Review: The Very, Very Far North

Title: The Very, Very Far North
Author: Dan Bar-el
Genre: Children’s
Publisher: Atheneum
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: September 3, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

An inquisitive polar bear named Duane befriends an array of animals as he discovers where he belongs in this charming classic-in-the making that’s reminiscent of Winnie the Pooh.

In the Very, Very Far North, past the Cold, Cold Ocean and just below the hill that looks like a baby whale, you’ll find Duane and his friends.

Duane is a sweet and curious young bear who makes friends with everyone he meets—whether they’re bossy, like Major Puff the puffin, or a bit vain, like Handsome the musk ox, or very, very shy, like Boo the caribou. For these arctic friends, every day is a new adventure!


This book is a bunch of stories about a polar bear named Duane, who lives in the very far north of Canada. He meets a variety of friends in his adventures, such as a pelican and a musk ox. They all have names based on how they look or act. For instance, the musk ox loves looking at himself and refers to himself as Handsome. 

Duane and his friends reminded me of Winnie the Pooh and his friends. Duane is figuring out life in the Arctic, just as Winnie the Pooh is learning about life in the Hundred Acre Woods. Both bears have a youthful, innocent way of looking at life because they are both still learning. 

This book paints a beautiful image of life in the north of Canada. There aren’t many children’s books that are set in that cold climate. This book is a fun way to learn about the animals and environment in northern Canada. 

I loved this book! I highly recommend it for young and older readers. 

Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for providing a copy of thia book in exchange for an honest review. 

What to read next:

Audrey (cow) by Dan Bar-el

Have you read The Very, Very Far North? What did you think of it?

Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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