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POLO by Régis Faller Kirkus Star


The Runaway Book

by Régis Faller & illustrated by Régis Faller

Age Range: 5 - 10

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 1-59643-189-X
Publisher: Roaring Brook

The resourceful flop-eared pup with the bottomless backpack, introduced in The Adventures of Polo (2006), sets out on a new odyssey when a stick-limbed, pea-like interloper scampers off with his bedtime reading. Without words and with exquisite comic timing, Faller propels his determined pursuer headlong on a merry chase across “lands” of cloud, snow, sand and cotton candy, across seas, through a mirror, on flights by balloon and kite. Along the way, Polo acquires a penguin and other traveling companions, meets a princess and a genie and escapes one predicament after another—usually by entirely improbable means. Catching up at last, he sees the “thief” putting its swag to good use with an audience of rapt listeners, and shepherds the lot back to his floating home, where all (plus some characters from the previous outing) gather beneath the stars for snacks and fireworks. Illustrated with bright, clear colors and narrated in comic strip–style panels, this roller coaster ride is an unalloyed delight. Are there more episodes to come? Let’s hope so. (Graphic fiction. 5-10)