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The One and Only Ivan

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ISBN13: 9780061992254
ISBN10: 0061992259
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Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home — and his own art — through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.

Review:

"Inspired by a true story, Applegate (Home of the Brave) offers a haunting tale told from the perspective of Ivan, a silverback gorilla who has been confined to a small 'domain' of concrete, metal, and glass for 27 years. Joining Ivan at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade are Stella, an aging elephant, and Bob, a feisty stray dog. While other animals perform, Ivan makes art, watches TV, and offers melancholy assessments of their situation. When Ruby, an inquisitive baby elephant, arrives and Stella dies from neglect, her dying wish is for Ivan to help Ruby escape. The brief chapters read like free-verse poetry, the extra line breaks between paragraphs driving home the contrast between Ivan and humans, who in his opinion, 'waste words. They toss them like banana peels and leave them to rot.' As is to be expected, there's significant anthropomorphism, but Applegate is largely successful in creating a protagonist who can understand humans yet feels like a gorilla. Although Ivan's role in the events leading to their rescue reads as too human, readers will be left rethinking our relationship to animals. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8 – 12." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"A must have." School Library Journal (starred review)

Review:

"Utterly believable, this bittersweet story, complete with an author's note identifying the real Ivan, will inspire a new generation of advocates." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Review:

"Discover an animal hero that will take his place with other courageous and beloved animals such as Babe, Mrs. Frisby, Charlotte and Wilbur. Adults reading this aloud with children will find it just as rewarding." Shelf Awareness

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"Important." The Horn Book

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"A beautifully written, intelligent and brave book. You will never look at the relationship of humans and animals in the same way again. Quite simply, this story is life changing." Patricia MacLachlan, Newbery Medal-winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall

Review:

“Animal-loving youngsters and their adults will find plenty of food for thought in Ivan's extraordinary story.” Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

Review:

The One and Only Ivan will break your heart — and then, against all odds, mend it again. In cheering for Ivan and his friends, we cheer for our own humanity and our own possibilities. Read this.” Gary D. Schmidt, Newbery Honor author of The Wednesday Wars

Review:

“Katherine Applegate's beautiful, life-affirming story will soar directly from Ivan's heart into your own. Read it out loud. Read it alone. Read it.” Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor author of The Underneath

Synopsis:

Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller, this stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point-of-view of Ivan himself.

Having spent 27 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.

The One and Only Ivan was hailed as a best book of the year by Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Amazon, demonstrating it is a true classic in the making. In the tradition of timeless stories like Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan's unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope. An author's note depicts the differences between the fictional story and true events.

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About the Author

Katherine Applegate's many books include the Roscoe Riley Rules chapter book series, the picture book The Buffalo Storm, and the award-winning novel Home of the Brave. With her husband, Michael Grant, she wrote the hugely popular series Animorphs, which has sold more than 35 million copies worldwide.

Katherine was inspired to write The One and Only Ivan after reading about the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, the Shopping Mall Gorilla. The real Ivan lived alone in a tiny cage for twenty-seven years at a shopping mall before being moved to Zoo Atlanta after a public outcry. He is now a beloved celebrity at the zoo, which houses the nation's largest collection of western lowland gorillas. Ivan is well known for his paintings, which he "signs" with a thumb-print.

Katherine lives in California with her husband and two children.

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The Family that Reads, January 27, 2014 (view all comments by The Family that Reads)
The name of this book is "The one and only Ivan". This story is about a Silverback gorilla. This gorilla is not any ordinary gorilla. This gorilla is being held captive for 25 years in a cage. Ivan has been held at Big Top 8 Mall and Video Arcade. I would recommend this book. I think this book should be read out loud. It is the most beautiful and simple book I think I have ever read.
Written by Fanciful Fashion Kid, age 8.
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Julie Tibbetts, January 13, 2013 (view all comments by Julie Tibbetts)
I picked up The One and Only Ivan and never put it down until I was finished. Ivan is a gorilla living in a strip mall and is part of the entertainment for the mall's shoppers. As strange as this might seem...the story was insprired from a real life gorilla who was living in a strip mall in Tacoma, Washington. Ivan narrates the story and opens up the world of the captive animal to the reader. The story really deals with so many issues...friendship, kindness, sorrow, triump, and love. I came away with a new perspective of what cruelties we humans subject on the beautiful animals of the worid and how freindship, commintment, and love are so important to us all. Trust me....you will love this book!
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Miz Houghton, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Miz Houghton)
Hands down the best book of 2012. Written in verse from the perspective of Ivan, a gorilla who has been captive for his whole life without ever seeing another gorilla. Based on Ivan, the gorilla who lived in a Tacoma mall for many years, this book is just touching enough without being saccharine.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061992254
Author:
Applegate, Katherine
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Author:
Costa, Patricia Castelao
Author:
Castelao, Patricia
Author:
Resnick, Jacqueline
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-Apes and Monkeys
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Animals - Apes & Monkeys
Subject:
Animals - Farm Animals
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Misfit Menagerie
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20120117
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 8 up to 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Inspired by a true story, Applegate (Home of the Brave) offers a haunting tale told from the perspective of Ivan, a silverback gorilla who has been confined to a small 'domain' of concrete, metal, and glass for 27 years. Joining Ivan at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade are Stella, an aging elephant, and Bob, a feisty stray dog. While other animals perform, Ivan makes art, watches TV, and offers melancholy assessments of their situation. When Ruby, an inquisitive baby elephant, arrives and Stella dies from neglect, her dying wish is for Ivan to help Ruby escape. The brief chapters read like free-verse poetry, the extra line breaks between paragraphs driving home the contrast between Ivan and humans, who in his opinion, 'waste words. They toss them like banana peels and leave them to rot.' As is to be expected, there's significant anthropomorphism, but Applegate is largely successful in creating a protagonist who can understand humans yet feels like a gorilla. Although Ivan's role in the events leading to their rescue reads as too human, readers will be left rethinking our relationship to animals. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8 – 12." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "A must have."
"Review" by , "Utterly believable, this bittersweet story, complete with an author's note identifying the real Ivan, will inspire a new generation of advocates."
"Review" by , "Discover an animal hero that will take his place with other courageous and beloved animals such as Babe, Mrs. Frisby, Charlotte and Wilbur. Adults reading this aloud with children will find it just as rewarding."
"Review" by , "Important."
"Review" by , "A beautifully written, intelligent and brave book. You will never look at the relationship of humans and animals in the same way again. Quite simply, this story is life changing."
"Review" by , “Animal-loving youngsters and their adults will find plenty of food for thought in Ivan's extraordinary story.”
"Review" by , The One and Only Ivan will break your heart — and then, against all odds, mend it again. In cheering for Ivan and his friends, we cheer for our own humanity and our own possibilities. Read this.”
"Review" by , “Katherine Applegate's beautiful, life-affirming story will soar directly from Ivan's heart into your own. Read it out loud. Read it alone. Read it.”
"Synopsis" by , Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller, this stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point-of-view of Ivan himself.

Having spent 27 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.

The One and Only Ivan was hailed as a best book of the year by Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Amazon, demonstrating it is a true classic in the making. In the tradition of timeless stories like Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan's unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope. An author's note depicts the differences between the fictional story and true events.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

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