Friday, May 16, 2008

The adventures of Polo by Regis Faller

A little dog named Polo sets off from his tiny island tree house. As he journeys, he meets new friends and explores strange and new places.

What drew me into this wordless comic-style picturebook, was the seamless way Polo moves from place to place and between different modes of transportation. First, his tightrope becomes stairs into the sky, then a fishing line that he can slide down. His boat becomes an airplane, a tree house platform becomes a hot-air balloon, and much, much more!

I also love the brisk, definite lines of the art and the primary colors. They give Polo's adventures a cheerful, homey air, although he is wandering alone, far from home. All the characters he meets, with one exception (grumpy polar bear!) are friendly and each little scare has a happy ending.

Verdict: This is a happy read for poring over alone or with friends and children. It would make an excellent special present as well as a good addition to your library's wordless books or graphic novel collection.

ISBN: 978-1596431607; Published April 2006 by Roaring Brook; Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library (by someone else - before my time)

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