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The Last Bear Reviews

The Last Bear by Hannah Gold, Levi Pinfold

The Last Bear

Hannah Gold, Levi Pinfold

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2 reviews

Category: Children's
Imprint: HarperCollins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 18 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9780008411282

Imagine making friends with a polar bear... The Last Bear is perfect for readers of 8+, beautifully illustrated throughout by Levi Pinfold - winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and illustrator of Harry Potter 20th anniversary edition covers.

  • The TimesChildren's Book of the Week
5 stars out of 5
Alex O’Connell
20 Feb 2021


Sure, you have to suspend your disbelief that a small girl would not be eaten for an appetiser by a starving bear. You have to quell the desire to get on the phone to social services, so neglected is April by her dad. Her surviving her later escapades involving a boat, a tarpaulin and freezing water also strains probability. But this magical, confidently told story — with beautiful illustrations by Levi Pinfold — of an extreme form of isolation, the myopic nature of grief and the hope that children might save the world, is one to submit to. I predict a roaring success.


4 stars out of 5
Nicolette Jones
28 Feb 2021

"This book evokes a powerful and tender relationship"

The story has haunting and realistic illustrations by Levi Pinfold and is written in clear, everyday prose, somewhat in the spirit of the work of Michael Morpurgo. This book evokes a powerful and tender relationship, involves the kind of adventure a child could never embark on in reality (the best kind) and is a roaring call to protect the planet.