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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: The Adventures of Polo
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; 1St Edition edition (April 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596431601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596431607
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
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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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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. When we meet him, he's just leaving his house --- a giant tree on a tiny island. There's a stake in the ground. And a rope tied to it and leading.... somewhere. Polo unfurls his umbrella, steps up on the rope, and, like a circus performer, balances on it and walks over the ocean.

The taut rope turns into stairs. Polo climbs to the top, descends a rope slide, lands on a cloud. Sailing aloft, he eats a bowl of white cloud. He comes upon another cloud, with another dog, fishing. Polo slides down the fishing line to a boat --- conveniently named "Polo" --- and sails off.

Night falls. Polo dons a diving mask, sinks to the ocean bottom, finds a glowing star in a treasure chest.
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Polo is an adorable, patch-eyed dog who leads a rich, imaginative life. He lives in a large tree on a small island in the sea. Said island has a line staked to it leading ... onto the next page. Polo gathers his surprisingly well-stocked-for-its-size backpack, grabs his umbrella, and exits the island by tight-rope walking on the line. The line, conveniently enough, turns into stairs, which then lead to a slide. Polo slides down onto a fluffy cloud and has his breakfast of cloud soup (the bowl being the first of many items to emerge from his backpack) before visiting his friend who is fishing from the cloud he lives on. Polo then slides down the fishing line to land on his own boat before setting off on an underwater adventure.

So begins this utterly impossible - yet entirely convincing - wordless adventure book. Each page bends the mind a bit further as Polo travels through visual tricks and treats from one adventure to another, ranging from whales to icebergs to the moon, only to end up back on his tree-island with all the friends he's met along the way.

The book is illustrated with bold, brightly colored cartoon-like illustrations that vividly bring each unlikely scene to believable life. Children will be drawn to the colors and the whimsy of the book. Also, because it is entirely wordless, this is the first book that my four and a half year old can "read" by herself. She likes to read it by flashlight curled up under her covers before falling asleep at night.

This book is charming and delightful for both children and their parents. We will be adding more Polo books to our collection soon!
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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. Polo climbs a ladder to the sky, is scooped up birds, falls inside an iceberg and climbs up to the moon, where little green men welcome him into their mushroom-strewn underground kingdom...

Polo is a marvelous 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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