From School Library Journal
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 KanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved