The Very, Very Far North by Dan Bar-El

Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

This is a lovely story about a polar bear named Duane, and his many friends in the very, very far north: C.C., the snowy owl, Major Puff, a military trained puffin, Magic, a lovely white snow fox, Handsome, a very, very vain musk ox, whose primary occupation is staring at his reflection in the water, Twitch, an arctic hare, Boo, a caribou, and Sun Girl, a human girl, whom you might think would be the main character of the story, being the only human, but she isn’t. (Duane is)

As with most children’s books with animal characters, these animals (and one human animal) all get along as friends, and even better, all seem to speak the same language. Don’t let this deter you from reading this wonderful gem of a story, because, from the very beginning, when Duane and Handsome begin their journey, we learn lots of things about these friends, the great white north, and, if we pay attention, to what and who we are, as well. Enough from me. As Duane thinks at the start of this adventure, “Light mood, positive spirit, bouncy steps. These are the ideal things to bring along when exploring.”

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC BAR-EL)

A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life by James Bowen

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

This is a heartwarming memoir that was an international bestseller a few years ago.

The author was a street musician barely surviving on the streets of London when he takes in a stray yellow tomcat. James is on methadone, trying to kick his heroin addiction. When he starts bringing Bob along, the money increases. Everyone loves Bob!

But Bob does more than that – he gives James someone to love and care for, talk to and forces him to pursue a clean, sober life.

I loved this, its another book that illustrates the bond of humans and the animals we love. This book is great reading from young teens to seniors.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (636.8 BOW)