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"Within this poignant story about a long-imprisoned circus gorilla trying
to save a baby elephant from the harsh realities of life in a cage,
Katherine Applegate has given us both a heartbreaking look at the dark
side of animal captivity and a moving testament to the miraculous power
of true friendship. This beautiful story absolutely made me cry, but I
loved every page of it."
"The One and Only Ivan is the story of Ivan, a silverback
gorilla, who lived his life caged in a rundown mall. Told through Ivan’s
voice, I really felt his pain and his longing for a better life. This
is a book I won’t forget."
“I read this aloud with my daughter, and it is a great discussion
starter. It’s about Ivan, a gorilla who lives in a mall, and he was
content for a long time. He realizes that his life could be better, and
he works hard to improve his life and the lives of the other animals. I
can definitely see why it’s won awards. It inspires empathy for the
voiceless. Ivan tries to communicate with the girl who comes to visit
him through drawings. She just responds with how cute she thinks they
are. Ivan is left frustrated and so distressed that he can’t make her
understand that he beats his chest and roars like he would out in the
wild. That’s an image that will stay with me for a long time.”
“Ivan, a gorilla, has spent most of his life with humans and the other animals at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. His memory of life before humans and cages is hazy, until a terrified young elephant joins him and he starts to remember the importance of family and belonging. A wonderful read, full of heart.”
— Lisa Fabiano, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA
The #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery Award-winning novel The One and Only Ivan is now a major motion picture streaming on Disney+
This unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated book is told from the point of view of Ivan himself.
Having spent twenty-seven years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.
In the tradition of timeless stories like Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create an unforgettable story of friendship, art, and hope.
The One and Only Ivan features first-person narrative; author's use of literary devices (personification, imagery); and story elements (plot, character development, perspective).
This acclaimed middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 8, for independent reading, homeschooling, and sharing in the classroom.
Plus don't miss The One and Only Bob, Katherine Applegate's return to the world of Ivan, Bob, and Ruby!
Katherine Applegate is the Newbery Medal–winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including The One and Only Ivan, The One and Only Bob, Crenshaw, Wishtree, the Endling series, the Roscoe Riley Rules chapter book series, and the Animorphs series, which she coauthored with her husband, Michael Grant. Katherine lives with her husband and their children in California. You can visit her online at www.katherineapplegate.com or visit www.theoneandonlyivan.com.