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Bolivar
2017
Availability
Fiction/Biography Profile
Characters
Sybil (Female), Tries to get people's attention on her odd next door neighbor
Genre
Adventure
Fiction
Juvenile
Humorous
Topics
Dinosaurs
City life
Animals
Prehistoric creatures
Setting
New York - Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)
Large Cover Image
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Bolivar lives a quiet life in New York City-visiting museums and bookstores, eating corned beef sandwiches, and largely keeping to himself. In such a fast-moving town, no one even notices that Bolivar is a dinosaur: "So long as Bolivar paid his rent (he did) and stayed quiet after 10 o'clock at night (he did that too), no one ever bothered him." Sybil, a girl next door, is the exception, but her efforts to tell her mother, teachers, and city officials about the dinosaur in their midst go unheard or dismissed, making her all the more determined to prove he exists. Debut author-illustrator Rubin spins a delightful tale that captures the childhood frustration of not being taken seriously by adults, as well as an amusing exploration of curiosity and friendship. The intricate details of the carefully crosshatched artwork and gorgeous panoramic scenes of street life give readers a great many things to discover in each panel. It's an irreverent but loving tribute to a city whose residents have seen it all but sometimes miss what's right in front of them, too. Ages 8-up. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
What would you do if your neighbor was a dinosaur?<br> <br> Going extinct isn't for everyone.<br> <br> Sybil knows that there is something off about her next door neighbor, but she can't seem to get anyone to believe her. Everyone is so busy going about their days in the busy streets of New York City that they don't notice Bolivar. They don't notice his odd height, his tiny arms, or his long tail. No one but Sybil sees that Bolivar is a dinosaur.<br> <br> When an unlikely parking ticket pulls Bolivar into an adventure from City Hall to New York's Natural History Museum, he must finally make a choice: continue to live unnoticed, or let the city see who he really is.<br> <br> School Library Journal says... <br> " Bolivar the dinosaur speaks to the introvert in all of us. That part deep down inside that encourages us to hide away from the world, keep to ourselves, and avoid any and all connections for fear of getting hurt. Dinosaurs may not be around anymore but Bolivars abound. Even little Bolivars who will pick up this book and instantly connect with someone just like them. So for the Bolivars and the Manhattan-lovers, the graphic novel enthusiasts and the parents just looking for a good bedtime story, Bolivar the book is the place to go. Dino-mite stuff. "
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