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Polo: The Runaway Book (The Adventures of Polo) Hardcover – January 9, 2007

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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2—Polo, the irrepressible and resourceful pooch readers first met in The Adventures of Polo (Roaring Brook, 2006), returns when a little alien steals his new book. He gives chase up strings, down ladders, through a fun-house mirror, in the air, and-well, wherever Faller's fertile imagination takes the little canine. Equipped only with his backpack and dogged determination, Polo follows the thief through graphic-novel-style wordless panels from one fantastic series of improbable adventures to another. Along the way he makes friends, effects rescues, and dodges danger in unexpected ways that will delight readers and confound expectations. Never at a loss in any crisis, the pup pulls from his backpack full banquets, a tuba, rope, and any number of items to help him overcome sticky situations. The chase's conclusion is satisfying, and all of the characters join Polo at his home for a grand celebration. The uncluttered, bright art has plenty of child appeal. Young readers will return often to pore over and revel in Polo's imaginative exploits.—Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI
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Polo the dog receives a new book as a gift, but when he falls asleep, a curious little creature that looks like a ball of light takes it. The ensuing chase leads Polo into a series of fantastic adventures and gives him the opportunity to meet many new friends. The nearly wordless book (Polo occasionally calls out, "My book!") progresses in colorful panels across each page in a logical narrative that begs readers to supply dialogue. Faller has fun playing with the readers' expectations. In one sequence, Polo plants a magical seed that grows into a huge plant, but when he climbs to the top, he finds himself clinging to a dandelion-like puffball. The ending, when Polo finally catches up to the little creature, is a sweet celebration of reading. The oversize format and paint-box-bright colors make this a visual delight that can be used in prereading activities as well as for family sharing. Kat Kan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: The Adventures of Polo
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (January 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159643189X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596431898
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.6 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heidi on February 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
We LOVE the Polo books! They are some of the favorites on our bookshelf. There are no words, just lavish, very creative illustrations. Children can make up a new story each time they read. Polo drives clouds, plants magic beans and climbs a beanstalk, lands on pink clouds that are made of cotton candy, and most importantly, learns that friendship is the most important thing.

A++ from this family!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Regis Faller's "Polo" picture books are absolutely brilliant and magical... These fab French imports feature Polo, a cheerful, indomitable cartoon dog with a flair for improvisation, bravery and boundless curiosity... The wordless, multi-panel graphic novels recall the fantastic, breathless wonder of the old "Tin-Tin" books, only without any real sense of danger, just pure adventure, fantasy, and fun.

In this volume, Polo returns, and so do the little green men: one of them sneaks into Polo's bedroom and steals his new book, starting a chase that takes them across the oceans, up into the sky, into a weird, white Limbo and into a cloud kingdom with a delicate princess who becomes Polo's friend. Picking up other friends along the way, Polo crosses deserts and rides clouds, frees a genie and climbs a giant dandelion, like Jack climbed the the beanstalk. Finally, after seventy color-filled pages, he catches up to the little green guy, who is reading the runaway book to a group of his friends. Polo sits down to listen, and when the story is over, the green guy gives it back to him.

Polo is an amazing reading experience, and it expects as much from its readers as it gives back. Adults can guide children through the story, commenting on each panel, or summarizing entire pages, creating the narrative as they go along. Children can also spend hours alone, pouring over the panels and making up stories of their own... and they will!

Highly recommended. One of our favorite books. (ReadThatAgain)
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We (my preschool daughters and I) become hooked on Polo after we stumbled on "The Adventures of Polo" at the library. After finishing that one, we eagerly checked out and read the shorter, smaller Polo books, but searched in vain for this one. I finally decided to break down and buy it, and what a great buy it is! Now I guess I'll have to break down and buy "Adventures" for our permanent collection too.

Like the other Polo books, this book uses bright, bold, colorful, mostly wordless comic-style panels to tell/show an utterly impossible yet completely believable adventure story of the plucky little dog Polo. The story begins even before the beginning with a prologue depicting Polo's friend Lily going to a bookstore that looks suspiciously like a teapot. After selecting just the right book, she has it wrapped and sent off via pelican to Polo's tiny island with his oversized tree house. "My book!" exclaims Polo.

The book proper opens with Polo settling in to read his book in his tree house bedroom. Polo begins to get drowsy, and so he turns off the light and snuggles in for a snooze, his precious book still resting on him. As he sleeps, however, we see a string descend into Polo's window and a mysterious yellow-green light with feet climbs down the string and begins reading Polo's book. The light's laughter awakens Polo, so the light grabs the book and makes a break for it back up the string.

In hot pursuit, Polo climbs up the same string. And climbs, and climbs, until he reaches the end of the string, which isn't attached to anything. Oops, Polo begins to fall, but fortunately he soon lands in a pink cloud of cotton candy. So begins the first of many of Polo's adventures in pursuit of the light and his book.
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Format: Hardcover
At last! A book our daughter can read to us. Or, rather, "read," because actually recognizing words and sentences is, at 5, still pretty much beyond her. But when she tells us a story, based on her understanding of pictures arranged in a narrative ---- she loves that. Makes her feel big. Smart. No wonder she says, "I'm five...but in my head, I'm seven."

Emboldened by a good first experience, we risked a second book told completely in pictures: "The Adventures of Polo", by the French illustrator Regis Faller. As with "Flotsam", this is a story that starts simply and gets increasingly --- and, from the child's point-of-view, delightfully --- complex. You might think complexity is beyond a child who can't read. If so, get this book, ask your kid to "tell me the story," and see what you get. ["Polo" is said to be appropriate for kids as old as eight. I can't imagine a kid beyond six who will respond, but you know your kid.]

Here's what "Polo" gives you: an upbeat little dog in dark pants, a red jacket and a brown backpack. The story? One zany adventure after another. And the illustrations! Vibrant primary colors make this a book of incessant good cheer. It's a pleasure just to see "Polo" on a coffee table --- the cover suggests the pleasure within.

There are five Polo books published in France. As yet, there are only two Polos available in this country. Why? It's not like they need to be translated. (In all the books, Faller has said, there are, in fact, three words.)

Not long ago, we knew nothing of Polo. Now the little guy is our daughter's new best friend. As she tells us of his adventures, we turn into goofballs and beam with pride.

This deep pleasure is, I suspect, also available in your home.
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