Bolivar is an epic picture book and a masterful children’s graphic novel and a great book with amazing illustrations. There are dinosaurs, mistaken identities, mean girl drama and several chapters, for Pete’s sake. (We have it in the graphic novels at the library, which is probably the best spot for it, but you still worry about it not finding all its readers. Rest assured — I will find a way to sneak it onto display shelves as often as I can!)
After you enjoy the story, flip back through and appreciate the illustrations one more time. They are so full of things to look at – buildings, subways, museums, strategically placed word bubbles, and maybe a reference to Raiders of the Lost Ark or Edward Hopper paintings. With the right kid, this book would be a joy to read in one massive, fun sweep, or in smaller chunks as a bedtime story. What dreams they would have!
Wonderful. Just wonderful.
Bolivar by Sean Rubin