangible to young readers, and the black and white sketches help readers have a better connection with the characters. The tempo of the plot is steady till the very end with all the characters complementing each other as the story progresses. This book will make a perfect Christmas gift because of its festive season backdrop.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

The Adventures of Fawn: Far And Yet So Near by Al E. Boy is the final part of a trilogy. At the start of the Reindeer games, Santa needs to go away on business, taking his friend Wajic, a wizard, with him. Not long after he leaves, a stranger manages to get control of his reindeer and sends them off in all directions. Fawn is left to go after them, with Dr. Mary Weather, Foddle, Snowboy and Bunny, and a few elves. They travel through dangerous grounds and bad weather and finally run into the stranger in a cavern where they find out his plan – to capture all the reindeer. Santa thought he was in time to save them all but an explosion in the cavern covers up Fawn’s reindeer-napping, leaving her unaware of the fate of her family and friends. What will happen to Fawn? Will she ever get to go home again and what is going to happen to Christmas?

The Adventures of Fawn: Far and Yet So Near by Al E. Boy is a lovely story – I didn’t read the first two in the trilogy so I cannot comment on the story as an ending to the trilogy. However, I was drawn in by this book straightaway; the characters were really colorful and were written incredibly well. For a children’s book, it has plenty of suspense in it, lots of intrigue and loads of that all-important action. The story flows well and, rather than just being a kid’s tale, it touches on friendship, on pulling together to help one another out, and on being prepared to do what it takes to right a wrong. Kids of all ages will love this, especially close to Christmas, but obviously this story is best read as part of the series.

Edith Wairimu

The Adventures of Fawn: Far And Yet So Near by Al E. Boy is set in 1849. The Reindeer Games in Santa’s village at the North Pole are just around the corner and Fawn, a young reindeer and daughter to Comet and Vixen, is very excited and so are her friends. This time, Doctor Weather, Santa’s fiancée, will be in charge of the games since Santa and his wizard friend, Wajic, have to leave for some important business. When they are gone, the adult reindeer preparing for the game start marching, as if in a trance, towards nowhere in particular. Doctor Weather, Fawn and their friends Bunny, Snowboy, Foddle and the Forgetful Twins among others follow them trying to steer them back home. But someone else is in control and he is willing to do anything to maintain his influence over the reindeer.

In The Adventures of Fawn, Al E. Boy takes a unique approach to the usual Christmas story and presents an extraordinary tale filled with captivating events. The story is brought to life by the struggle between good and evil. As the story progresses, the excitement that the plot elicits does not end as it keeps getting better and better. The group of friends also overcomes daunting challenges and life-threatening encounters as they try to keep up with the marching reindeer, a testament to their inspiring friendship and love for each other. Even as Fawn faces a different and selfish world, her values remain intact. In the third part of the series, Al E. Boy’s The Adventures of Fawn mostly focuses on love that knows no boundaries. It is not only heart-warming but also inspirational.