- Where did the idea for Polo come from? Find out in this essay from author Regis Faller.
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The Adventures of Polo: A Picture Book Hardcover – April 18, 2006
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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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Top customer reviews
We originally bought this as an airplane book, so our toddlers had something to look at on a loud plane trip. We also found it to be great for language development because we could talk about the story in countless different ways.
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)
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.