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Review: ‘Bolivar Eats New York: A Discovery Adventure’

Bolivar Eats New York: A Discovery Adventure
by Sean Rubin
Archaia, $14.99 (hardcover)
Ages 5-8 years

The followup to the impressive Bolivar, about a dinosaur living incognito in New York City, takes a different approach. Instead of a story, this is a puzzle picture book.

Bolivar Eats New York cover

Sybil thinks Bolivar should eat something other than corned beef sandwiches, so she makes him come with her to visit representative New York food institutions, including a kosher deli, the Coney Island Boardwalk, a dim sum restaurant, an Italian bakery, and, of course, a pizza joint.

Each location is represented by a lovely two-page scene, a brief description of the kind of food found there, and images of five items to find in the picture. None of the locations are real; instead, they’re emblematic of the type of establishment. Bolivar Eats New York is a wonderful gastronomic journey that can be enjoyed over and over, all the more now when it’s not actually possible to visit and share the delicacies.

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Johanna Draper Carlson has been reviewing comics for over 20 years. She manages, the longest-running independent review site online that covers all genres of comic books, graphic novels, and manga. She has an MA in popular culture, studying online fandom, and was previously, among many other things, webmaster for DC Comics. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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