Monday, 6 June 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