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By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Beautiful story of misunderstood dinosaur in big city.

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Picture book meets graphic novel in this sweet, funny, and beautifully illustrated debut by Sean Rubin about an unassuming dinosaur who's hiding in plain sight amid the bustle of New York City. Like Lovable Lyle, about another famous reptile in the city, Bolivar approaches complex conversations about prejudice and neighborliness with humor and affection for city life.

Sybil's pursuit of her elusive neighbor pulls readers into the pages and into the lives of these two very different neighbors. Crosshatched illustrations in a warm palette of muted greens and golden yellow are a nod to the work of Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson and Maurice Sendak. Rubin packs his scenes with wonderful details, from the chaos of Sybil's class to tiny in-jokes like a reference to Jurassic Park and the number to call to complain about parking tickets: 1-800-NYC-YELL.

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