The Adventures of Captain Polo (Book 1): The Climate Change Comic


When a hungry polar bear is pitched into the stormy seas from a tiny piece of melting ice, he embarks on an epic journey of discovery that will change his life forever.

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At the beginning of his life-changing journey, the bear is hungry, frightened and alone, drifting further and further from an Arctic home that is changing in ways he cannot comprehend. But the bear without a name survives, and as he travels the world, meeting colourful characters both human and non-human and getting into all sorts of adventures, he gradually begins to understand a reality he never knew existed. The bear who will become Captain Polo realises he is not alone in seeking answers.

Readers as young as 9 will be swept into a global journey of discovery that will help them understand some of the causes and effects of the most critical environmental crisis in human history, what people are doing about it, and how each one of us can make a difference - wherever we live, and whoever we are.

Our children are facing an existential crisis in the form of ecological collapse and global climate change, but they don't have to stay confused and anxious. Instead, give them what they need: understanding and actionable knowledge empowering them to become agents of positive change at home and at school.

This is the mission of Captain Polo the Bear.

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"In essence, Captain Polo is the story about us and our future on Earth, presented in a knowledge-based and adventurous way, which can spark much-needed conversations and action to save Humanity." – Prof. Johan Rockström, Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Research.

"The Adventures of Captain Polo: The Climate Change Comic stands out with its vivid illustrations and clear, engaging narrative. It’s not just a story about a talking polar bear; it’s a compelling invitation to understand and engage with the critical issue of climate change. By framing this global challenge through the lens of adventure, Hesse encourages readers to consider their own impact on the world and promotes awareness in an approachable, memorable manner." – Literary Titan

"A very professionally written children’s (MS age) educational storybook. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters, settings, etc. This could also make another great children’s educational global warming movie, a classroom presentation, an animated cartoon, or better yet a mini TV series." – Tony Parsons, 5-star Amazon Review

"… a unique, fun and educational way to learn about climate change and our human responsibility. Part One introduces numerous topics including, but not limited to: rising and warming ocean water, migrating fish and animal populations, endangered species and introduced pests, coral bleaching, consumerism, pollution, cattle raising, lack of attention to traditional wisdom, islands of floating rubbish at sea, tar sand oil extraction, among many, many others. Polo's discoveries offer an opportunity for discussion and debate between young and old in homes and classrooms around the world on topics that can no longer be ignored or passed over lightly. Footnotes throughout and a final epilogue offer helpful scientific explanations and practical solutions. The reader is left understanding the gravity of the situation without being led into despair. Polo is an attractive, inspiring character who can be introduced to students as a messenger of various voices about the current world emergency for which we are all responsible. Looking forward to exploring Part Two and Three!" – Santiago Jacome, 5-star Amazon review

"I think this book series is doing a very important job, informing about what is happening in the world regarding climate change and related social issues. It is quite amazing the amount of information that is told without getting boring or confusing. It has good rhythm and balance, it is very entertaining. I really love the style of the drawings. They are so efficient, so expressive, light, with a great flow. I totally recommend this comic for older kids. So vital for our future, to have this type of content, bringing awareness to reality in such a positive way." – Mina, 5-star Amazon review

"Kudos to the author for bringing this important problem to light in a special way that is easier for kids to understand, What a great book for parents and grandparents to share with little ones whose lives will really be changed if we don't do something about this tragedy." – P.S. Winn, 5-star Amazon review

"I believe this kind of book can change the minds of the next generation and help save the world." – RTH, Amazon 5-star review

"I live in France where comics are very popular, (known as bande dessinée or more simply, BD). They are used a lot to teach, especially social and moral skills. Alan Hesse has put this to great use in his Captain Polo series by using terrific cartoons, cool dialogue, and a fun story to allow the reader to explore climate change. I find the books, and I have gone on to read others, as difficult to put down, and I warmed to the characters. Love the style of drawing, and that the message is not in-your-face. A great book for ages, funny, and highly recommended." – Kevin Albin, 5-star Amazon review

"This says it’s aimed at secondary school students but should be required reading for politicians and decision-makers at every level." – Ananda, 5-star Amazon review


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