In this outing, fans will discover a mellower side to the can-do canine that debuted in The Adventures of Polo. French artist Faller creates another inventive, wordless story revealed in panel art, although more modest in scope than its predecessors. (And in literal size, too, with a smaller trim size and less than half the length.) On his small island, Polo, a cafe au lait-hued pup, lives a quiet life, watering tidy rows of tomato plants and dining alone on the fish he catches. That is, until Lily, a spunky rabbit who cruises around on a cloud, plops into his tree house bedroom. (Aficionados may recall her cameo in Polo: The Runaway Book.) Faller's jewel-toned panels are wry and expressive: flapping ears and a lifted eyebrow convey Polo's huffy response to a playful squirt of the garden hose. While still quirky--Polo answers Lily's call on a telephone ringing in a left-behind suitcase--this title shifts from the surreal slapstick of its predecessors to the gently offbeat unfolding of a friendship. Published simultaneously with Polo and the Magic Flute. Ages 4-8. (May)[Page 48]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
PreS-Gr 2-These whimsical wordless picture books star a likable pup with a brown spot over one eye and floppy ears that stand up, down, or out to the sides to express a variety of emotions. Polo lives in a cozy duplex inside a large tree that fills up most of a tiny island. In the first story, the pooch's solitary lifestyle is interrupted when Lily, a rabbitlike character cruising along on a flying cloud, accidentally crashes into his window and the two spend a pleasant day together. In the second book, Polo's fishing expedition turns into a Zen adventure, as he is shipwrecked on an island where he meets a mystical koala and journeys home via a flying rug powered by a magic flute. The action is conveyed entirely through the cartoon artwork, presented on single pages and in panels. Employing bright crystalline hues, sharp black lines, and delightfully delineated details, the playful illustrations clearly convey the specifics of the story lines while establishing a fanciful world in which wondrous things are believably commonplace. The wordless format encourages kids to take an active role in the storytelling, identifying the important plot elements, discerning the sequencing, and verbalizing the action. These books will captivate youngsters' imaginations and nurture literacy skills.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal[Page 62]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.