Friday, June 11, 2010

Polo & the Dragon by Regis Faller

One wintry day, Polo goes out on his boat. It's so cold that the water freezes and the boat gets stuck. With help from a quill and ink, Polo draws himself a way out. In the forest, he unknowingly wanders into a dragon's lair. Fearing for his safety, Polo flees his dragon foe. The dragon turns out to be friendly. He uses his fire to thaw Polo's boat. The two sail home and enjoy a nice dinner under the stars.

What I thought: The Polo books bring back the magic of comic strips for me. The ones I liked best had minimal words (Ziggy, Garfield). Polo's such a lovable character. Faller's skill as an illustrator is great. To create such charming stories with no words isn't something just anyone could do.

(New York: Roaring Brook Press, 2003)

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