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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.