Polly is an ordinary girl or so it seems. However, Polly is extraordinary; not only is she a real rescuer of animals however small and unexpected, but she can talk to animals. So when the horrible Mr and Mrs Snell buy the local Zoo and capture a bear cub to be the top attraction, it is up to Polly to save Booboo.
This a charming story from an author who is well established as a picture book creator. Polly is an engaging character and her companion Crow adds humour. The Snells are suitably nasty and to ensure balance, PoodyWoo, the beloved cat of Mr Snell, is just as horrible. However, the feared Bears who live in the Wild Bear Wood whose terrible growls can be heard every night as they seek their cub provide that element of tension – and surprise. Attractively produced with the author’s own pen and ink illustrations throughout, the longer format is handled well and the plot moves forward at a satisfying pace, each chapter ending on that little hook that will encourage the reader to want more. This would be ideal for the confident younger KS1 reader as well as for sharing with children who want a more substantial story but would appreciate the decorative visual elements that go with it.