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The Adventures of Polo Hardcover – April 18, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (April 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596431601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596431607
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 3–Polo is a delightfully engaging and most resourceful canine. Equipped only with a small backpack filled with a few necessities, he roams the world and beyond, venturing from the ocean depths into outer space and everywhere in between. Whether traveling by boat, plane, spaceship, or swiftly scuttling cloud, this plucky pup is always primed for his next escapade, all the while collecting friends from the four corners of the universe. Young readers will be charmed by this hound, and be awed by his ingenuity. Somewhat similar to a graphic-novel format, this wordless picture book contains bold, colorful, cartoon panels that are sure to captivate even the most finicky youngster.–Debbie Lewis O'Donnell, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL
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PreS-Gr. 2. Polo is a smart little dog who leaves his island tree house looking for adventure. His backpack bulges with supplies for every situation--his xylophone, which he uses to play in a monkey jazz band; the sticks and string he pulls out for a lava-side hot-dog roast. He sails through fog, rides a balloon, meets a snowman, and climbs a ladder to the moon, making new friends along the way. Although this may look like a picture book in terms of size, it's really a graphic novel. Faller uses sequential art to perfection in a charming, exceptionally clever, well-told story totally reliant on the art. The tale was originally published in France, but the story has universal appeal, and children will easily relate to the tales' strong sense of adventure and share Polo's curiosity about the wider world they don't yet know. Best of all, the wordless approach gives children space to add their own imaginative interpretations to the pictures. Tina Coleman
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The age range says 4-8, but my three year old was an instant fan after one "read".
S. Hungsberg
There's no words just charming pictures, so the reader has to add the words, which means you can make it as detailed or as simple as you like.
Neil Cochrane
My daughter loves this book (and her other Polo books), every time I ask her what she wants to read she tells me Polo.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Hungsberg on June 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is an incredibly enjoyable book that both you and your child(ren) will love. The age range says 4-8, but my three year old was an instant fan after one "read". Since there are no words and only many clever and charming illustrations, kids can easily follow along. Not only that, both the reader and the "readee" can add their own details to the unfolding story, only enhancing its appeal. I can't wait to get my hands on more Polo books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heidi on February 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
We LOVE this book, and his new one too. Each time we can change the story however we choose. It's so fun to let our 2 year old participate with her ideas! Our 4 year old loves to play pretend with this book. It's the perfect book for when we're all a little too tired to read.

The illustrations are beautifully done with a playful bent. This little dog has the best adventures!! Driving clouds, becoming friends with an imprisoned snowman (who he helps escape), and learning that friendship is the most important thing of all.

A++ from this family!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is amazing. I am well over the suggested age to read this book, yet Polo still managed to take me from my reading chair into an amazing world where all things are possible. I highly recommend this book for all ages.
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By KN on July 28, 2013
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My four year old son loves this wordless book. He is forced to used imagination and expressions to "read" the book. Also since he is able to "read" it...gives him a sense of great achievement because he is reading it and not being read to.
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By Debbie O on May 22, 2013
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This book is so much fun to read. That would be fun for me and the little ones. You and your little can make up the story together. The story can change everytime or be built upon. The pictures are great.
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By zahurul h syed on March 9, 2013
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We just love the vivid pictures and the simple story line. My 2.5 yr old daughter loves it and she makes up her own storyline.
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By Brick on February 13, 2013
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This book has charming illustrations that tell the story of the dog's crazy adventures . My 3.5 year old loves it.
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By Neil Cochrane on August 1, 2012
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My daughter's favourite series for over a year now (just turned three), and this is the book that started it all.
There's no words just charming pictures, so the reader has to add the words, which means you can make it as detailed or as simple as you like. It also allows my daughter to 'read' the story when I'm not there.

The smaller Polos are ideal for bedtime as they are a little shorter - but this one has a much better adventure. We've got them all and wish there were more.
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