Monday, June 6, 2011
Polo and the Dragon
Reviewing a book without words is tough, but in the case of Polo and the Dragon, a book without words can often unlock a child's imagination in a more powerful way than something that has a clearly defined story.
The 'Polo' series of books by Regis Faller are cute comic-strip-style books that beg adults (and their fidgety toddlers) to make up the story as they go along.
Laid out like a set of proper 'funny comics' panels, Polo and the Dragon weaves a mystical tale of the dog Polo and an adventure on his cute little boat.
Getting stuck in the snow, Polo discovers a parallel world through a magic door. Searching the mystical land beyond it, Polo soon encounters a dragon. But is he friend or foe?
Lovingly drawn and an instant hit with Charlotte, it just goes to show you don't always need words to conjure up a fantastic story.
Charlotte's best bit: Making her own little stories up using the pictures as a reference
Daddy's favourite bit: Dragon-flamed Kebabs!
Rating: 4 out of 5